Delicado (2004)

Premiered on January 21st 2004, Fondation Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
Commissionned work for 12 dancers for the Gulbenkian Ballet, Direction Paolo Ribeiro

Reworked for the Ballet Junior of Geneva
Premiered on June 8th 2006, Salle des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland


« From the mass of bodies arose tenuous lines, forms jabbing the sky. Hesitant steps, fine and light bodies, balanced in the space, almost without weight, all in delicacy. »

Bodies stretched to a maximum, spindly-limbed women in star-shaped poses, broken lines and bodies turned upside down. With this new creation, I would like to work with hitherto unexplored possibilities of construction: disjointed lines, lines and contacts, dense networks of movement and bodies caught in wavelike motion. These delicate bodies (delicados) then will be turned inside out, looking for balance on the borders of life; upward raising postures, getting up straight, eventually standing.

No conclusion, no prefabricated movements, just the development of an abstract and sensitive idea that moves up from the bones. As in the «cadáver delicado» (exquisite corpse), movement sections attached one to the other, without logic, from choices both arbitrary and uncontrolled.

Statement of intent, Gilles Jobin, 2004


16 to 18 December 2010: Salle des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland
5 September 2008: Teatro Aveirese, Aveire, Portugal
22 to 25 November 2007: Salle des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland
8 to 11 June 2006: Salle des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland

21-22 January: Grande Auditório Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
23 January: Viriato Teatro Municipal, Viseu, Portugal
30-31 January: Teatro Resenende, Evora, Portugal
1 May: Le Métropole, Lausanne, Switzerland
4 May: Grand casino de Geneva, Switzerland
6 May: Gessnerallee, Zürich, Switzerland
7 May: Stadttheater, Bern, Switzerland
8 May: Theater Casino, Zug, Switzerland
10 May: Stadt Theater, Basel, Switzerland


Choreography Gilles Jobin
Dancers Ballet Junior
Music Cristian Vogel
Lighting design Yann Marussich
Costumes Karine Vintache
Assistant choreographer Jean-Pierre Bonomo