La Création du monde in Athens

La Création du monde in Athens



To mark its 15th anniversary, the Fluxum Foundation, in collaboration with the Athens State Orchestra, KOA; Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall; and the Greek National School of Dance, KSOT, is recreating the ballet, La Création du monde. 

Choreographed by Jean Börlin to the music of Darius Milhaud, with a libretto by Blaise Cendrars and stage sets by Fernand Léger, this work from the Ballets suédois was first presented in 1923 in Paris. 

In 2000, the Fluxum Foundation began working with Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer for the first time to reconstruct La Création du monde. The ballet was then performed in the courtyard of the Geneva Art and History Museum, in partnership with the Grand Théâtre de Genève. 

The Fluxum Foundation, offering its unique and distinctive form of creative engagement, is celebrating 15 years of supporting the performing arts. It is now restaging La Création du monde in order to collaborate with young graduates from the Greek National School of Dance, giving them a chance to work alongside Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer. These professionals are true archeologists of dance, specializing in reconstructing ballets whose original choreographies have been lost. In their staging of La Création du monde, they have recreated Fernand Léger’s sets and costumes in a version that is at once freer and more sculptural than imagined by the original artist. The choreography highlights the symbolism in the animal, human, and divine realms. 

Twenty-seven dancers from the Greek National School of Dance and the musicians of the Athens State Orchestra will have this unique opportunity to experience what it is like to redesign a ballet from the modern era. 

Performances will be presented at the Athens Concert Hall in February 2018. 

The show will unfold in two parts: 

I. Musical Introduction
By way of an introduction, and to provide the 1923 creative backdrop to the ballet, the State Orchestra will reproduce the musical atmosphere of the Ballets Russes of the 1920s. 
Program TBD. 
 
II. "La Création du monde" 

Production
Athens State Orchestra 
Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall 
Flux Laboratory 

Dancers
Greek National School of Dance, KSOT 
Info coming soon  

Artistic Director
Cynthia Odier 

Choreography, stage design, costumes
Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, from the work of Jean Börlin and Fernand Léger 

Scenery: 
Info coming soon  

Musical Score:  
Performed by the Athens State Orchestra 

Musical Director
Stefanos Tsialis 

Narrative
Blaise Cendrars 

Light Designer
Anna Sbokou  

Acknowledgements
Greek National School of Dance, KSOT, and its director, Pavlina Veremi

Documents

Milicent Hodson & Kenneth Archer Portfolio of Images
KLAUS-PETER KÖPPING Colonial Erasure – Post-colonial Recovery: Identity/Alterity in Faustin Linyekula’s Choreographies