The Hell of Power
Le Ballet du Nord – Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Hauts-de-France
Les mémoires d’un seigneur
creation Olivier Dubois

artistic assistant Cyril Accorsi
creation assistant Karine Girard
interpreter Sébastien Perrault
with the participation of 40 selected male performers
music François Caffenne
light design Patrick Riou
costume design Chrystel Zingiro
lighting Emmanuel Gary

production Le Ballet du Nord – Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Hauts-de-France
coproduction Productiehuis Rotterdam-Rotterdamse Schouwburg
supporters convention Institut Français & Métropole Européenne de Lille, Institut Français du Libano, Pro Helvetia

excerpt from “Caligola” by Albert Camus (1944), “De morali principis institutione” by Vincent de Beauvais (1263) and text by Olivier Dubois


He is not a provoker: Olivier Dubois is rather a daring explorer of the dark side of the human soul, whose controversial works won him fame as one of the top 25 choreographers in the world. A disciple of Jan Fabre, he manages to distil the deepest emotions in a few essential gestures, slashing the scene exactly like Fontana slashed his canvas. See for example Les mémoires d’un seigneur, which will shake the Ravenna Festival with its human landscapes, a crowd of amateurs gravitating around a single man, Sébastien Perrault, Dubois’s favourite dancer, recognised first as a leader and then as a tyrant. In Dubois’s own words, this work is “a long-haul journey imbued with Elizabethan drama.” For sure, it will be like diving into the magma of powerful male seduction, a spell of dizziness on the brink of an abyss.