10th Festival 2000

Main programme

Samstag 11. Nov. // 19.30 – 20.30 Uhr


Compagnie Mossoux & Bonté, Brüssel

»Simonetta Vespucci«

Tanztheater von Patrick Bonté und Nicole Mossoux


Patrick Bonté

Inszenierung und Choreografie:

Nicole Mossoux, Patrick Bonté


Christian Genet


Lilian Bruinsma, Jean Fürst, Sébastien Jacobs, Isabelle Lamouline, Séverine Matteuzzi, Enzo Pezzella, Annette Sachs

Im Anschluss an die Vorstellung findet ein Publikumsgespräch statt.
Moderation: André Thériault, Künstlerischer Leiter TanzWerkstatt Berlin

The renaissance – symbol for decadence, beauty and sensuality. Seven people cross an artificial world characterised by narcissism, hypocrisy, seduction and feigned innocence. One curries favour and displays oneself; pleased with one's outward appearance, one never tries to get beyond superficialities. Beautiful people, self-control, well-made costumes and a suggestive environment of sound are part of a production that let us see the mannerism and the neuroses of our own behaviour.

Inspired by a portrait of the Florentine Simonetta Vespucci by Piero di Cosimo, this production makes use of subtle hints, charming gestures and clever film enlargements to create more topical and erotic points of reference than today's frequent stage presentations of orgies, violence and sex are able to do. Through a choreography that in a quite unique aesthetic mixes elements of renaissance dances with modern elements that are daring in this context, a uniquely fascinating work for the stage has come into being.

Piero di Cosimo lived from 1461-1521 and is probably not quite so well-known as for example his Italian contemporaries Michelangelo, Raphael, Tizian and Pontormo. His 1480 portrait of the beautiful Simonetta Vespucci, aristocrat and preferred model of several painters, hangs today in the Chantilly Castle near Paris.

Since 1995 Nicole Mossoux and Patrick Bonté have created some 18 joint productions, of which »Les dernières hallucinations de Lucas Cranach« was presented at euro-scene Leipzig 1995 in the Neue Szene. This piece belongs along with »Twin Houses« (1994), »Contre Saturne« (1996) and »Gradiva« (1999) to their most successful ones. Nicole Mossoux is a dancer and choreographer, Patrick Bonté a director closely connected to the history of art.

Uraufführung: 24.05.1998, Charleroi
Premiere der Neufassung: 04.12.1998, Brüssel

Produktion: Compagnie Mossoux-Bonté / Charleroi Danses (Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté Française de Belgique) / La Rose des Vents (Scène Nationale de Villeuneuve d'Ascq)

Das Gastspiel erfolgt mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch das Commissariat Général aux Rélations Internationales de la Communauté Française de Belgique, Brüssel.