CONTACT is the culmination of Decouflé’s trademark cinematographic prowess and his fragmented sense of trickery and illusion, expressed through a troupe of sixteen dancers, actors, singers and musicians.
A creator of dreamlike performances, Decouflé finds inspiration in both high and popular culture and challenges expectations with the use of the burlesque and the bizarre. In CONTACT, he rewrites what the musical means, telling a tale of human – and sometimes superhuman passions – borrowing from cabarets, musicals and Bollywood.
The score has been created by Nosfell and Pierre Le Bourgeois, and is described as “an opera from another world”.
Parisian born Decouflé is an artist trained in mime, bodily expression, circus and dance. He has been trained by the likes of Isaac Alvarez, Annie Fratellini, Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais. Born in 1961, Decouflé’s artistic career has spanned over three decades. He founded his dance company DCA in 1983, and went on to create an award-winning piece Codex, which led to his work being placed on the international stage in 1992 with his staging of the opening and closing ceremonies of the winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. His unique blend of dance, circus and film has become world renowned and he has used his directing and choreographic skills across a variety of art forms on stage and on screen. He also created and directed the Cirque du Soleil show Iris.
Press night: Tuesday 16 June at 7.30pm
Philippe Decouflé Company DCA
Sadler’s Wells, EC1R
Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 June 2015
Performances: Tue – Thu at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 – £32
Ticket office: 0844 412 4300 / www.sadlerswells.com
Monday 23rd February 2015