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Content advisory: This performance features strobe lights, haze, loud music, and brief nudity. Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels and NYU Skirball present the North American premiere of Room with a View, a collaboration between the electronic music producer Rone, the dance collective (LA)HORDE and the Ballet national de Marseille.
Room with a View (2020), a large-scale, multidisciplinary performance featuring 20 dancers, shares a name with Rone’s fifth studio album, and was created during a ten-day carte blanche residency at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet.
A rave takes place in an otherworldly set that evokes both a rock quarry and white box space. Industrial machinery cuts and polishes the rock, while Rone uses electronic machinery to sculpt sweeping, emotional soundscapes for a group of partygoers. In this liminal space, sounds, bodies, and images are open to interpretation, inscribable with a variety of meanings that reflect the ever-shifting nature of human existence.
While sculptors traditionally work with marble to, in the words of Michelangelo, “free the human form inside the block,” the performers dance to escape from the rigidity of the stone. With movement drawn from both raves and protests, the dancers explore humanity’s role in an impending disaster. Their chaotic, revelatory dancing underscores the persistence of beauty in even the most catastrophic of times.
Founded by Roland Petit in 1972 and granted Centre Chorégraphique National status in 1984, the Ballet national de Marseille is made up of 22 dancers hailing from 16 different countries. The dance collective (LA)HORDE has been at the head of the BNM since 2019. Through films and live performances, as well as choreographic creations, (LA)HORDE explores the political impact of dance and maps out the choreographic contours of popular uprisings, whether mass movements or isolated campaigns, spanning the dance spectrum from raves to folkloric dances, not to mention jumpstyle. ballet-de-marseille.com
Room with a View is part of the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival in New York.
ABOUT DANCE REFLECTIONS BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Profoundly attached to the world of dance since its origins, the High Jewelry Maison strengthens its commitment with Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels. Guided by the values of creation, transmission, and education, this initiative aims to support artists and institutions in presenting choreographic heritage, while also promoting new productions. Since its launch in 2020, it has promoted numerous dance companies for their creations as well as the presentation of multiple performances around the world. The program is complemented each year by major events, including the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival, whose first edition took place in London in March 2022. This support further extends to awareness-raising actions focused on dance culture for the broadest possible audience, professionals and amateurs alike. dancereflections-vancleefarpels.com
The performances of Room with a View by RONE X (LA)HORDE – Ballet national de Marseille at NYU Skirball are presented in association with Villa Albertine; and made possible in part with support from Harkness Foundation for Dance.
NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and by Howard Gilman Foundation; FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program of FACE Foundation in partnership with Villa Albertine; General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA; Collins Building Services; Korean Cultural Center New York, Marta Heflin Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Stage Pass Fund support.