Homo Ludens

 

HOMO LUDENS

Dutch National Opera & Ballet

 

LIKE A GAME WHERE YOU SLOWLY BUT SURELY LOSE CONTROL

It was Sarah Ouakrat, first flautist with the Dutch Ballet Orchestra, to whom Juanjo Arqués turned for advice when he had decided that the flute could be an important source of inspiration for his new creation.

“She gave me lots of information and made suggestions for pieces of music. That’s how I found Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto, which intrigued me immensely straight away. It’s very dynamic, strong music, and is so exciting that you continually feel like something’s about to happen…See more…

CREDITS

Choreography: Juanjo Arqués

Music: Marc André Dalbavie

Flute soloist: Sarah Ouekrat.

Dramaturge: Fabienne Vegt

Lighting Designer: Bert Dalhuizen

Costume Designer: Oliver Haller

Scenography: Juanjo Arqués

Assistant: Jose Carlos Blanco Martinez

Ballet Master: Sandrine Leroy

Premiere February 2017 Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Length: 18min

 
 
 
‘Juanjo Arqués opened the proceedings with a breakthrough, Homo Ludens. In this creation, he plays abstract games with an urgent flute concerto by French composer Marc-André Dalbavie. In the lead role, the virtuosic Young Gyu Choi directed the flautist (Sarah Ouakrat) and five couples like a puppet master — before turning into a puppet himself.’

— Laura Lacapelle for Financial Times
‘In Homo Ludens vertrekt Arqués vanuit de academische dans, soms illustreert hij, soms zijn het losse associaties. Hij beheerst het vocabulaire en weet het op te rekken met nieuwe lijnen en bogen. De duetten tonen prachtige bewegingssculpturen.’

—Marcelle Schots for Theaterkrant
 
 

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