© Grégoire Romefort


Olga de Soto focuses her vision on Kurt Jooss’ legendary work The Green Table, premièred in Paris in 1932, and renowned not only for its socio-political and pacifist message, but also for the stand its creator took against the first anti-Semitic laws enacted by Hitler upon his rise to power in 1933.

On a bare stage, accompanied by a screen where archive videos and images are projected, Olga de Soto tells about her research work on Jooss' ballet. The choreographer reveals the before and after of the show, that is to say the process of inquiry and the impression it has made. Step by step she creates a moment of openness and immediacy with the audience, intended to make sharing the process of creation as important as the outcome of the work. And it is with this desire of sharing that she retraces the process of a complex work filled with issues and developments, avenues opened and explored in a documentary endeavour that is also a real investigation. Undreamed treasures, gleaned throughout a rich dramaturgical journey working towards a touching collective memory that it is important to recall.

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production Niels Production, in collaboration with Caravan Production (Brussels)
co-production Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté (Belfort), Les Halles de Scherbeek (Brussels), Tanz Im August (Berlin)
supported by Ministère de la Communauté française de Belgique – Secteur danse, Wallonie Bruxelles International, Archives Jooss (Köln/Amsterdam) of the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln (German Dance Archives)
research grants by French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the programme Aide à la recherche et au Patrimoine en Danse of French Ministry of Culture and Communication and Federation Wallonia-Brussels
This project was supported by Les Halles (Brussels) from 2009 to 2012, in the frame of the activities by Olga de Soto as associated artist
research residencies Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté française de Belgique – Charleroi Danses (Brussels, 2006-2009), Centre national de la Danse (Paris, 2006)

languages of the performance French and English
length 1h10

concept, documentation, text, camera, sound, video direction and performance Olga de Soto
video editing Julien Contreau and Olga de Soto
lighting Thomas Walgrave
light technician Geni Diez
sound and video technician Pierre Gufflet, Julien Lamaze or Eric Desjeux
software credits movie Pierre Gufflet
scenography and costumes Olga de Soto
technical direction Christophe Gualde
research assistant companies Karin Verbruggen
research assistant at Tanzarchiv Köln Katja Herlemann
subtitles Niels Production

with Olga de Soto
and the testimonies by Micheline Hesse, Brigitte Evellin, Suzanne Batbedat, Françoise Olivaux, Frederic Stern, Françoise Dupuy and Michelle Nadal

voice off Kurt Jooss (extract from the interview Berghson-Jooss, California, 1974, courtesy of Tanzarchiv Köln)
pictures by Fritz Henle, Albert Renger-Patzsch (Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv – Ann und Juergen Wilde / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / SABAM, Belgium 2010) and unknown photographs

Programmes' notes are courtesy of the archives of Ballet Arizona, Ballet du Rhin, Bayerisches Staatballett, Birmingham Royal Ballet, former Cleveland Ballet now San José, Cullberg Ballett, Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln (for Folkwang Tanztheater, Ballets Jooss, Folkwang Ballet and Tanzforum Köln), Finnish National Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Het National Ballet, Israel Dance Library - Tel-Aviv (for Batsheva Dance Company), Joffrey Ballet, José Limón Dance Foundation, Malmö Stadsteater, Oakland Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Tanzarchiv Leipzig (for Deutsche Oper, Berlin), Winnipeg Royal Ballet & Zürich Ballet

An Introduction is an analytical work that takes Kurt Jooss’ piece The Green Table as its starting-point.

This performance includes excerpts from interviews in French and English.
The text has been originally written in French. Olga de Soto being bilingual (FR/ESP) the documentary performance can be performed in French or Spanish. For other languages subtitles are needed.

The performance has been translated in Czech, Dutch, German, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. 

CZ | The Czech version has been coproduced in collaboration with Tanec Praha, Prague (CZ).
DE | The German version has been coproduced in collaboration with Tanz Im August, Berlin (DE).
EN | The English version has been produced by Niels Production, Brussels (BE).
ES | The Spanish version has been produced by Niels Production (BE).
FR | The French version has been produced by Niels Production (BE).
IT | The Italian version has been coproduced in collaboration with Festival Astiteatro, Asti (IT).
NL | The Dutch version has been coproduced in collaboration with Caravan Production, Brussels (BE).
PL | The Polish version has been coproduced in collaboration with CK Zamek, Poznan (PL).
PT | The Portuguese version has been coproduced in collaboration with Culturgest, Lisbonne (PT).

Première at Festival Tanz Im August, Berlin (DE), in 2010

© Mila Ros