Dear Shaded Viewers,
Sensuality, beauty, texture as only Dries Van Noten can do. This season it was a fusion of genders in a poetic dance of passion. A nod to both Pedro Almodovar and Pina Bausch. Yves Klein blue, Almodovar Red, Koons pin, Beuys grey felt. Colours: flesh, blood, rose, navy, ruby, petrol, black, charcoal, lemon, choclate, lavender, lilac, neutrals. Mint, Acid pastels, powdery pink, chartreuse, apple, purple, khaki, fuchsia, blue, indigo, washed denim, bordeaux, Mat & shine.Darkness, light and iridescence. Just pronouncing the colours expresses the soul of the collection.
You can watch the film here: https://parisfashionweek.fhcm.paris/en/calendar/
Photography and film by Caspar Sejersen. Shot at ‘The Red Room’ of the Single Theatre in Antwerp on February 8th to 11th 2021.
A troupe of 47 performers was convened combining performers from the predominant world-renowned contemporary dance companies of Belgium, namely Rosas and Ultima Vez, and a few from the Opéra National de Paris. Most participants are women, dancers with a few models, though a few men dancers complete the group, (notably choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui).
Filmed over three days during lockdown all quarantine restrictions were respected for the shoot. Most observed a seven-day quarantine to participate. Separate ‘bubbles’ were convened in order that performers could work together on screen. The project was welcomed by most dancers in this period of little opportunity to perform. Dancers became models’ and models became dancers. Dressing the human form of a dancer required another view on dressing.
Casper Sejersen: the Danish Director has worked on Lars Von Trier’s film Nymphomaniac and included in the book ‘Belongs to Joe’ (published bby MACK)
Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Belgian-Moroccan dancer, choreographer and directer. He has received two Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, three Ballet Tanz awards for best choreographer, and the KAIROS Prize. Since 2015 Cherkaoui is the artistic director at the royal Ballet of Flanders.