After working with scores by Pierre Boulez, Rebecca Saunders and Gat himself for STORY WATER, his last production for Festival d’Avignon 2018, Emanuel Gat pursues his long time exploration of the meeting points between the choreographic and the musical, the visual and the auditory, and the potentials they hold for observation, study and story telling.

LOVETRAIN2020 unfolds within this charged space of references, counterpoints and endless possibilities, where movement and sound interact to once again, and from a different angle, reveal the obvious yet almost transparent layers in which people come together, drift apart, push and pull, question, resolute and move forward.

A contemporary “Musical” for 14 dancers, LOVETRAIN2020 will call upon the wonderful music of the 80s British duo Tears for Fears (Mad world, Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule The World, Change, Sowing The Seeds Of Love and many other incredible hits from that glorious decade). A choreographic ode to the sound and vibe of the 80s, as embodied in the music of Tears For Fears, with its utopic drive and epic groove.

Photos of LOVETRAIN2020 by Julia Gat

Coup de coeur enfin pour Michael Loehr qui manifeste un plaisir communicatif à danser, et dont la présence, mutine et espiègle, offre notamment un très beau duo avec Rob Bridger au bel accord des corps, en esquisse un autre, troublant et fort – tant on y ressent LA MUSIQUE -, avec Eglantine Bart… et cabotine enfin seule dans un solo charismatique.”

Julie Cadilhac
La Grande Parade


Choreography and lights: Emanuel Gat

Music: Tears for Fears

Costumes: Thomas Bradley

Performers: Eglantine Bart, Thomas Bradley (Abel Rojo Pupo), Robert Bridger, Gilad Jerusalmy, Péter Juhász, Michael Loehr, Emma Mouton, Eddie Oroyan (Noé Girard), Rindra Rasoaveloson, Ichiro Sugae, Karolina Szymura, Milena Twiehaus (Ashley Wright, Tara Dalli), Sara Wilhelmsson, Jin Young Won (Nikoline Due Iversen)

Produced by Emanuel Gat Dance. Festival Montpellier Danse 2020, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, Sadler’s Wells London, Arsenal Cité musicale – Metz, and Theater Freiburg. With the support of Romaeuropa Festival. Emanuel Gat Dance acknowledges the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and of DRAC Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur, of City of Istres, Région Sud – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône. Created at Agora – cité internationale de la danse in Montpellier.

Performance History

Montpellier Danse 2020
Opéra Comédie, Montpellier, France

RomaEuropa Festival 2021
Teatro Argentina, Rome, Italy

Maison de la Danse, Lyon, France

Charleroi Danse – Biennale 2021
Palais des beaux arts, Charleroi, Belgium

Tanzfestival Rhein-Main 2021
Staatstheater Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

La Filature, Mulhouse, France

Le Liberté, Toulon, France

Les Hivernales 2022
Opéra Grand Avignon, Avignon, France

Théâtre de l’Arsenal, Val-de-Reuil, France

Belgrade Dance Festival 2022
Opera Madlenianum, Belgrade, Serbia

L’impruDanse #6
Théâtre de l’Esplanade, Draguignan, France

Kuopio Dance Festival 2022
Kuopio City Theatre, Kuopio, Finland

Colours – International Dance Festival 2022
Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

Torino Danza 2022
Fonderie Limone, Turin, Italy

Theater Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

L’Arsenal, Metz, France

Théâtre national de Chaillot, Paris, France

Teatro Grande, Brescia, Italy

Musikè 2022
Teatro Verdi, Padova, Italy

Théâtre Equilibre, Fribourg, Switzerland

Next Wave 2022
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, USA

UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, USA

Palais des Festival et des Congrès, Cannes, France

Théâtre de Lorient, Lorient, France

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany

Le Colisée, Roubaix, France

Antigel 2023
Comédie de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

Le Carré, Ste Maxime, France

Théâtre Le Forum, Fréjus, France

Opéra Comédie, Montpellier, France

Teatro Municipale Romolo Valli, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Bregenzer Frühling 2023
Festspielhaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria

MC2, Grenoble, France

Dublin Dance Festival 2023
Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Athens Epidaurus Festival 2023
Peiraios 260, Athens, Greece

Festival de Marseille 2023
La Criée, Marseille, France

Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium

Forum am Schlosspark, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Sadler’s Wells, London, UK

Festspiele Ludwigshafen 2023
Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen, Germany

La Mals, Sochaux, France

Teatro Bellini, Napoli, Italy

Comédie de Valence, Valence, France

Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France

LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Lugano, Switzerland

OsterTanzTage 2024
Staatsoper Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Danza in Rete Festival 2024
Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza, Vicenza, Italy

Teatro delle Muse, Ancona, Italy

Teatro Rossini, Pesaro, Italy

French May Arts Festival 2024
Kwai Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong, China

Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway

Upcoming shows

04th October 2024
Aura 33 International Dance Festival – Kaunas, Lithuania

05 & 06th November 2024
La Coursive, La Rochelle, France

17-19th January 2025
Théâtre de Caen, Caen, France

19-21st February 2025
Théâtre Jean Vilar, Leuven, Belgium

10-11th March 2025
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

13 & 14th March 2025
Amare, Den Haag, Netherlands

times performed since 2020


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