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Theater | Dance

Les sept planches de la ruse (The Seven Boards of Skill)

Nov 5—Nov 8, 2008
RUN TIME: 1hr 10 min, no intermission
November 2008
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Wednesday November 05, 2008
Performances no longer available.
Part of

Compagnie 111 and Scènes de la Terre
Conceived and directed by Aurélien Bory

"Inventively conceived and flawlessly produced show, Les sept planches de la ruse (The seven boards of skill), [is] a seamless mix of circus arts, minimalist dance and visual art..."
—The New York Times

Deceptively simple and sublimely elegant, the ancient Chinese game of tangram moves mathematics into the realm of poetry. For Aurélien Bory, artistic director of France's Compagnie 111, it's an inspired starting point for the stunning nouveau cirque work Les sept planches de la ruse (The Seven Boards of Skill), poised at the intersection of physical theater, modern dance, and waking dreams.

Moving with heroic grace, the cross-generational acrobats and Peking opera performers from Dalian (China) transform tangram shapes into fluid metaphors of human experience. Shimmying up a ravine formed by two sky-high vertical walls, man fights the brutality of the modern world. Another teeters precariously on the longest side of an inverted triangle, seeking and achieving awesome balance. Guided by Bory's able imagination, the shapes evolve in form and meaning, shifting from terrifying emblems of political strife to man's insignificance in the natural world. The overall effect-the play of scale against form, of human against object-is nothing short of spectacular.

Set design by Aurélien Bory
Light design by Arnaud Veyrat
Sound design by Stéphane Ley
Costume design by Sylvie Marcucci
Original music by Raphaël Wisson

Produced by Scènes de la Terre; Co produced by Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Direction de la Culture-Ville de Dalian, Equinoxe-Scène nationale de Châteauroux, Scène nationale de Sénart.