// Benjamin Millepied
Set to composer Philip Glass’s MAD RUSH, the duet Closer was created in 2006 for Céline Cassone and Sébastien Marcovici (principal dancer with the New York City Ballet) and presented at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France. For BJM, the duet will be performed by the magnetic Céline Cassone and Alexander Hille. Performed and acclaimed on several world stages, Closer is a voluptuous and vibrant exchange, imbued with an intense yet simple sensuality, that of the tension between two bodies.
“The tension between the haunting rhythms of the accompanying musical inspiration Mad Rush by Phillip Glass and the new flavors introduced by Millpied to the neo-classical realm worked extremely well. His choreographic touches were intricate and delicate, yet seemed effortless.”
Over the course of twenty minutes, Céline is carried, pulled and lifted with movements of crystalline beauty and delicacy, rousing the sentiments of the audience, who are transported into the couple’s passionate relationship. Enhancing the work is a live performance of Glass’s piano piece, MAD RUSH, reverberating throughout the hall, evoking the purity of the dancers’ emotions.
This ballet benefits from the precious support of M. Uriel G. Luft