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The Twelve Brothers

An interactive ballet choreography inspired by the Grimm's Brothers.

The Twelve Brothers

An interactive ballet choreography inspired by the Grimm's Brothers.

$201
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 30 2019 10:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 30, 2019

About


              PERFORMANCE FEBRUARY 21&22, 2020 

                       Glorya Kaufman Theater, UCLA


WHY CREATING A NEW BALLET REPERTOIRE? 

Ballet repertoire has always been part of my background as a dancer and a choreographer. In France, ballet performances are part of a strong and long history of Dance. Institutions such as l’Opéra de Paris, l’Opéra de Nice, l’Opéra de Bordeaux represent the French dance field. They are important as they play a major role in producing new ballets not only to fulfill our tradition in entertainment but also for education purposes.

By creating The Twelves Brothers, I hope to open narrative work to different communities and to reflect on the actual society. Indeed, creating a new ballet repertoire allows me the possibility to bring on stage representation of minorities.

Furthermore, this creation is a completely new type of ballet. The story is revisited with the use of new technologies in a goal to educate and gather people from different communities.  Different generations of viewers will be able to find references to what they like, what they know but also they will be able to create a relationship between literature and art making. 

THE CHOREOGRAPHY

My French educational background in ballet and contemporary dance from the Paris Conservatory combined with my experience as contemporary choreographer and dancer allows me to bring ballet dance vocabulary in the creation of contemporary performances.    I believe there is room to bring contemporary dance in the ballet institutions without stepping out of what they are used to produce.


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TECHNOLOGY

With this work, I am interested in understanding the component of a ballet repertoire such as Swan Lake, Giselle, and the Nutcracker. All the ballet repertoire pieces are based on a story, a music, a decor, and a corps de ballet with main characters. Creating a new ballet is for me the possibility of using new techniques and new devices of creation. For the choreography part of this creation, I am interested in bringing video projections as a main tool to create the background and to support the story. This video projection is allowing bigger and faster changes during the performance, going from images from the inside of a castle, to a forest, to a small house and finally to a courtyard outside of the castle.  The projection will happen on multiples surfaces including the floor.  This will give stage depth, volume, and allow to create multiple stories simultaneously. 

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MUSIC

After researching the perfect music to support the story, my interest went to the symphony “Nature symphony” composed by Siegmund von Haussegger in 1911. This music has the component of the classical ballet music with a little twist at this end, using a choir. This music is 55 minutes long and by its construction paints extremely well the different parts of the Grimm’s story. 

It was for me, since the first time I heard it, a perfect match. The first part of the music opens with the sound of French horns and trumpets, instruments that make references to the universe of Royalty in most of the fairy tales. Played by a symphonic orchestra, the different layers created by the instruments bring the atmosphere needed for this creation. Moreover, at the end, with the use of a choir, it defines perfectly the final scene.


Your contribution in this project will help to :

- Pay the artists (dancers, videographers, set designers, and costume designers)

- Help getting the props we need for the performance (high quality video-projectors, fabrics, renting a white dance floor)

- Develop the marketing around this project (program, poster, and advertising campaigns)

- Pay a video team, to create an archive of this performance and to develop later on a short-film around this choreography

Risks and challenges

budget, video creation and making a professional creation in a context of university program will be challenging.

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    Brother #10

    You are a super Brother ! You will receive all the previous rewards of the other brothers AND a package send to your home, with the dvd of the performance, the program, a poster, a personal thank you. Plus, if you are in Los Angeles for the show, you will get 2 tickets !

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    Brother #11

    Brother #11 you are the second best brother of the Grimm's family. You will receive all the previous rewards given to your other brothers AND you will be able to invite up to 10 tickets to bring your friends to the show! Also you will be invited to have a drink after the show with the team !

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    Brother #12

    You will be the brother of the year ! You will be a huge contributor to the creation of this work ! You will receive all the rewards given to the other brothers AND you will also be welcomed to come to see the backstage and a rehearsal with your friends ! A personal note from the entire team will be given to you as well as your name as main producer of the show on the video recording and on my website: www.grellierghislain.com

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