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EMAIL, PING PONG and CÉDRIC ANDRIEUX Nov 25, 2013

In response to the recent performance choreographed by Jérôme Bel and performed by Cédric Andrieux, Tessa Hulls and I decided to have a conversation about the piece via email and ping pong. Photos, video and email exchange included below.

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From: Eric Olson
To: Tessa Hulls
Subject: Ping pong
Date: November 18, 2013 11:19 AM

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Seattle Dances Reviews Cédric Andrieux Nov 18, 2013


"The stories are the performers’; the tone, pacing, anecdotes selected, length of pauses, moments when sips of water are taken, are where Bel’s masterful crafting is apparent." – Read the review at Seattle Dances

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Dance Without Music Nov 16, 2013

Cédric Andrieux got on stage, and the entire time, danced without music. NO MUSIC, whatsoever, until the very end of his performance to a piece, entitled The Show Must Go On, and even then, he just stands there, smiles and stares at the audience….This kind of blew my mind!

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The Learning Channel Nov 15, 2013

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"Infectious...everything one wants from a show." – The Sunbreak reviews Cédric Andrieux Nov 15, 2013

photo by Jamie Roque de la Cruz

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A Wealth of Dance for Seattle Nov 15, 2013

Shortly after last night’s opening performance of Cedric Andrieux, choreographer and director Jerome Bel’s first work shown in Seattle, I had a chance to speak with Cedric Andrieux on the front steps of the theater. The solo performer of this weekend’s show bearing his own name, Cedric has led a life devoted to dance, as total commitment is what it takes to work at such a rigorous craft. As a lifelong professional dancer, Cedric has had the unique opportunity to be an integral part of modern dance history.

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Sustenance in exemplar Nov 15, 2013

A bare stage holds such promise. The mystery of place that speaks of many stories and much work, the slicing random patterns of many feet skidding across the stage, the scaffolding and lights, framing curtains all drawing my attention to the energy hovering within. Without embellishment, an empty stage advertises confidance that the performance will be rich enough on its’ own, large enough to provide every sustenance. 

 

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Cédric and Jérôme Nov 15, 2013

Cédric Andrieux walks on stage wearing his workout clothes. He puts his gym bag and water bottle down, and gives a run-down of the beginnings of his life in small sentences. It is entirely personal, cinematic in nature, and filled with intimate pauses. He speaks with the “questioning tone” of a child. 

Cédric is not going to work out for us. With the help of Jérôme Bel, he will conceive of a way to tell his story really well.

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A Working Man Nov 15, 2013

Among the first things Cedric introduces about himself is his age: He is 36. And he is a dancer.  He has spent the last twenty-four years of his life trying to be good at contemporary dance, with an added urgency, because, according to his own description, he has little natural talent.  

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