A unique choreographic event, Water Born by Carolyn Carlson premiered in June 2007 in a symbolic living heritage site: the open-air Art Deco swimming pool in Bruay-La-Buissière, south-west of Roubaix. The last pool of its kind in France to be open to the public captivated Carolyn Carlson, who loves creating surprising meetings between dance, locations and audiences.
This swimming pool provided a very special setting for Carolyn Carlson. Water has inspired her artistic imagination since her first stay in Venice from 1980 to 1984. As soon as she arrived here, she choreographed an inaugural event in another Art Deco swimming pool, the one that is now Roubaix's Musée d'Art et d'Industrie ("La Piscine"), while her latest major work, which premiered at Lille Opera, is entitled eau.
In Water Born, Carolyn Carlson makes reference to the myths and symbols of water. Water is a spiritual element and through its waves and tides symbolises the ebb and flow of existence. A precious source of life, its conservation is also a key concern of the choreographer's, who condemns its pollution through damaging, toxic products. So Ophelia, the eternal floating figure, who is simultaneously virgin, young girl and angel, is destined to pay for the sins of others.
Bringing together 15 of the company's dancers, pupils from the Conservatoire and 25 local amateur actors, Water Born brought a touch of magic to this Bruay-La-Buissière living space.
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