Statement of Intent
"In 1982, I danced in « Ulysse » a major work by Jean-Claude Gallotta, subsequently restaged by many teams of dancers.
This magnificent experience made me want to choreograph.
Twenty years later, Jean-Claude asked me to participate in the creation of “3 Générations,” identical choreography performed by 3 different generations of dancers.
I adapted this piece with great joy for the youngest dancers of the Groupe Grenade. Four groups of 8 dancers alternated the performances for three years.
This adventure, once again, brought on a lot of emotions and showed that the trust placed in these children was completely justified. They performed Gallotta’s impulsive and sliced dance with a lot of energy and sobriety
We both fondly remember the wonderful moments ULYSSE brought us.
An idea gradually germinated: why not recreate the piece with the young dancers of the Groupe Grenade and take on the challenge of a new interpretation?
How can they appropriate one of the fastest, airy dances of Jean-Claude Gallotta’s repertoire?
How can the interpretation of this dance created for adults be perceived and reproduced 25 years later by such young dancers?
Certainly a bold bet, but this common journey generated a lot of enthusiasm among the children who where able to demonstrate incredible technical skills and motivation.
I developed this piece with a childlike energy: white decor and costumes, lightness, speed, joyful folly, frenzied and relentless energy.
For our part, we are ready to bet that this poetic and playful world of “Ulysse enfant” will amaze both old and young audiences alike.”
Josette Baïz, 2006
Run time : 60 minutes
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Talent on the other hand, the children of Ulysse, as they’ve been re-baptized, have plenty. Legs with springs, volatile arms, nervous reactivity, all of Gallotta is there. Nose in the air, head to the wind, they gallop, jump, change direction, enter and exit never ceasing to frolic. Body waves and sound waves signed by Henry Torgue and Serge Houppin sweep the empty, white stage with pointillist streaks.
The paradox of this restaging appears throughout the show. We never forget that these are children and teenagers moving with a transparent grace that captivates us. Yet, in the same movement, we also forget these children and see only one solid impeccably constructed and brisk dance piece. The infallible choices of Jean-Claude Gallotta and Josette Baïz who danced Ulysse in 1982, marvel. (…)
Choreography : Josette Baïz
Assistant : Elodie Ducasse
Performers (original cast 16 danseurs) : Anaële Mazzieri-Sarkissian, Anna Kovaleff, Anna Suraniti, Auguste Nganta, Blanche Dekerguenec, Camice Benharbit, Camille Cortez, Charlotte Micheletti, Faye Spence, Jeanne Pegourie, Lisa Bournelle, Mickaël Palmieri, Samuel Maarek, Samantha Manouelian, Sarah Mugglebee, Thalie Micallef.
Coach : Elodie Ducasse, Sinath Ouk, Andréa Perekovic, Stéphanie Vial.
Music : Jean-Jacques Palix et Jean-Claude Camors
Set Design and Lighting : Dominique Drillot
Costume design : Patrick Murru
Wardrobe : Sylvie Le Guyader
Stage and sound manager : André Béja
Lighting : Fred Gromier et Erwann Collet
Production / Coproduction
Production Groupe Grenade en co-production avec le Théâtre des Salins - Scène Nationale de Martigues, Château Rouge Annemasse. Technical coproduction: Grand Théâtre de Provence. Studio guests residency : Centre Départemental de création de l’Etang des Aulnes/ CG13, CCN Aix-en-Provence Pavillon Noir.
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