Siegfried Forever


Title :
Siegfried Forever
Cycle :
Siegfried's Swan Song [1]
Genre :
Dance, Quartet
Date of creation :
Length :
Mauro Paccagnella
CHOREOGRAPHY & PLAY - Ben Fury (Mar/B), Mauro Paccagnella (I), Christophe Morisset (F), Stéphane Broc (F)
Christophe Morisset (F), Ina Geerts (B), Stéphane Broc (F)
Stéphane Broc
Christophe Morisset (F), Ina Geerts (B)
Fabienne Damiean
Simon Stenmans
Benjamin Van Thiel (B)
Wooshing Machine
Charleroi/Danses , Théâtre Les Tanneurs (Brussels)
Wallonia-Brussels Federation
Siegfried forever defines itself as a constant and organic movement between genres. Dance, theatre, live music and video are at the service of an identity-based puzzle and they take part in the construction of a contemporary hypothetical Siegfried. Four performers (a former classical dancer, an actor-trombonist, a hip-hop artist and a video artist-cum-rocker) share the role of the protagonist.

Our Siegfried is the reflection of the Wagnerian hero plunged into the humdrum banality of daily life. His desire to change humanity's destiny and the ardour of his passions are made fragile by the uncertainty of our times.

He is honest and manipulative, sincere and cunning at the same time; he juggles between truth and false pretence, without fear of showing himself up as clumsy. He wants to persuade his audience that his stories are absolutely extraordinary, so as to cause a wave of emulation. But his movements, at once tender and threatening, are ruses invented to exorcise his fear of being forgotten, of disappearing. But how can we judge the heritage of history while at the same time question our desire to leave something in our wake?

This unlikely metamorphosed act from a romantic opera plunges us into the reflections of a Wagnerian hero who accumulates swindle and arrogance in order to escape a banal ending. But though his body may have lost the agility of yesteryear, his enthusiasm is in no way in jeopardy.

SIEGFRIED FOREVER was nominated at the Belgium French Press Prize as "best choreography 2006".


Tour dates

June 15-16-17, 2006 - Danse à la Balsa, La Raffinerie, Brussels (B)
June 24, 2006 - Park In Progress 3 PEJA, INJEP Park, Marly-Le-Roy, Paris (F)
February 15 to 24, 2007 - Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Brussels (B)
18,19 april 2007 - Biennale de Charleroi/Danses, Charleroi (B)
19 may 2007 - Festival Nouvelles Danse Performance, Pôle Sud, Strasbourg (F)
June 9-10, 2008 -Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Brussels (B)
December 3-4, 2009 - Festival Made in Belgique, La Comédie, Saint-Etienne (F)
March 23-24-25, 2016 - Rerun, Centre Culturel Jacques Franck, Brussels (B)
2017 - Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (tbc)

Press review

In art as in all things, maturity has some good sides. Especially when it allows the artist to develop their expression with tenfold strength, mastery and imagination. The Danse à la Balsa, Marni et Raffinerie festival is currently presenting a wonderful example of this with Mauro Paccagnella's new creation: a hilarious quartet with irresistible gags and flourishes of poetry culminating in a final dazzling duet.
With Siegfried forever, spectators are transported from reverie to laugh-out-loud scenes, from duet to quartet. And what a quartet. Mauro Paccagnella, Stéphane Broc, Christophe Morisset and Ben Benaji Mohammed burst onto the stage with crooks' faces and bodies rarely seen on a dance stage. With impenetrable gravity, they throw themselves into a mini choreography that tips its hat to "sleight of hand under villain's command." It's only the beginning but already the audience is in stitches. Soon we are completely under the spell of these four men's daring.
It is all the more impressive given that, without seeming to, they endeavour to really stick to the adventures of the mythical Siegfried, while adding their own dazzlingly contemporary touch. It would be a nonsense to try to explain such a performance, but the audience will not be quick to forget the incredible belly dance (to put it mildly) executed by Christophe Morisset, the tragic destiny of the male as recounted by Stéphane Broc, the appearance of Mauro Paccagnella as a legendary bird, as at ease with classical movement (with astounding use of the arms!) as with contemporary slides, Ben Benaji Mohammed's mind-blowing pirouettes along with the beer-drinking song as performed by the beer aficionados. Perhaps one way of reminding us that the football World Cup is taking place in Germany, and that, as a well-known slogan for beer here in Belgium has it, "Men know why"...
After this delirious festival, the final minutes showcase a magnificent duo between Mauro Paccagnella and Ben Benaji Mohammed. A perfect marriage of absolute poetry and fluidity between contemporary dance and hip-hop. Superb.

– JEAN-MARIE WYNANTS – Le Soir – June 16, 2006
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