Ballet d’Europe, under the direction of Jean-Charles Gil, will be returning to the recently restored Pjazza Teatru Rjal, after having performed at the original ruins back in 2006. Their performance had been well received, leading critics to voice the public’s opinion of wanting to ‘see more of Ballet d’Europe in years to come, even a regular fixture if possible’ (STOM, 13/08/2006). This August, this request will be granted with two performances, FOLAVI (2008) and Complicités (2012). These are two works for five performers. Complicités explores the richness of encounters, while in FOLAVI, which is a play on words, Gil attempts to give words to dance, to move from dreams to reality, allowing for individual interpretation.
Ballet d’Europe was founded in 2003, and has been a lead player, supported by the European Social Fund, Stabilisation Emploi Danse (2003 – 2006), a project which has been recommended by the European Union. After operating as a permanent company for ten years, it is currently comprised by its former dancers who now work independently all over Europe, but who regularly return to collaborate under the direction of Jean-Charles Gil.
Spanish-born Gil joined the Ballet National de Marseilles at the age of 17. With an international dance career spanning over twenty years, he began to choreograph and established the Ballet des Jeunes d’Europe in 1999, and eventually, the Ballet d’Europe in 2003.
Films of his work, including Mireille, Mozart’s Requiem and Schubert in Love, were also shown on Mezzo. Between 2010 and 2013, he developed a project around the theme of water, aptly titled H2O – Mémoires de l’Eau, for the Marseille-Provence European Capital of Culture (2013).
“Contrary to what is too often said or thought, the dance is the result of a complex work and long-term training,” writes Jean-Charles Gil. In fact, he considers classical ballet technique to be a tool for excellence, which in turn allows dancers to find freedom and space to work with their emotions rather than compose work with copied movements. With a respect for diversity, the encounter between forms of expression and the nakedness of emotion are principles which Gil remains loyal to in his choreographies.
Ballet d’Europe will be performing at Pjazza Teatru Rjal on the 1st and 2nd August at 9pm. Tickets are available from ticketline.com.mt or from the Pjazza Teatru Rjal box office, which is open Monday to Friday from 10am till 7pm, and Saturday from 10am till 1pm.