Valse en trois temps – Tangente introduces a double bill presenting the work of Sarah Dell’Ava and that of the Ben Aïm brothers, both of which explore, in their own different ways, the source of movement and the impetus it generates. […]
In the second part of the show we were given a glimpse of the impressive work orchestrated by Christian and François Ben Aïm. Valse en trois temps only lasted fifteen minutes this evening, but we devoured every note of the solo dance performed by the splendid Aurélie Berland.
The solo begins with an intense sense of vulnerability; a single light follows the dancer’s face. She looks out at the audience without flinching, but the imaginary mass in her mouth precludes all discussion. As she crosses the length and breadth of the stage the lighting radiates around the entire space, and the exhilarating journey begins. Mozart, Offenbach, Liszt and Schubert follow in quick succession, but they must defend their musical stature next to the movement that pulses inside the performer and explodes out of her.
What is expressed through this series of contractions, tension, release and flight is none other than the sweet, clear reflection of the music itself. The dancer does not attempt to convey all the subtleties of classical melody, but she is certainly on the right track, striking at the right moment with her unpredictable body movements.
As the music climaxes, the performer opens up her body, without, however, giving everything away. She holds something back; she has effectively discovered the source of the movement inside her. But it is too precious a find for her to reveal to us explicitly. She shares it with us and we respond with a feeling of exhilaration, with wide-eyed wonder and a desire to do as she does, which is more than enough, we think you’ll agree!

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