A sensitive observer of the upheavals of a world in turmoil, Virginie Brunelle dares to tackle a highly ambitious work for 12 performers and a live pianist, a series of disturbing tableaux that will shake you to the core.
Over the last decade, Virginie Brunelle has made a name for herself with a rigorous, intensely physical, uncompromising movement vocabulary. The starting point of Fables, presented in world premiere at the 2022 Lugano Dance Project (Switzerland), was the theme of that festival, centring on Monte Verità, the famous hill that was the cradle of an idealistic micro-society in the early 1900s. This liberated community, precursor of the hippie counterculture of the 1960s, sparked the choreographer’s desire to examine feminism. Against the backdrop of the chaos of an era turned upside down, Fables projects us into fantastical spaces from which larger-than-life characters emerge—contemporary female archetypes who paved the way to freedom from invisible yet real barriers. A universe of great evocative power, close to dance theatre, echoing a crying need for utopia, hope and humanity.