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May B

Compagnie Maguy Marin

Guest performance Tanzbiennale Heidelberg
Guest performance Tanzbiennale Heidelberg

Based on the writings of Samuel Beckett, the French choreographer Maguy Marin created the piece »May B«, which premiered in 1981. Today it is considered both an all­time modern classic, a legend, and the most performed piece in France. Like a group of lonely souls, with dusty faces, clumsy and tenderly ridiculous, the dancers roam the stage, hoping to find a destination after endless wan­derings. Their movements and gestures, sometimes tiny and sometimes spectacular, unveil the otherwise unno­ticeable and inconspicuous moments when silence and waiting create a space filled with hesitation. A timeless evening that devotes itself to existential questions using strength and sensitive humour. 

Maguy Marin received her training at the Mudra-School of Maurice Bejárt in Brussels and subsequently danced in his world famous Ballet du XXe siècle. In 1981, the Grande Dame of contemporary dance in France founded her own company and lead the Cen­tres Chorégraphiques Nationaux from 1985 in Créteil and from 1998 in Rillieux­-la-­Pape. Since 2015, she has been working at the RAMDAM arts centre in Sainte­-Foy­-lès-­Lyon. At the 2016 Venice Biennale Danza, Maguy Marin received the Golden Lion for her life’s work. With more than seven hundred per­formances in 48 countries, »May B« substan­tiates her world fame, thus writing dance history. 

Kaïs Chouibi, Lazare Huet, Daphné Koutsafti, Antoine Laval, Lisa Martinez, Lise Messina, Isabelle Missal, Catherine Polo, Ennio Sammarco, Marcelo Sepulveda
Concept & Choreography
Maguy Marin
Gilles de Binche, Gavin Bryars, Franz Schubert
Louise Marin
Lighting Design
Alexandre Béneteaud
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Coproduction of Compagnie Maguy Marin and Maison des arts et de la culture de Créteil.