This is a pure dance performance, inspired by the songs of the inimitable Edith Piaf and the unique music and emotionally charged lyrics of Jacques Brel. Through the graceful athleticism of the choreography and dancers, the work expresses a range of moods from hope to disappointment, from joy to personal loss and from strength to vulnerability.
(75 minutes, including 20 minute intermission; 15 dancers)
Frère Jacques (Act One)
The music of singer/songwriter Jacques Brel has long been a source of inspiration to me. In Frère Jacques, using selected songs from the hit 1968 musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Brel's marvelous abillity to paint charming and poignant character studies is showcased in a series of powerful vignettes. —David Hochoy, choreographer
Songs include "If We Only Have Love," "Desperate Ones" and "Marathon."
Singer/songwriter Jacques Brel was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1929. Brel created and performed a catalog of literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that brought him a large, devoted following in France. His audience eventually extended internationally, making him a major influence on English-speaking writers and performers including Leonard Cohen and David Bowie, while translations of his songs were recorded by a wide range of performers from the Kingston Trio to Frank Sinatra.
PIAF: A Celebration (Act Two)
I used Edith Piaf as source material for a vocabulary of movement that is at times gritty, elegant, romantic and nostalgic. The piece has two sections, the first dealing with Piaf's harsh upbringing and addictions, the second a more rose colored view of her world. The whole sweeps the viewer along on a journey that is moving and inspirational. —David Hochoy, choreographer
Songs include "La Vie en Rose," "Milord" and "Padam Padam."
Édith Piaf, also known as “The Little Sparrow,” was born in Belleville, on the outskirts of Paris, on December 19, 1915, and rose to international stardom in the late 1930s as a symbol of French passion and tenacity. Of Piaf’s many ballads, “La Vie en Rose,” which she wrote, is remembered as her signature song. Other favorites among the singer's repertoire include "Milord," "Padam Padam," "Mon Dieu," the charming "Mon Manège à Moi" and the anthemic "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien." Having a life beset by addictions and related health issues, Piaf died in France in 1963 at the age of 47. She continues to be revered as a national treasure.