Les Indes Galantes, 2018
Video HD – color – 6 min
Production 3e Scène, Opéra National de Paris – Les Films Pelleas
Courtesy of the artist, Eva Hober gallery (FR) and Reinhard Hauff gallery (DE)
UNIFRANCE PRIZE FOR SHORT FILM – CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – FRANCE – 2018
AUDIENCE PRIZE – FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU COURT MÉTRAGE – CLERMONT FERRAND – FRANCE – 2018
Les Indes Galantes (The amorous indies), is an opera-ballet created by Jean Philippe Rameau in 1735. He was inspired for one of the dance by tribal Indian dances of Louisiana performed by Metchigaema chiefs, in Paris in 1723.
Clément Cogitore adapts a short part of the ballet by mobilizing a group of Krump dancers, an art form born in Los Angeles black ghetto in the 1990s. Its birth occurred in the aftermath of the beating up of Rodney King and the riots, as well as police repression it triggered. Amidst this coercive atmosphere, young dancers started to embody the violent tensions of the physical, social and political body.
Both the tribal dance performed in Paris in 1723, and the rebelious Krump dancers of the 1990s shape a reenactment of Rameau’s original libretto, staging young people dancing on the verge of a volcano.