2019

Benoît Favre
OUT OF SHELL

A big part of the inspiration for this piece came from the music. Kangding Ray’s experimental techno album “Solens Arc” is incredibly dark and powerful, yet truly poetic and subtle. I tried to translate that into a visual experience. The creative process with the dancers is also extremely important to me. I don’t enter the studio with combinations of steps ready to be taught. It’s a work that happens together with the dancers, and their input is crucial to me.

Music:
Kangding Ray (Solens Arc album)
Choreography and concept:
Benoît Favre
Lighting:
Ivan Vinogradov
Costumes:
Tanya Bakunova
Cast:
Miho Naotsuko, Elena Solomyanko, Dina Levin, Andrey Kirichenko, Marat Nafikov, Joshua Tria

Benoît Favre was born in Switzerland.

He graduated from the Zürich Dance Academy in 2012, and joined the Junior Company of Ballett Zürich. Two years later he joined the main company, and was then promoted demi-soloist in 2015. In 2017 he left Zurich to join the Finnish National Ballet. As a dancer, he performed pieces from Christian Spuck, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, and Marco Goecke, amongst many others.

While in Zurich, he presented the choreographies Shift, Identities and Sandbox 1 in the series of performances «Young Choreographers». In 2015, his piece Broken_line won the TANZOLYMP Choreography Contest in Berlin. He then created Disrupted, a new work for the Junior Company of Ballet Zürich, and Out of place for the Bayerisches Staatsballet in Munich in 2017.