Orange Sings choir members at the Théâtre National de Chaillot

On Tuesday 27 October, close to thirty Orange choir members from the Paris area met at the Théâtre National de Chaillot to perform a descent of the theatre’s staircase choreographed by Thomas Lebrun, the director and chief choreographer of the Centre chorégraphique national in Tours.

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Since 2011, the Théâtre National de Chaillot has offered guest choreographers the opportunity to create a descent of its immense marble staircase. These "Vues sur les marches" (Views of the Steps) are filmed, and become videos which serve as a kind of artistic guest book.
Following in the footsteps of Trisha Brown, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Carolyn Carlson, Philippe Découflé and William Forsythe, Thomas Lebrun took over the staircase along with members of the Orange Sings choir. An exceptional encounter made possible by the partnership between Orange and the Manège de Chaillot endowment fund.

A performance based on the West Side Story

The Orange singers had fun with the performance, initially working on learning the movements created by Lebrun while humming the hit "America" from the West Side Story. It’s harder than you’d think! Singing and dancing at the same time requires a lot of practice. Thomas Lebrun explains, "It takes coordination, which comes more naturally to some people than to others. It’s the first time that a descent of the steps has involved singers. Their voices enhanced the choreography."

The singers study Thomas Lebrun’s movements, before imitating them on the steps.

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"It’s a change from what we usually do"

The singers were highly enthusiastic. Sophie says it was "stimulating and liberating. It’s a change from what we usually do." The same goes for Catherine, who says she was lucky to be involved in "an exceptional performance in a unique space, and to get to work with a professional - and a choreographer, no less." The singers, who are members of different Paris area choirs, also saw the event as an opportunity to meet new people, have fun and sing together.
Like the other "Vues sur les marches", their performance was filmed and will soon be released on Numeridanse and the Théâtre de Chaillot’s Dailymotion Channel, as well as on our site.

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