“Our position as artists is all the time to seek for the sunshine,” says French artist JR (previously) in regards to the second act of his Retour à la Caverne challenge. “We all know this a lot: You don’t thrust back the darkness with extra darkness. You chase it away with gentle, nonetheless tiny.”
The work he’s referring to, although, is way from tiny. Cloaking Paris’s Palais Garnier whereas the constructing is underneath building, Retour à la Caverne is a gigantic trompe l’oeil facade, the primary a part of which depicts a cave carved into the grand construction that homes the opera. Illuminated on the heart, the non permanent piece highlights the bodily and metaphorical interactions between gentle and darkish. Damaged into two acts like an opera libretto, the work references Plato’s allegory that rising from the depths of the cave, and from darkness, brings data.
“Act I” debuted earlier this fall with 4 nights of projected works, whereas the second half was held on November 12. “Again in September, we invited you to step out of the cave to go and discover. This time, we’re inviting you again contained in the cave,” JR mentioned whereas introducing the work. Whereas “Act I” portrays the cavern gouged into the middle of the constructing, “Act II” switches views, putting the viewers solely contained in the area.
Titled “Chiroptera,” the efficiency featured choreography by Damien Jalet and music by Thomas Bangalter. Greater than 150 dancers appeared by way of an elevated seven-story scaffolding after an eerie introduction by ballerina Amandine Albisson, who appeared to open the cave, inflicting a plummet into darkness. As with a lot of JR’s works, the artist requested the gang to take part by utilizing headlamps and their telephones to light up the rest of the efficiency, revealing the methods gentle can emerge from collective motion.
Watch the complete efficiency under, and discover extra from JR on Instagram.
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