” If I stop playing one day, only God can hear it. If I stop for two days, I can hear it. And if I stop for three days, the audience hears it. Full of humor and wisdom, this maxim attributed to pianist Artur Rubinstein, more than one confined artist could meditate on it.
Since the start of the coronavirus crisis and the closure of concert halls, dancers, musicians and acrobats have been competing in ingenuity to reach their audience via social networks: from their homes, they record small videos and “perform”, alone or, through ingenious software, to many. Everyone at home and all together.
” Doing chamber music without hearing your colleagues is like tasting a dish blindfolded, says Nicolas Baldeyrou, clarinetist at the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. This awakens buried areas of the brain and sensitivity. “For his personal work, he keeps the same rhythm as in” normal “time -” an instrumentalist is never on vacation, having to maintain his physical and mental daily, like a sportsman – and maintains the link with his students at the National Conservatory of Lyon.
“Every morning, I do the technical exercises there”
Dancer at the Malandain Ballet, Claire Longchampt is bound to similar discipline. ” I installed a movable bar in my living room. Every morning, I do the technical exercises there and I work on the purity of the movement. We also need to maintain the breath and stamina that are lost very quickly “, She explains. At the same time, the company’s physiotherapist sends out every day ” strengthening exercises, to prevent as much as possible the risk of injury during recovery “
Paul Marque is the first dancer at the Paris Opera. Difficult, in the fifteen square meters of his living room to deploy his art. ” I would dream of pushing the walls to dance “big” and being able to exercise physical power: I do not have enough space to work the diagonals, the rides, the pirouettes, the big jumps … “, He laments.
A shared frustration, even tenfold, among circus artists! ” In our show, we use the trapeze technique, rocking jumps, acrobatic cycling with others, while performing staves and playing music… All this is impossible at home because it requires a large workspace , equipment… », Explains Olivier Pasquet, co-artistic director of the Cheptel Aleikoum company.
“Together”, “collective”, “team” … The words that artists miss the most
It’s not Lisa Lou Oedegaard, acrobat and co-founder of the collective Sous le cloak, which will contradict him, while confinement interrupted the creation residency for his new show. ” Our specialty is the Chinese mast: an iron bar, fixed and vertical, 5 to 6 meters high. We make litters there, we move collectively. “And if everyone is practicing diligently at home, the meticulous development of the sets remains unfinished.
“Together”, “collective”, “team” … These are the words that artists miss the most. ” Singing together, breathing together, starting and ending together… All of this ties the group together closely, testifies Florence Person, viola at the Choir of Radio France. I can see that some of us are very affected by the situation. “After concerns about the pension reform and the savings plan presented by the management of Radio France (1), this new blow will leave its mark. ” In the meantime, you have to work every day. I do technical exercises, breathing, to refocus, align my body … “, Florence Person says, anticipating a resumption in joy but also” the need to readjust, to find its marks. “
Choir, orchestra, circus or dance company: it is the momentum of the group that has stopped today that will rekindle the spark. ” The Philhar’s is a welded, tension-free set. Everything will resume quickly and well », Assures Nicolas Baldeyrou. As for Arnaud Mahouy, dancer at the Ballet Malandain, he trusts the link “ created by the choreographic writing of Thierry Malandain. The 22 members of the company know each other very well. We will find ourselves. “