Shiver / All I Need
13 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris
Capacity 550 seats
For all audiences
Highlights: Shiver / All I Need
For the most talented contemporary choreographers, dance is much more than a visually impressive art form: it’s a medium for commenting on the world of today. Such is the case for choreographer Edouard Hue, whose ballets Shiver and All I Need are as politically engaged as they are artistically inspired. You can catch both pieces in an impressive double bill at La Scala.
If ballet has long been associated with beauty, precision and grace, then contemporary dance is all about intensity. Bringing new meaning to the physicality of dance, these performers use their bodies to tell an important modern story.
Story: Shiver / All I Need
Having danced with prestigious international companies like Hofesh Schechter, Olivier Dubois and Damien Jalet, now Edouard Hue brings us two of his own choreographic creations: Shiver and All I Need.
The production’ first part, Shiver, is an intense duet between Hue and his fellow dancer Yurié Tsugawa. Performing on a minimalist stage, there is nothing to distract from their virtuosic dance. Technically demanding and quiveringly precise, Shiver is a dramatisation of the feelings of fear and excitement that come with a new meeting.
Hue’s ballet All I Need sees nine dancers collide in a heady onstage confrontation. Inspired by the rise of former president Donald Trump, the dance is physically intense, expressive and emotionally charged. It’s no coincidence that this ballet was selected to open the prestigious Epidaurus Festival in Athens: it’s powerful choreography that packs a political punch!
Wedged between hair salons and trendy vintage stores in Paris’ 10th Arrondissement, La Scala is a newly renovated “café-concert hall” hosting a wide variety of entertainment, including theatre, dance, concerts, and circus performances. Once the first major English-style music halls in France, now remade with state of the art modular technology, the venue has undergone multiple makeovers since it first opened its doors in 1873. It made its humble debut as a Parisian guinguette, an intimate meeting place for drinking and dancing, but later evolved into a concert hall, theatre venue, and finally an art deco cinema. Perhaps the strangest chapter of La Scala’s history came in 1999, when it was purchased by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, who envisioned the venue as a meeting place for a religious cult. However, its neighbours protested, and Paris’ city council refused to give the church permission for its plans. La Scala was closed, lying derelict for 16 years.
However, this changed in 2016 when the space was purchased by a pair of seasoned theatre producers. They transformed the space into a 550-seat modular theatre with technology to support the full range of performances they imagined for the space. Both its auditorium and restaurant feature designs from scenographer Richard Peduzzi, the man behind the Milan Scala, an opera house which has hosted nearly every great Italian opera singer since 1778. Inspired by this long heritage, Paris’ own imitation is now a gem of the city’s theatre scene with an impressively diverse programme of shows.
Handicap Accessible: Yes, though please contact us beforehand to ensure you get the best place.
Air conditioning: Yes