Choreography by Snorkel Rabbit

The work is inspired by Jacques Tati’s 1967 film “Playtime”.
In its third and final year at the Opéra de Massy, the young company under the direction of Alba Castillo and Bryan Arias were inspired by the poetic and witty monumental film PLAYTIME, which deals with the relationship to modernity and uniformity. In it, Tati transforms Paris into an ultra-modern city full of huge structures and spaces, and the people who inhabit these spaces form a society of materialists and consumers. This is the starting point for the choreographic creation. Now, the piece will be performed at Staatstheater Darmstadt.

Alba Castillo

Born in Valencia, Spain, Alba began her dance career at the age of 17 at the Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana dance company. In 2007, she joined the Compañia Nacional de Danza 2 under the direction of Nacho Duato. From 2011 to 2020 Alba danced as a soloist with the Basel Ballet in works by the most renowned choreographers. At the same time, Alba began her career as a choreographer in 2012 with the piece “Bipolar Skin”. The work was a finalist at the Hannover International Choreography Competition, won the Audience Award at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, and took second prize at the Certamen Internacional de Coreografía Burgos & New York. In 2018, Alba was nominated for the 21st PREMIOS MAX for Performing Arts in Spain and won second prize at the Les Synodales choreography competition in Sens for her choreography “The Breathing Room”. In 2019, Alba won the gold medal and the prize for best choreography at the Beijing International Choreography Competition with the pieces “Before you Land” and “Remember me, like this”, and a choreography prize at the Oltner Tanztage, NEW IDEAS II for her choreography “Before you Land”. Alba now choreographs for a number of international companies. She will be presenting new works in 2020 for the Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and collaborating in 2021 with Pennsylvania Ballet (USA), Ballet Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater St.Gallen (Switzerland) and Austinmer Dance Theater (Australia).

Bryan Arias

Bryan was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. At the age of nine he moved to New York, where he was exposed to many styles of urban dance and received his first artistic training at La Guardia High School for Performing Arts. As a dancer, Bryan was involved with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater (NDT) and Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot. Throughout his career he has danced in works by renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite. As a choreographer Bryan won first prize and the audience prize at the 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition for his piece “Without notice”, was nominated for the “Protégé award” and the “Rolex Mentor”, received the Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award 2017 as well as the Jacobs Pillow Fellowship award 2018/19. In 2020, Bryan received the prestigious German “Der Faust” award for choreography. Bryan choreographs for The Julliard School, Netherlands Dance Theater 2, Hessisches Staatsballett, Scottish Ballet, Tanz Luzern Theater, Ballett Theater Basel, Paul Taylor Company, Charlotte Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Gibney Dance Company. His creations have been presented at the Bolshoi Ballet, the Konzert Theater Bern and the Zürich Ballet.


Choreography and artistic direction Alba Castillo
Artistic co-direction Bryan Arias
General direction and lights Lukas Marian

With Bo Jacobs, Giusy Fanaro, Valeria Marangelli, Chloé Wanner, Giuliana Sollami, Celia Sandoya

A performance by the Snorkel Rabbit company, in residence at the Opéra de Massy in co-production with the Hessisches Staatsballett as part of the Rhine Main Dance Platform.

The Snorkel Rabbit company is in residence at the Opéra de Massy, with the support of lu Minstère de la Culture – Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France


Photos: Jef

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