“Delhi Dance”: Life and Death in an Infinite Waltz



“I don’t feel anything at all. I’m in shock, right? » In a hospital waiting room, Catherine proceeds to the feverish autopsy of her feelings, or rather the absence of them: “It’s weird, isn’t it? » A friend has just informed her of the death of her mother and the young woman does not know how to react. Later, she will collapse, broken by the pain. “I’m in so much pain, what should I do? »

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“Delhi” dance is a subtle canvas where unanswered questions succeed in tight stitches the ax of definitive announcements. This “seven-piece play” brings together six characters whose paths link and unravel: Catherine, whose famous dance “Dehli” imagined in the suburbs of the Indian metropolis has toured the world, her mother, her lover Andreï, Olga, the latter’s wife, an old friend and a nurse.

Puzzle of these fragmented destinies

The metronomic irruption of this punctuates the passage from one fragment to another. Little by little, the puzzle of these fragmented destinies is reconstituted, and in this sanitized alcove, where more than elsewhere life borders on death, love, pain and guilt mingle. The sharp writing of the Russian Ivan Viripaev, his humor, his iterative rhythm, is a challenge for the stage, but Gaëlle Hermant and her formidable troupe of actors (Manon Clavel, Christine Brücher, among others) guide the spectator with striking audacity. .

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The ballet of words responds to that of the body in a glass scenography where the effects of color and transparency are combined. Behind one of the walls, the silhouette of the violinist Viviane Hélary undulates on a rock pulse. Ultimate touch of a total spectacle with dark and bewitching light.

On tour, from January 18 to 20 at La Criée in Marseille, January 28 and 29 at the Eurydice theater in Plaisir (78), June 14 and 15 at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines theater (78).

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