Lara Barsacq (FR)

Advising and pre-production support for Lara Barsacq’s upcoming trio, IDA, don’t cry me love that will premiere on October, 18th 2019 at La Raffinerie (Brussels) in the frame of La Biennale 2019 de Charleroi danse.

At the start, there is Ida Rubinstein, legendary dancer of the Ballets Russes and muse of Serge Diaghilev, who created the sensation in Paris at the beginning of the XXth century by her charisma, her beauty and her sulphurous presence. In Oscar Wilde's Salomé, the dancer stripped off her costume and stripped herself. Immediate triumph and fame. Through this provocative and liberating act, Ida Rubinstein returns to the history of dance, performance and feminism. A century later, Lara Barsacq goes to meet the muse which constitutes for her an intact source of inspiration, surrounded by two other dancers. On stage, the three artists celebrate and sing the memory, the glory, the absence of Ida. In her own unique way, mixing the historical and the trivial, the grandiose and the absurd, the personal memories and the archives, Lara Barsacq composes an ode to the freedom and the tutelary figures who breathe energy and daring. A hymn to poetry and dance as an invention of oneself.

Lara Barsacq is a choreographer, dancer and actress. She likes to mix the tracks between archives, fictions, incarnation and documentary. Starting from the story, the autobiographical rituals and the material of the real, she tries to imagine dances, metaphors and to switch into the incarnation.
Trained at the CNSM in Paris in contemporary dance, she joined the Batsheva Company with choreographer Ohad Naharin, between 1992 and 1996. From 1994 to 2004, she devotes herself to choreography, whether for her own projects or at the request of the CNSM in Paris and professional companies like Ensemble Batsheva. She became an interpreter of Jean-Marc Heim Compagnie, ALias, Jérôme Bel, Lies Pauwels and Ben Benaouisse, Tristero, Ballets C de la B, GdRA, Benny Claessens, Arkadi Zaides, Zerep's Coy, Danae Theodoridou and Lisi Estaras. Since 2004, she is both an actress and a dancer, working from improvisation and texts by authors. She has been performing in French since 2015 in Sarah Vanhee's Lecture for Everyone and is in Benny Claessens' Learning how to walk, presented at KVS. She develops her choreographic work in collaboration with Gael Santisteva. In 2016, they created Gilbert & Stock asbl.

After 15 years as an interpreter, Lara returned to choreography with a personal project: Lost in Ballets Russes, that premiered in April 2018 at La Raffinerie (Brussels). She is now creating IDA don’t cry me love, a trio built around the figure of Ida Rubinstein. The premiere will take place on October 18th, 2019 at La Raffinerie (Brussels) in the frame of La Biennale de Charleroi Danse.


18.10.2019 | IDA, don’t cry me love, Biennale de Charleroi danse, La Raffinerie, Brussels (BE) | PREMIERE
29 - 30.11.2019 | Lost in Ballets russes (extrait), Podium, Le Pacifique, Grenoble (FR)
03 - 04 - 05 - 06 - 07.12.2019 | IDA, don’t cry me love, Les Brigittines, Brussels (BE)
26.01.2020 | IDA, don’t cry me love (extrait), Théâtre 140, Brussels (BE)
06.02.2020 | IDA, don’t cry me love (extrait), Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris (FR)


19.11.2018 — Lost in Ballets russes, festival LEGS, La Raffinerie, Charleroi danse, Brussels (BE)
06 - 07 - 08.12.2018 — Lost in Ballets russes, La Balsamine, Brussels (BE)
21 - 22.05.2019 — Lost in Ballets russes, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris (FR)

A trio (with Marta Capaccioli and Elisa Yvelin) performed with generosity and confidence. [ ] Far from the smells of naphthalene, this IDA breathes a beautiful life into this ghost, who thus stands alongside the great heroines that the dancer incarnated, Cleopatra, Sheherazade or Joan of Arc.

Estelle Sopoto, “Sur les pas d’Ida”, Focus-Le Vif, 10.10.2019

The net of the official history of dance has huge holes. Many are passing through. In particular, women. Fortunately, in recent years, a new generation of artists is passionate about the past and is paying attention, as rigorously and amorously, to personalities more or less fallen in the oblivion. [ ] This personal and artistic historical thread also carries the show Lost in Ballets Russes, designed by Lara Barsacq, in connection with her great-great-uncle, the painter Léon Bakst. With his paintings in the background, she slips into the gestures of Vaslav Nijinski and Ida Rubinstein for which Maurice Ravel created Boléro in 1928. The one who, as a child, dreamed of a poster of Ida, made her her heroine : "She is a huge inspiration. She was a feminist who took risks, stripped herself in 1909! I'm shifting what she did, I dare to touch it to give it a place in history.” Lara Barsacq is currently completing a trio called IDA Don't Cry Me Love.

Rosita Boisseau, Le Monde, 20.06.2019

I find it exciting to immerse myself in a specific time in the history of dance and also in its historical context while seeking friction and re-ownership in the present moment. I like the friction of times and the improbability when it comes to make them coexist, to give them a whole new interpretation.

Lara Barsacq in conversation with Wilson Le Personnic,, 05.04.2018

creation and performance Lara Barsacq, Marta Capaccioli and Elisa Yvelin artistic advice Gaël Santisteva scenography and costumes Sofie Durnez light design Kurt Lefevre music composition Tim Coenen, Gaël Santisteva, Lara Barsacq

production Gilbert & Stock coproduction Charleroi danse — Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Brussels), Les Brigittines (Brussels) residency partners La Raffinerie - Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Les Brigittines, Grand Studio (Brussels), Le Théâtre de Liège and Honolulu (Nantes) supported by Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles — Service de la danse, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Grand Studio (Brussels)

Photos: Sanislav Dobak, Quentin Legrand, Gaël Santisteva