Hiphop Meets Acrobatics: French Ballet ‘Les Forains’ With An Urban Twist
Why We Recommend it
The lively 1935 Henri Sauguet work in which eight dancers explore scenes of peripatetic circus troupe is given a contemporary twist incorporating urban dance and electronic music.
Commended by influential thinker, writer, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau as a “true festival of youth and dance,” Les Forains is a lively piece depicting a somewhat tattered, but rambunctious and hopeful circus troupe finding joy in acrobatics and dance, recovering from the traumas of the Second World War.
Presented by Le French May, this modern adaptation incorporates the urban ballet of pioneering choreographer Anthony Égéa, who draws on dances modalities from hiphop, weaving them elegantly with a more classical ballet repertoire. The performances are accompanied by the electronic music of French DJ Frank2Louise alongside City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong playing Sauguet’s ballet score.