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Danza Permanente (2012, reprise 2019)

DD Dorvillier and Zeena Parkins

DD Dorvillier, human future dance corps

The choreography of Danza Permanente comes from a musical composition created in Vienna two centuries ago by a nearly deaf man, String Quartet #15 Opus 132 in A minor by Ludwig Van Beethoven. The score is transposed into movement for four dancers. They rigoursly embody the written musical structure, behaviors, and dynamics of the string quartet over time, and through space. The dancers behave as sound, in the silence.


Danza Permanente examines the fundamental construction of music, how it functions non-linguistically and formally to produce thought, and move emotion in the listener. It borrows these formal functions from music, in order to provoke through dance, that state of thinking and feeling that seems so unique to music. Danza Permanente wonders what experience, perhaps an expressive one, perhaps a meaning-filled one, will be released in its silent manifestation on the stage. The audience is exposed to a different possibility of producing sense and meaning, through a dance that is as joyful and thoughtful as it is abstract and filled with a love for exactitude.

...some writings on Danza Permanente

Carnet de création, ADC Genève - janvier 2021

Imperceptible vitruosities, Noémie Solomon, Diary of an Image - DD Dorvillier - Danspace Project Platform 2014

Fragments/Empty spaces, DD Dorvillier & Zeena Parkins, Diary of an Image - DD Dorvillier - Danspace Project Platform 2014

Utopian synesthesia: DD Dorvillier in conversation with Jennifer Lacey - August 27, 2012

Choreography and concept DD Dorvillier

Acoustic environment, musical direction and analysis Zeena Parkins

Created with the performers Fabian Barba, Nuno Bizarro, Walter Dundervill, Naiara Mendioroz 

reprise 2019 performers Katerina Andreou, Fabian Barba & Liza Baliasnaja, Sébastien Chatellier, Walter Dundervill

and artistic advisor/rehearsal assistant Heather Kravas

Lighting designer Thomas Dunn

Costumes Michelle Amet

Technical director Jeff Englander, Nicolas Barrot (reprise)

Sound guru Sébastien Roux

Project manager Milka Djordjevich

European management Colin Pitrat, Laura Aknin (reprise)

Calendar (reprise)

January 13, 2022, l'Ecrin (Dijon, France)

June 26, 2021, Jours de danse (Besançon, France)

June 10, 2021, Halles de Nolay (Nolay, France)

June 9, 2021, La Biennale de la Danse (Lyon, France)

April 17, 2021, Le Triangle, Cité de la danse (Rennes, France) - cancelled

April 10, 2021, Festival Art Danse, l'Ecrin (Dijon, France) - postponed

April 7, 2021, L’Empreinte Scène nationale Brive-Tulle (Tulle, France) - postponed

February 18, 2021, Festival Salmon, Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona, Spain)

January 22, 2021, Théâtre de Liège (Liège, Belgium) - cancelled

January 26-27-28, 2021, AD C (Genève, Switzerland) - cancelled

April 11, 2020 Festival Art Danse, l'Atheneum, Le Dancing CDCN Dijon Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (Dijon, France) - postponed

November 30, 2019 PODIUM (Grenoble, France)​

November 21&22, 2019 Wien Modern, TanzQuartier (Vienna, Austria), following by Captiva, a solo harp performance by Zeena Parkins

September 7, 2019 Festival Plastique Danse Flore (Versailles, France)

September 1st, 2019 Festival Entre cour et jardins (Barbirey-sur-Ouche, France)

June 29, 2019 Festival Extension Sauvage (Combourg, France)

April 30, 2019, 19h30, conference about the piece, CCN Rillieux-la-Pape (Rillieux-la-Pape, France)

January 16 & 17, 2019 Premières, Le Pacifique CDCN Grenoble (Grenoble, France)

December 20, 2018 Open studio, CCN Caen (Caen, France)

November 8, 2018 Public talk, CCN Orléans (Orléans, France)

First performances

January 17 - 18, 2014 Kaaitheater (Brussels, Belgium)

October 1 - 2, 2014 Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany)

May 11 - 12, 2012 STUK Kunstcentrum (Leuven, Belgium)

May 15 - 16, 2012 Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (France)

September 26 - 30, 2012 Crossing The Line Festival, The Kitchen (New York, United States)

Production: human future dance corps
Coproduction reprise 2019 Le Pacifique CDCN Grenoble - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, CCN Caen, CCN Orléans, CCN Rillieux-la-Pape, CND Centre national pour la danse, Le Dancing CDCN Dijon Bourgogne - Franche-Comté, DRAC Bourgogne - Franche-Comté Coproduction 2012 Les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bagnolet France); The Kitchen (NYC, USA); STUK Kunstencentrum (Leuven, Belgium), CNDC-Angers (France), PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany). Major production support from The MAP Fund, primarily funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; FUSED, a program of the National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Florence Gould Foundation, and through a fellowship in choreography from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Residencies: STUK, Leuven; PACT Zollverein; Performing Arts Forum ( St. Erme; and CNDC Angers, and supported by the Menagerie de Verre in the frame of studiolabs, as well as the CND Centre national pour la danse, France.

Thomas Dunn

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