PATTERNS OF LIFE
Whichever medium he uses, Julien Prévieux, laureate of the Marcel Duchamp Prize 2014, has been interested in movement for a certain time. In his film “What shall we do next ?”, gestures that have been copyrighted by companies, especially for the use of future electronic devices, are interpreted like choreographic instructions.
The Paris Opera’s invitation to participate in the “3e Scène” allowed him to pursue this train of thought with a group of exceptional dancers.
His film “Patterns of life” deals with the ways in which movements have been recorded and measured since the photographs which visualised human motion in the late 19th century, with the help of points of light that were attached to the body. In six different settings, five dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet execute choreographies starting from protocols and scientific results, while a voice-over alludes to the economic, military and political context of each experience.
Patterns of life is part of 3e scène, the Opéra National de Paris digital space. Designed as a fully-fledged place for artistic creation and experimentation, this stage propose original content by well-known artists who are particularly dedicated to a dialogue between the arts and various forms of creation. Accessible to everyone, these works of a new genre promote the values of the Paris Opera: artistic excellence and originality.
CAMILLE DE BELLEFON
CRYSTAL SHEPHERD CROSS