They carry the show, which is aimed at both adults and children. Fine projected drawings, music and voice-overs of the characters are responsible for embarking the little ones on Mowgli’s odyssey. Akram Khan invites magic and poetry. Here, a hypnotic serenade of the snake Kaa which wriggles thanks to the boxes carried by the dancers. There, the passage of majestic elephants caressed by the young heroine. But the finale and the opening scene on a green screen – frozen bodies and human statues that come to life while looking at the sky with a frightened look – leave no doubt about the choreographer’s point: the climate emergency does not wait. not. So, let’s dance, and fast!
Jungle Book Reimagined, dance by Akram Khan. Until May 26 at the Théâtre du Châtelet, in Paris (in collaboration with the Théâtre de la Ville). Note: Akram Khan dances one last time on stage solo in “Xenos” on July 6, 7 and 8, 2022 at the Champs-Élysées theater in Paris.
We, Europe, banquet of the peoples, by Laurent Gaudé and Roland Auzet, at the Théâtre de l’Atelier. Until May 29.
The Ibeyi sisters release a third opus recorded in London, in the studio of Richard Russell, their producer, bathed in a mystical atmosphere. Lisa says, “Great readers, we always bring books into the studio. Richard has plenty of esoteric books. It’s great because you open them anywhere and presto, it immediately inspires three songs… There, he had brought an English translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Lisa then bends down to grab the book from the studio floor. The Egyptians placed on the sarcophagus of the deceased these papyri containing incantations and magic formulas allowing him to cross the kingdom of Osiris. Richard said, “Open it. She unfolds the blanket and falls on the incantation “Spell 31”. Lisa still remembers it by heart. She recites it: “Oh you with a spine, who would work your mouth against this magic of mine. It has been handed down in an unbroken line. The sky encloses the stars and I enclose magic. In English: “Oh you, with a spine, who would work your mouth against my magic.” It was passed down in an unbroken line. The sky encloses the stars and I enclose the magic. “This notion of transmission in an unbroken line immediately appealed to me,” continues Lisa. “We started talking about the ancestors, about the fact that we had lost a lot of knowledge because of colonization, of the hunt for “witches”, who were actually often healers, knowing medicinal plants… idea of being able to continuously connect to a forgotten knowledge inside our own body and our own cells touched me a lot. I turned around and said to Naomi, “The album is called Spell 31 and you have to say that incantation on the song ‘Made of Gold’, I’m sure of it.” “Made of Gold” is a hypersexy duet with English rapper Pa Salieu, in the spirit of these ten finely produced new songs mixing as many musical influences as their roots, just like “Sister 2 Sister”, an ode to their sisterhood.
Spell 31, XL Recordings. In concert on May 17 at Lafayette Anticipations (Paris).
Mathieu Pernot, Henri-Cartier-Bresson Foundation, until June 19.
HPI, every Thursday on TF1 (also available on Salto)