Seeds (back to the land)

Seeds (back to the land)

Choregraphy Carolyn Carlson

One seed planted  
Ten-thousand trees  
Dust, wind, and cooper wings  
Scattering of the seeds 

I pluck a petal from a flower
Pin it to the wall 
To remember how vast the Universe sings 
Born to seed and mystery

Show for three performers, Seeds is a joyful ode to Mother Earth and a call for environmental awareness. It promises to steal the hearts of youngsters and adults alike, shifting between reality and imagination through dazzling, projected animations and vibrant choreography. The Carolyn Carlson Company is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture (DGCA-dance delegation) within the framework of the National Companies scheme, and is also supported by Tilder.



Carolyn Carlson

The title of the piece, Seeds, refers to birth, rebirth, hope. What is your source of inspiration?  

Carolyn Carlson : It’s a call to awareness: the Earth is in danger, I’m talking about an environmental urgency, numerous species of plants, animals, insects are underthreat of extinction. We have to be aware that what enables us to live on this planet, our food, the air we breathe, our humanity, they all come from seeds, seeds that give birth. This piece is an ode to the seed, sacred source. Let’s cherish what has been given to us, let’s think of the future generations who will have to preserve the Earth.  

In Norway there is a world stock of seeds, a place where are stored all seeds from all subsistence crops of the Planet in order to preserve genetic diversity. I think it’s brillant and promising! 

What inspires you in Elyx, the little guy drawn by the visual artist Yacine Aït Kaci ?  

Carolyn Carlson : Elyx is a virtual charming character, who tells a story. He represents our first conscience and responds to Humanity’s need to gather and plant seeds. On stage there are 3 dancers and Elyx: a couple of Japanese dancers, Chinatsu Kosakatani  who knows perfectly my work as she was 10 years with me in Roubaix’s CCN, and Ismaera Takeo ISHII, portraying Humanity about to realize. They are observed by a third figure: Alexis Ochin, who questions, he is the intermediary between virtual and real worlds. 

California-born choreographer Carolyn Carlson works in France since 1971, but she defines herself first and foremost as a nomad. Carlson is a tireless traveller, always seeking to develop and share her poetic universe. In her "visual poetry" choreographies, dance is strongly oriented towards philosophy and spirituality. 
For four decades, Carlson has had significant influence and success in many European countries. She has created over 100 pieces, a large number of which are landmarks in the history of dance. In 2006, her work was rewarded with the first ever Golden Lion given to a choreographer by the Venice Biennale. 
Founder of the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson at the Cartoucherie in 1999, she is now, since 2014 and for a two-year period, associated artist to Théâtre National de Chaillot, where the Carolyn Carlson Company has settled.


Ticketing: - 400-635-3355


Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre

9 Tianqiao Nandajie

Xicheng district, Beijing, Beijing


Phone : 400-635-3355


27.05.2017 20:00
Ticket Prices
80¥ 150¥ 200¥


Studio Theater, Nanshan Culture & Sports Center

62, Nan Tou St, Nanshan Da Dao, Nanshan District

Nanshan district, Shenzhen, Guangdong







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