Olga de Soto continues her choreographic research work, whose main vectors are the history of dance and perception, directing her gaze to La Mesa Verde, the work of the German choreographer Kurt Jooss, released in 1932, a few months before Hitler’s rise to power In Germany, inspired by a macabre dance of the Middle Ages and considered one of the politically more committed works of the twentieth century, in which the choreographer denounces the rise of fascism and war.

What do you remember of a stage work those who have made a show a long time ago, or those that allow, thanks to their work, to continue to exist today? What is the transmission work? What is it to be an interpreter, a dancer? What is the place they occupy and the role that the dancers play in the history of dance? How does a work evolve within its own history? And in the bosom of History? What impact does a politically committed work have on the public’s memory?.

In an empty stage, accompanied by a screen in which videos and archival images are projected, Olga de Soto recounts her research work on the mythical work of the German choreographer, sharing unexpected findings, collected along a dramatic path Rich that articulates in the direction of an exciting collective memory.

An Introduction has been translated into nine different languages and presented in numerous theaters and festivals in Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Chile.

In 2013 Olga de Soto received the SACD Belgium Award – Society of Authors and Belgian Drama Composers, in the category of Performing Arts, for the whole of her career and in particular for her research and creation work around The Green Table by Kurt Jooss.

Concept, documentation, text, camera, sound and performance Olga de Soto
With the testimony of: Micheline Hesse, Brigitte Evellin, Suzanne Batbedat, Françoise Olivaux, Frederic Stern, Françoise Dupuy, Michelle Nadal.
Video direction: Olga de Soto
Video editing: Julien Contreau y Olga de Soto
Voice-over: Kurt Jooss (excerpt from interview Berghson-Jooss, California, 1974, with authorization from Tanzarchiv Köln)
Software Video Credits: Pierre Gufflet
Technical director:: Christophe Gualde
Lighting: Thomas Walgrave
Lighting Technician: Geni Diez
Video and sound technician: Julien Lamaze
Research assistant documentary archives Cologne: Katja Herlemann
Documentary Research Assistant Companies: Karin Verbruggen
Photo: Kurt Hegel, Marian Reisman, Fritz Henle and unknown photographers. TThree photographs by Albert Renger-Patzsch / Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv – Ann und Juergen Wilde / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / SABAM, Belgium 2010.
Production: NIELS (Bruselas), in collaboration with Caravan Production (Bruselas)
Coproduction: Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté (Belfort), Les Halles (Bruselas), Tanz im August (Berlín).
With the support of: Ministère de la Communauté française de Belgique – Secteur danse, Wallonie Bruxelles International, Jooss Archives (Köln/Amsterdam) of the Deutsches, Tanzarchiv Köln (German Dance Archives).
Research Fellowships: Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (France), Ministère de la Communauté française de Belgique – Secteur danse.
Research Residence: Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté française de Belgique – Charleroi/Danses (2006-2009), Centre national de la Danse – Pantin (2006).
Program Notes provided by the archives Ballet Arizona, Ballet du Rhin, Bayerisches Staatballett, Birmingham Royal Ballet, former Cleveland Ballet now San José, Cullberg Ballett, Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln (for Folkwang Tanztheater, Ballets Jooss, Folkwang Ballet & Tanzforum Köln), Finnish National Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Het National Ballet, Israel Dance Library – Tel-Aviv (for Batsheva Dance Company), Joffrey Ballet, José Limón Dance Foundation, Malmo Stadsteater, Oakland Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Tanzarchiv Leipzig (for Deutsche Oper, Berlin), Winnipeg Royal Ballet & Zürich Ballet.
Acknowledgments to A Heidi Almi, Michèle Bargues, Jean Cébron, Lucie Conrad, Barb Cook, Thierry De Mey, Dominique Dupuy, Françoise Dupuy, Petrus Folkegard, Tal Harari, Jooss-Archiv (Köln/Amsterdam), Margret Kaufmann, Cindy Koopman, Koen Kwanten, Elzbieta Lejczak, Laurence Louppe, Michelle Nadal, Sabine Preuß, Susanne Ritzal, Claire Rousier, Ann Vachon, Ramona van der Wulp, Myriam van Imschoot, Claire Verlet y a Hans Zullig, Anne Bachy-Berthin, Anne Bautz, Manuela Gutiérrez, Anna Markard, Thomas Thoraush, Laurent Vinauger, Thomas Walgrave, Antón y a Gabriel.


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