Serge Bennathan Talks About Elles

In this short video, Serge Bennathan explains about the creation process for Elles. He is speaking about how the project is very ambitious. In creating this new work which will premiere at the Cultch from March 13 - 17, 2012, the company is working with eight dancers. Elles is ambitious both artistically and financially.

Winner: Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award

Winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, Dance 2012

Winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, Dance 2012

On Serge Bennathan’s The Invisible Life of Joseph Finch: “Days after watching it, I still find myself amazed by the luminous lyricism of this heartbreakingly beautiful production.  There was poetry in even the littlest details…” - The Straits Times

Conversations: On Poetry and The Artists

The two artists selected for Conversations: Vancouver-based Billy Marchenski (left) and Toronto-based Danny Wild (right)

Now that you learned a little bit more about the life of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca on the last entry, let's talk about the inspiration and conception behind Serge Bennathan's new play Conversations.

Conversations: Federico Garcia Lorca

Federico Garcia Lorca, one of the greatest representants of Spanish literature, aged 21

Following the success of his previews works, Serge Bennathan is ready to premier his long-awaited new project Conversations. To mark this special occasion, he is returning to Vancouver's highly anticipated Chutzpah! Festival, the same event where he premiered his first play, the acclaimed The Invisible Life of Joseph Finch, four years ago.

Conversations is an imaginary encounter between the Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca and his assassin Juan Luis Trescastro, portrayed by Billy Marchanski and Danny Wild.

The History and Future of Les Productions Figlio

Serge Bennathan, the creative force behind Les Productions Figlio

Les Productions Figlio was founded by Artistic Director Serge Bennathan with the intention to create artistic works that break creative barriers. His projects encompass theatre, dance, music, multi-media, visual art and literary works.

A Life of Dance and the Dance of Life

The Strange Adventure of Myself

We are entering our fourth week of rehearsals for The Strange Adventure of Myself, which premiere's at Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova, at October 15-17, 2009 at 7pm.

Rehearsals for The Strange Adventure of Myself  have been ongoing at the Scotiabank Dance Centre since early September. Montreal composer Bertrand Chenier was our guest in Vancouver for two weeks in September, while composing an original score for the piece. It was a pleasure having him in our city, and we look forward to having him back when the show goes up in mid-October.

The Strange Adventure of Myself  is a new a solo work created for dancer Sylvain Senez. Serge explains his inspiration for the piece as follows: “a phrase by Jean Genet describes very well the galaxy where I encouraged Sylvain Senez to immerse himself: You are an artist, alas, you can no longer refuse to confront the awful precipice of your eyes.”

The Strange Adventure of Myself is a study of dance and memories of dance – of a life in dance and the dance of life. It is a performance about the effect on the present of all past generations of dancers throughout the world. “I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Sylvain to have had the foolishness and the valor to accept this project and to do it with such generosity” says Bennathan.

Advance adult tickets are $26; advance concession (students and seniors) are $22. At the door adult tickets are $28 and concession tickets are $24. To purchase go online to Tickets Tonight or call the Firehall Box Office at 604-689-0926. or call the Firehall Box Office at 604-689-0926.

CBC - Bennathan choreographs dance inspired by manga

Manga, the Japanese comic book style characterized by wide-eyed characters and action-packed, epic storylines, has now become an inspiration for dance.

French-born choreographer Serge Bennathan, formerly artistic director of Toronto's Dancemakers, has created a dance for two called Manga that opens in Vancouver Thursday.

Dancers Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan will try to capture the sense of story-telling and continuous movement found in manga in their 60-minute duet.


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