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A QUESTION OF DISTANCE
CH: Philippe Saire, Switzerland

Two international premieres

Two stunning new works especially created for DANCE THEATRE OF IRELAND by guest Choreographers Charles Cre-Ange (France) and Philippe Saire (Switzerland), premiered to critical acclaim in April 2001 in Dublin's Tivoli Theatre.

"…..a sexy, sensuous, exciting and, at times, totally hypnotic evening - …a magnificent evening of music, dance and theatre. A resounding success, this show."
Joe Jackson Hot Press 25 April 2001

"....a glorious evening of contrasts, humour, grace, provocative thoughtfulness and a degree of craft and artistry that is entrancing"
Patrick Brennan The Examiner April 9 2001

"An evening of innovation…a night of eloquent dance…brimming with energy and fun…This show is all about movement…the performances were electric."
Seona MacReamoinn The Sunday Tribune April 8 2001

" A Question of Distance is Saire's highly poetic, beautiful, unpredictable and witty articulation of how human beings allocate space (or not)…the liquid voice of Nat King Cole drips over the highly sensual textures ….Charles Cre-Ange uses modern and rock dance music (Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Leftfield) to present us with a harder, more urban elaboration on notions of exile, isolation and difference. Both works stress the individuality and ultimately the dignity of the human being."
Patrick Brennan, The Examiner

"It is steep, daring, unbridled, true…movement moves like a magnetic connection amongst the dancers, who give of themselves completely, joyously…these works are commendable also for their exact timing, their brevity…other choreographers should be so inspired…"
Jean Claude Dienis, DANSER (FRANCE)

"…remarkable invention, imagination… perfect interpretation - cold and abstract when needed, warm to sensual at other moments…a success."
Philippe Verrielle, Les Saisons de la Danse

"outstanding performances…brilliant…"
Carolyn Swift The Irish Times April 6 2001

"The two works are serendipitously complementary…the individual in relation to occasionally hostile incursions by others into their own comfort zones features in both works…invention …with humour and charm…provocative …young and attractive."
Dixon, Ballet International (Germany)

"...freely inspired…Refreshing!….this choreography is the best of Saire…"
Jean Pierre Pastori, 24 Hrs, Switzerland

"…a funny and very human work… The sequences danced in silence alternate with others moved by cords or songs by Nat King Cole. The swiftness becomes tranquillity, the bright spots melt in an intimate lighting. The six dancers, dressed in bright scarlet or apple green costumes explode in a space limited by a square of light. Couples meet, fall in each others arms or get violently entangled."
Anna Hohler Le Temps 6 April 2001, Switzerland

" …capturing movement and relationship between people …the wonder of Saire's choreography…In Charles Cre-Ange's work, it explodes upon you…we are left in awe of a stage alive with movement…it swings in every direction. And then it is over…we walk down the road, aware of the proximity of the people around us and the closeness of couples that pass. Something to inspire me, and I found it when I went to this production."
Ciaran McMahon, Scroll Internet Magazine


Ch. Charles Cre-Ange & Philippe Saire; Dancers: Blanca Arrieta, Stefano Botto, Niamh Condron, Robert Connor, Peta Coy, JJ Formento and Robert Jackson; Music: Brahim Ferrer, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Leftfield, Cake, The Buena Vista Social Club, Studio XY2, Nat King Cole, Karl Friedrich Aber, Marin Marais and Corelli; Costumes: Marc O' Neill/Charles Cre-Ange; Lighting: Mark Galione/Charles Cre-Ange ; Set Design: Charles Cre-Ange


This production has been made possible with the support of :
The Arts Council, The French Embassy, The Swiss Embassy and The Dublin Corporation


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