ACT II & III

OR THE UNEXPECTED RETURN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

EMANUEL GAT DANCE (2021)

In January 2021, choreographer Emanuel Gat and his company found themselves in a dance studio in Metz; performances that had already been planned were cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead of despairing over the situation, Gat developed a crazy idea. In only ten days, he created an entirely new piece.

ACT II & III is a choreographic and theatrical investigation that unfolds parallel to the historic 1965 recording of the second and third acts of Puccini’s “Tosca”, conducted by Georges Prêtre and interpreted by Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi and Tito Gobbi. Instead of illustrating the world-famous libretto and its characters, the independent choreography uncovers the opera’s many musical layers and – sustained by an outstanding ensemble of dancers – intimately and powerfully evokes existential themes such as love, betrayal, jealousy, hope, death, war and persecution.

Photos of ACT II & III by Julia Gat

Es muss in einer Art Rausch entstanden sein, es fließt, es wirkt so einfach und organisch.

Sylvia Staude
Frankfurter Rundschau

Credits

Choreography, set, lights: Emanuel Gat

Music: Giacomo Puccini, Tosca, Act II & III (1965, directed by Georges Prêtre)
Singers: Maria Callas (Tosca), Carlo Bergonzi (Carvadossi), Tito Gobbi (Sciarpa)

Performers: Eglantine Bart, Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Gilad Jerusalmy, Péter Juhász, Michael Loehr, Emma Mouton, Eddie Oroyan, Rindra Rasoaveloson, Ichiro Sugae, Sara Wilhelmsson

Produced by Emanuel Gat Dance. Coproduced by Arsenal – Cité Musicale, Metz, Festival Montpellier Danse 2022, Bolzano Danza 2022. Emanuel Gat Dance is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication – DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Region South – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and by Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône. Creation residencies at L’Arsenal – Cité Musicale, Metz, January and October 2021 and at Agora-Cité Internationale de la Danse, Montpellier, September 2021.

Performance History

L’Arsenal, Metz, France

Tanzfestival Rhein-Main 2021
Frankfurt LAB, Frankfurt, Germany

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