Who said dance and architecture don't mix? Certainly not the choreographers Gerard & Kelly who, on the occasion of the Festival d'Automne, invest the Villa Savoye and the Apartment-workshop of Le Corbusier. On the program: modern architecture and no two!

Accustomed to mixing choreography and architecture, Brenna Gerard and Ryan Kelly have already danced through many iconic books from the United States, such as Philip Johnson's Glass House in Connecticut or Rudolf Schindler's home in Los Angeles. On the occasion of the 2019 edition of the Festival d'Automne - event with multidisciplinary programming inaugurated in 1972 -, the duo invests two high places of architecture of the Paris region: the Apartment-Workshop and the Villa Savoye, signed Le Corbusier.

Starting from the brutalist architecture of the CND (Pantin), the troupe of the two choreographers moved to the Villa Savoye, located in the Yvelines. Inspired by the brief liaison that the architect and dancer Josephine Baker maintained at the end of the 1920 years, the artists imagine that the villa is the home (fictional) of this iconic and unexpected couple: the rational man and the passionate dancer , the one accused of his fascist inclinations and the heroine of the Resistance, the intellectual and the star. It is this complex relation that they reinterpret thanks to the movements of their body, associating the rigidity of the building with the flexibility of their members. This performance including seven dancers will be visible from September 28 to 6 October, every day for one hour.

Another step in this musical journey, the apartment-studio Molitor building (16ème arrondissement) becomes here, under the leadership of three performers, the opportunity to reflect on time. A show that experiences standing 16 October 18 and also questions the new concepts of "living together".

Between rigor and sensuality, the Gerard & Kelly duo gives a whole new meaning to these iconic works.

To learn more, visit Gerard & Kelly's website

Photographs: CND, and Barrère & Simon / Phom

Zoe Térouinard

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