L'amour. La liberte.
Gwen Rakotovao Company
The French-born choreographer Gwen Rakotovao and her Manhattan based contemporary dance company, marks its opening season at Dixon Place. Gwen Rakotovao Company will be presenting one of Artistic Director Gwen Rakotovao’s most recent creation, “L’Amour. La liberté.” (Love.Freedom.) a transcendent dance evening featuring original music by Chopin interpreted by the Leeds College of Music and music by Tenth Intervention, Ferenz Kallos, Adrian Rack.
In L’Amour. La liberté. French-born choreographer and Artistic Director, Gwen Rakotovao, explores the connection between cultures and human beings with a message of hope that one day this connection will allow the gaps between generations, genders, judgments and individuals to heal. Rakotovao’s energetic, yet soothing and calming unique movement utilizes different movement from various styles and culture, mixed with music in collaboration with the Leeds College of Music. L’Amour, La liberté, Gwen Rakotovao’s first full evening length work, expresses a fresh insight in what is happening now in our society.
About Gwen Rakotovao Company: "An explosive journey" wrote the writer and journalist Nick Mwaluko, to describe the work of the choreographer Gwen Rakotovao. French and Malagasy, Rakotovao grew up in a multicultural atmosphere which made her discover the rythmes and sounds of the folklore music from Madagascar. Valuing and honoring the diversity of cultures, the Gwen Rakotovao Company dancers come from the Caribbean, South and North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Gwen Rakotovao Company blends the new and the traditional for a unique repertory. Together they find the inspiration in the rich theme of the XXeme century. The company invites authors, composers, photographers and poets such as Dorian Wallace, Ferenz Kallos, Andrian Rack... in the choreographic work for which they are collaborators and mentor in the same time. http://www.gwenrakotovaocompany.org
Choreography: Gwen Rakotovao
Dancers: Jonathan Breton, Heather Conn, Yuki Fukui, Joan Liu, Erke Roosen.
Music: In collaboration with the Leeds College of Music.
Head of Classical department: Anastasia Belina-Johnson.
Gavin Doyle, Victor Gutierrez, Daniel Johnson , Joshua Kelly, Beth Temperley.
Programming: Toby Wiltshire, Engineer: Tom Orrell
Tenth Intervention, Ferenz Kallos, Andrian Rack.
Costume stylist: Madina Jah