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Shaker Loops (2012)


Shaker Loops John Adams for string septet (1978) choreographic creation Gilles Jobin (2011)

Preview November 6th 2011 at La Gaîté lyrique, Paris (France)
Premiere October 2nd 2012 at Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, Geneva (Switzerland) for the season opening of The Chamber Orchestra of Geneva

Choreography Gilles Jobin
Dance Susana Panadés Díaz, Isabelle Rigat, Gilles Jobin
Light design Daniel Demont
Costume advisor Karine Vintache

Music Shaker Loops John Adams (1978) with The Chamber Orchestra of Geneva (L’OCG)
Direction David Greilsammer
Violin Mélik Kaptan
Violin Simone Roggen
Violin Ariel Bühler
Viola Nathalie Vandebeulque
Cello Pascal Michel
Cello Danila Ivanov
String bass Pierre-François Massy

Coproduction Cie Gilles Jobin – Geneva and L’OCG
With the support of La Loterie Romande
In collaboration with Théâtre Benno Besson - Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland)

Cie Gilles Jobin is supported by la Ville de Genève, la République et Canton de Genève and Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council
Gilles Jobin is associate artist at Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy

Shaker Loops, or the “extatic frenzy” of a minimal dance.

Listening to John Adams’s Shaker Loops, I was immediately struck by the power and the density of the score, its precision and its spiritual minimalism. The notes fill in the space restlessly, overlaying each other and creating an amazing spatial tension made of complex oscillations and hypnotic soundwaves. From start, it seemed obvious to propose a very written dance, precise and chiseled. Rather than composing choreographic sections, I decided to draw particularly complex danced sections from my repertoire. These dances taken out from their original creation are sublimed by John Adams’s music and exposed for what they are, oscillations and undulations.

Gilles Jobin, October 2011