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Zarathoustra Variations

  • Duration: 1h25
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Two legends of the Buto tradition, Carlotta Ikeda and Ko Murobushi, revisit their legendary creation Zarathustra, a piece which introduced a whole new language to the world of contemporary dance.

Buto legend Carlotta Ikeda first presented Zarathustra in Tokyo in the 1980s with the help of choreographer Ko Murobushi. This legendary performance, inspired by the spectre of Hiroshima and the American military occupation, had a profound impact on the world of contemporary dance.
This "shadow dance" takes cues from the theatre of cruelty, with exposed bodies smeared in white clay, contracted into the fœtal position, mouths hanging open like black holes...
25 years on, and after much hard work, Carlotta Ikeda and Ko Murobushi recreate this landmark piece, weaving in memories of the original performances (physical traces, mental scars, musical memories and video projections).
Ikeda is at the peak of her powers, draped in a long, crimson robe, a vision of pure emotion. 

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Concept: Carlotta Ikeda, Ko Mirobuschi
Choreography: Carlotta Ikeda, Ko Mirobuschi
Light design: Eric Lousteau-Carrère
Sound: Diego Croatto
Stage direction: Laurent Rieuf
Lights: Florent Blanchon
Technical advisor: Hervé Poeydomenge
Performers: Carlotta Ikeda, Olia Lydaki, Nadine Milzner, Valérie Pujol, Yumino Seki, Peï-Ken Tsaï, Esther Wrobel
Production: Compagnie Ariadone; Centre Culturel Les Carmes / Langon; IDDAC - Festival Tendances; Office Artistique de la Région Aquitaine - OARA; Odyssée - Festival Mimos / Périgueux; CCN de Biarritz - Accueil Studio 2005
With support from: Ministère de la Culture - DRAC Aquitaine; Conseil Régional d'Aquitaine; Conseil Général de la Gironde; Ville de Bordeaux
Technical partnership: Ateliers Lumières / Bordeaux

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  • Place of capture : Le Théâtre
  • Collection : Mimos 2005