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Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon & Christos Papadopoulos

  • Music

The mycelium is the part of fungi that we know the least about because we can’t see it. Beneath our feet, in the humus of the forests, this huge network of threads enables the trees and the fungal kingdom to communicate with each other and exchange nutrients. Inspired by the workings of this underground network, Christos Papadopoulos transfers the vitality of its currents to the bodies of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon. Together, the 20 dancers form a moving, turbulent structure in which information – every small gesture and its micro-variations, every momentary adjustment – circulates freely. They are accompanied by the repetitive music of Coti K., a stream of offbeats and electronic loops.

The Greek choreographer is fascinated by the creativity and inscrutability inherent in natural processes and translates his observations into artistic creations. He brings nature to the stage as a complex web of relationships. For example, he has worked with flocks of birds and fish (“Ion”, 2018) or the slow melting of an iceberg (“Larsen C”, 2021).

Choreography: Christos Papadopoulos
Choreographic Assistent: Georgios Kotsifakis
Music: Coti K.
Lighting Design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Costume Design: Angelos Mentis
Ballet master: Pierre Advokatoff, Amandine Roque De la Cruz
Ballet der Opéra de Lyon: Marie Albert, Jacqueline Bâby, Edi Blloshmi, Eleonora Campello, Noëllie Conjeaud, Katrien de Bakker, Abril Diaz, Jade Diouf, Alvaro Dule, Brendan Evans, Paul Grégoire, Jackson Haywood, Amanda Lana, Marco Merenda, Albert Nikolli, Leoannis Pupo-Guillen, Anna Romanova, Raul Serrano Nuñez, Giacomo Todeschi, Kaine Ward

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses.