The Weston Bal 2023
BY MATHILDE MONNIER
La danse de Zorba, Dalida
At this Weston Ball, we'll be dancing to Dalida's song La danse de Zorba. Mikis Theodorakis, a prolific composer and committed politician, wrote the music for the film "Zorba the Greek" in 1964, which popularised a new dance, the "sirtaki". In 1965 Dalida brought out a new version of this internationally successful hit.
Mathilde Monnier, Lucía García Pullés, Martin Enrique Gil
Having found dance later in life and after having worked as a dancer, Mathilde Monnier has been involved in choreography since 1984, alternating between group and solo and duet creations. From piece to piece she thwarts expectations by presenting work that is in constant renewal.
Her appointment as the head of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon in 1994 marked the beginning of a new period of expanding into new artistic fields and a reflection in action on the orientation of an institution and its dissemination.
Shows such as Pour Antigone, Déroutes, Les lieux de là, Surrogate Cities, Soapera, Publique, La place du singe, 2008 Vallée, Tempo 76, Please please please have been performed on some of the major stages and at international festivals. She plays on the deconstruction of choreographic writing and the language of dance
She alternates between creating her own projects and collaborative ones, working with different figures from the art world.
At the Montpellier CCN, she designed the first invitations and residencies for artists, the EXERCE training programme, and major free public events such as Potlatch (an invitation to 100 artists) and Skène.
She has received several awards:
Minister of Culture prize at the Concours Bagnolet in 1983.
Grand Prix SACD in 2002.
Decorated as a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2013. Order of Merit in 2019.
She directed the CND (Centre National de la Danse) from January 2014 to June 2019, which she transformed into an art centre for dance, reaffirming that dance is the place for indiscipline par excellence, appropriating and inventing new and fruitful relationships with other artistic fields.
Mathilde Monnier and her company are currently based at Halle Tropisme in Montpellier.
BY THIBAULT LAC
Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
In 1983, Cyndi Lauper released her iconic hit, in which she speaks of joy and spirit, the emancipating force of rebellious pleasure. In beat with its lively and enthusiastic momentum, a playful dance accompanies the melodies of this rousing anthem and invites you to take part in the fun and humour.
There's nothing like some shared, wild movement to release the “Girl” in all of us. Like Cyndi’s song and the dance event as a whole, the choreography reminds us of a key element: the importance of taking fun seriously!
Thibault Lac, Mickey Mahar et Samuel Pereira
Having performed with Ligia Lewis, Noé Soulier, Daniel Linehan, Mathilde Monnier, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Daniel Jeanneteau and Price, he is a recurring presence in the work of American choreographer Trajal Harrell.
At the same time, he has worked on collaborative projects such as: Fool's Gold and on the piece Such Sweet Thunder, created in collaboration with visual artist Tore Wallert and composer Tobias Koch, which won the Young Choreographers' Prize at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. Recently, as part of a series of projects supported by the Centre National de la Danse, he worked with Bryana Fritz on a performance entitled Knight-Night.
BY SOPHIE LENOIR
Tuca Tuca, Raffaella Carrà
Stranissimo Ballo !
This choreography for the Weston Ball has been created to the song Tuca Tuca by Raphaella Carrà, so all you need think about is dancing your heart out!
You'll be able to let yourself go with this wild and syncopated dance.
Stranissimo Ballo ! is a patchwork of choreographic inspirations creating a moment truly suspended in time with all the joy that Italy has to offer.
Sophie Lenoir, Anthony Namane, Yoan Pommier
Sophie Lenoir is a singular artist on the French choreography and theatre scene.
She began her career in the theatre at the age of 18 under the director Jean-Charles Lenoir, who is also her father. She quickly took her place on the stage of the Paris music halls while at the same time obtaining her licence as a gymnastics teacher. Since then, her career has been built on dance collaborations (Boris Charmatz, Nasser Martin Gousset), musical theatre (Jean Lacornerie), film (Roger Planchon) and theatre (Guillaume Bardot, Jean-Michel Ribes, Jonathan Capdevielle and Sophie Perez, with whom she has an iconic partnership).