Body and Soul

Guided by a strange voice under the flickering light of a flush-fitting ceiling lamp, two men observe one another and then confront each other. This duo soon becomes a crowd, a swell, which comes alive to the rhythm of Chopin’s preludes. Crystal Pite’s second creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, Body and Soul serves up waves of words and gestures which form the material for a secret narrative. Through the movement of the dancers, the words of a woman never cease to manifest themselves, like a duet between body and soul. Exploring the theme of mourning and bereavement, the Canadian choreographer presents the conflicting urges and impulses that challenge the unity of each of us. In a mysterious twilight awash with sound effects, this dramatically powerful three-act ballet progresses, not without humour, towards an exuberant and stimulating finale.

100 minutes
Produced by
Opéra National de Paris
Created by
Crystal Pite
Choreographed by
Crystal Pite
Scenic Design
Jay Gower Taylor
Costume Design
Nancy Bryant
Lighting Design
Tom Visser
Additional Music
Frédéric Chopin, Teddy Geiger
Lénore Baulac, Alice Renavand, Marion Barbeau, Héloïse Boudon, Hannah O'Neill, Silvia Saint-Martin, Hugo Marchand, Marc Mareau
Marina Hands

All photography © Opera de Paris. Photograph by Julien Benhamou / OnP

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