L'ESPACE DU TEMPS
L'ESPACE DU TEMPS
SPACE OF TIME
L'Espace du Temps, a trilogy of dance works (Foreign Bodies, Fearful Symmetries, Fluid Infinities), is a meditation on the space of time from creation to evolution and finally to an unknown destination. It begins with three questions: "where do we come from?", "where are we going?", and "how did everything begin?". From these questions, the trilogy evokes familiar and foreign worlds by exploring the relationship between the shifting architecture of the human experience and the ever-changing processes that lie within and without.
Concept and Direction: Jacques Heim
Choreography: The Company
Associate Choreographer: Monica Campbell, Leandro Damasco Jr
Assistant Choreographers: Dana Perri, Briana Bowie, Ezra Masse-Mahar
Musical Direction and Dramaturge: Bruno Louchouarn
Project Manager: Renee Larsen Engmyr
Production Design: Adam Davis
Original Design Concept: Tina Trefethen
Structural Design /Construction: Mike McKluskey and Tina Trefethen
Lighting/Electric Design & Fabrication: Mike McKluskey
Lighting Design: John E.D. Bass & Evan Merryman Ritter
Associate Lighting Designer: Nicholas Davidson
Costume Concept & Design: Brandon Grimm, Laura Brody
Scenic Artist: Ramiro Fauve
Production Assistant: Elizabeth Van Vleck
Dusty Alvarado, Ana Brotons, Leandro Damasco Jr., Alicia Garrity, Brandon Grimm, Ali Hollowell, Shauna Martinez, Ezra Masse-Mahar, Chelsea Pierce, Amy Tuley, Jones Welsh, Garrett Wolf, Chisa Yamaguchi
Additional Original Creators:
Renee Larsen Engmyr, Philip Flickinger, Trevor Harrison, Ashley Nilson, Omar Olivas, Jennifer Olivas, Melinda Ritchie, Anibal Sandoval
Music By Esa-Pekka Salonen
Foreign Bodies begins the trilogy with a cube. The Cube represents geometric form; Rene Descartes believed that the universe was born from geometric components. Foreign Bodies is an exploration of the intellectual and spiritual study of creation, a visceral canvas of myriad individuals, like bacteria expanding in an unknown system of time and space, discovering a collective transformative identity amongst each other amidst structural mayhem. Duration: 20 min.
Music by John Adams
Fearful Symmetries, like its predecessor, begins with a cube. The cube in this second installment has now multiplied in its number of components, allowing many shifting symmetrical landscapes to illuminate the relationship between the universal language of mathematics and the human force that manipulates it. The performers represent abstract factory workers within a mechanical world in which they deconstruct, reconstruct and reorganize their environment, ultimately to discover that the answers they are seeking lie within themselves. Duration: 30 min.
Music by Philip Glass, Symphony No. 3
Fluid Infinities is the final installment in L’Espace du Temps. The piece is set on an abstract dome structure sitting on a reflection of itself. The performers explore metaphors of infinite space, continuous movement, and our voyage into the unknown future. The dome’s organic patterns evoke the craters of the moon, a honeycomb of bees, a shifting brain, or an undiscovered starship. As the trilogy concludes, Fluid Infinities investigates the persistence of life through struggle and the promise of life to change beyond the space of time. Duration: 30 min.
L’Espace du Temps was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and co-commissioned by Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.
Foreign Bodies was co-commissioned by the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach, California and the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, Colorado. Fearful Symmetries was co-commissioned by the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois. Fluid Infinities was co-commissioned by Movimentos 2014 and Syracuse University.
Additional support for L’Espace du Temps provided by the Cheng Family Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.