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Maud le Pladec performing onstage

In tackling Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Maud Le Pladec aimed at rendering the invisible visible, reconstructing the score and orchestrating musical variations in an essay at finishing this masterpiece. With this target in mind, she has not hesitated to reinvent her own choreographic expression, entrusting ten dancers from intentionally divergent backgrounds with the pleasure of embodying her pared-down movement. A choreographic symphony of remarkable construction, allowing the music to be heard and the dance to be seen differently.

About Maud Le Pladec

Following her studies at the National Choreographic Center of Montpellier, Maud Le Pladec danced for choreographers such as Georges Appaix, Loïc Touzé, Mathilde Monnier, Mette Ingvartsen, and Boris Charmatz. In 2010, she premiered her first piece, Professor, first section of a diptych revolving around the music of Fausto Romitelli. The second section followed in 2012 with Poetry.

In 2013, Maud Le Pladec became laureate of the French Institute’s Hors les Murs program, and conducted research in New York into American post-minimalist music, leading to her pieces Democracy with TaCtuS Ensemble and Concrete with the Ictus contemporary music ensemble. In 2015, she began a new cycle of works giving voice to women by co-authoring Hunted with the artist Okwui Okpokwasili. In 2016, she worked with the Paris National Opera for Eliogabalo with stage director Thomas Jolly, under the musical direction of Leonardo García Alarcón.

In 2017, she succeeded Josef Nadj as director of the National Choreographic Center of Orleans, where she has since premiered Borderline with the stage director Guy Cassiers, Je n’ai jamais eu envie de disparaître with the writer Pierre Ducrozet, the solo Moto-Cross, and Twenty-seven perspectives for the 2018 Festival Montpellier Danse. In 2021, she presented Static shot with the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, and counting stars with you (musiques femmes), a creation dedicated to women composers in the musical heritage. In 2022, she creates Silent Legacy, a duo between 10-year-old krump prodigy Adeline Kerry Cruz and professional contemporary dancer Audrey Merilus, at Festival d’Avignon.

Artistic Team & Credits

Concept & Choreography Maud Le Pladec
Lighting & Set Design Éric Soyer
Sound Design Pete Harden, based on Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No.8 D759
Costume Design Alexandra Bertaut
Assistant Julien Gallée-Ferré
Performed by Régis Badel, Matthieu Chayrigues, Simon Feltz, Maria Ferreira Silva, Alexandra Fribault, Aki Iwamoto, Daan Jaartsveld, Audrey Merilus, Noé Pellencin, Jeanne Stuart
General Manager Mélissandre Halbert
Lighting Nicolas Marc
Sound Vincent Le Meur
Production Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans
Co-production Chaillot – Théâtre national de la danse, Festival Montpellier Danse 2018, Festival
NEXT / Schouwburg Kortrijk & le Phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création,
La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val de Marne, MC2: Grenoble
Residency Théâtre d’Orléans in collaboration with la Scène nationale, et à Paris, co-realization
Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse / La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val de Marne

A group of ten contemporary dancers performing on a white stage
Twenty-seven perspectives © Konstantin Lipatov