Body lines, Carte blanche Pascal Rambert
Libido Sciendi, dance piece followed by a reading of an original text.
This performance is not recommended for people under 18.
When asked to identify the difference between art and eroticism, Picasso’s answer is simple: there is none. Echoing this central theme in Picasso’s work, P. Rambert reveals life’s erotic dimension: as the
museum’s galleries slowly darken, visitors are led on a journey, with no clear narrative, through a succession of living paintings showing different images of the body in love. This journey of initiation through the works ends with a whispered reading, a verbal translation of the movement of the piece. Libido Sciendi, the drive to know, can mean both “I learn through sex” and “I am taught by sexuality”.
The performance is therefore less an opportunity to watch than to learn.
Since knowledge of the other is achieved through the body, the scene becomes a place of “physical desire”. The dancers’ skin and every part of their bodies fuse together slowly, tenderly, frenetically, conveying a sense of aesthetic wholeness far removed from a mere catalogue of sexual exercises. The ultimate shock of an artwork that takes our deepest, most intimate secrets as the starting point for its exploration of the human condition: Libido Sciendi is a literal treatise on erotic desire, dance created through pure physical movement. Since this living art performance aims in no way to provoke, but on the contrary to arouse genuine emotion, the show is not recommended for people under 18.
Design, direction and original text created for The Musée national Picasso-Paris: Pascal
Rambert, with Nina Santes and Kévin Jean; Transmission: Lorenzo de Angelis; Director of
Production: Pauline Roussille; Production: T2G, Théâtre de Gennevilliers Centre Dramatique
National de Création Contemporaine; Coproduction: Montpellier Dance Festival 2008.
Friday 21 November 2014 – 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm.
Free entry, subject to availability, upon presentation of a valid museum entry ticket. Online booking recommended.