Compagnie Linga _ Emballe-moi (wrap me up)

Concept and choreography: Katarzyna Gdaniec, Marco Cantalupo Music: Radian, Jim Black, Beequeen, A. Wollscheid, P. Anka Costumes: Marthold Vis Lights: Bert De Raeymaecker Dancers:Elodie Boulet, Jérôme Benoist, Johana Cessiecq, Stanislav Genadiev, Gérald Durand Premiere: April 2005 Time:60 min A co-production by: Compagnie Linga – Théâtre de l’Octogone (Pully, Switzerland)

“With five performers, the couple Gdaniec / Cantalupo has built a mind-blowing choreography in which crazy consumption and its techniques of attraction express themselves during superb duos with voluptuous curves and acrobatic dance sequences on a tempo which grows faster and faster. As usual with Linga, the bodies exult and the dancers show and electrifying energy”. – Corinne Jaquiéry “24 heures”, Switzerland

„Whether we like it or not, we are all consumers. But is there a way out? Compagnie Linga and its directors K. Gdaniec and M. Cantalupo take another bite at socio-political issues in their last creation, « emballe-moi » (wrap me up)…” – Bruce Michelson “Dance Europe”, Great Britain

“emballe-moi” (wrap me up) Advertising, this disproportionate social phenomenon, reveals a cynical idea, which transforms the world into merchandise. The message, constantly repeated, is clear: consumption is the solution to all problems. Merchandise is the center and the meaning of life, the (super) market – its temple. With this new piece the choreographers and the five performers throw a light on the seducing techniques of this system – advertising – at the service of “the consumer society” “emballe-moi” (wrap me up) explores with humor the conditioning of mankind to this dominant ideology – in an urge of a change.

Cie LINGA was founded by Katarzyna Gdaniec and Marco Cantalupo in 1992. In 1993 the Company was offered to take permanent residence at the Octogone Theater in Pully/Lausanne (Switzerland), an important national theater. Their works, their physical and unconventional style have made the fame of the company, hosted in Europe’s, South America’s and Middle East’s most important festivals and theaters. The company and the choreographers have been awarded different prestigious prizes and their works are to be found in the repertory of the Dresdner Ballet, the Ballet of the Mannheim Opera, the Florence’s Opera Ballet and the National Ballet of Portugal.