Summer programme by Parallèle at [mac]

Published on 19 June 2023
Dancer of the Year
Trajal Harrell

19 and 20 may, 9:30 pm

Trajal Harrell presents his solo, Dancer of the Year. Over the last two decades the American choreographer has been reimagining the history of contemporary dance and its subcultures through a series of transgressively original works for the stage and gallery spaces. This new full-length work is a response to his own selection as ‘dancer of the year’ by Tanz magazine in 2018. The award triggers a process of reflection, both on his personal journey and on the value of dance as a practice. Urgent questions of cultural transmission return in this powerfully emotional solo: the legacy of Butoh and of the Japanese choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata are exposed and interrogated, raising questions about the politics of performing dance and any kind of selfie.

50 minutes
Le Bain
Gaëlle Bourges

3 and 4 june, 10:00 am
Le bain plunges into the history of art by using two 16th century paintings: "Diane au bain", École de Fontainebleau, after François Clouet (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours); and "Suzanne au bain", Le Tintoret (Musée du Louvre-Lens).
To make them appear, three performers manipulate fresh water, dolls, rabbits, frogs, old men and a deer's head, added to some toiletries. The trio thus retraces two old stories often illustrated by painting - the episode of Actaeon from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', and of Susanna spied on by two old men who are finally punished for their indiscretion (book of Daniel in the Old Testament). Combining dance, song and storytelling, Le bain proposes to open up a way for children (and their parents) to relate to the representation of naked bodies in the history of art.
All audiences, from 6 years old
50 minutes
Unending love, or love dies, on repeat like it's endless
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins

7 july, 9:30 pm

As part of the Festival de Marseille
Unending love, or love dies, on repeat like it’s endless is a choreography by Alex Baczyński-Jenkins that reflects on the relations of desire, dance, fragmentation, love (as communality) and time. The work develops and unfolds through its different iterations.
Through gesture, sensuality, touch and relationality, Baczyński-Jenkins’ practice unfolds structures and politics of desire. Relationality is present in the dialogical ways in which the work is developed and performed as well as in the materials and poetics it invokes. This includes tracing relations between sensation and sociality, embodied expression and alienation, the textures of everyday experience, the utopian and latent queer histories. He approaches choreography as a way of reflecting on the matter of feeling, perception and collective emergence, while indulging in other ways of experiencing memory, time and change. 
From 12 years old
2 hours
Bar and food available on site