Irreverent choreographer Jean-Claude Gallotta and gutsy singer Olivia Ruiz meet on stage in Volver, a performance somewhere between stage musical and musical choreography.

In 2013 Jean-Claude Gallotta first began working with Olivia Ruiz on L’Amour sorcier (Love, the Magician), an adaptation of Manuel de Falla’s pantomime ballet, with Marc Minkowski and Jacques Osinski. Volver is the artists’ second piece together and is a show for nine performers from the Groupe Émile Dubois, Olivia Ruiz and her band.

At the heart of the performance is the journey of a young girl from an immigrant family (Olivia Ruiz’s own story), touching on the rich experience of belonging to two cultures and at the same time the curious notion of being a foreigner in two countries : the word "homeland" has no plural form.

"It is a false biopic. I imagined an incredible story based on Olivia’s extraordinary energy." Jean-Claude Gallotta

Running time : 1h20



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Conception : Jean-Claude Gallotta, Olivia Ruiz
Choreography : Jean-Claude Gallotta assisted by Mathilde Altaraz
Text : Claude-Henri Buffard and Olivia Ruiz
Dramaturg : Claude-Henri Buffard
Light : Manuel Bernard
Costumes : Stéphanie Vaillant and Aïala, assisted by Anne Jonathan
Video : Maxime Dos
English adaptation and surtitles : Harold Manning

With Olivia Ruiz (song, dance)
With dancers : Agnès Canova, Paul Gouëllo, Ibrahim Guetissi, Georgia Ives, Fuxi Li, Lilou Niang, Gaetano Vaccaro, Thierry Verger, Béatrice Warrand (dance)
With musicians : Vincent David, Martin Gamet, David Hadjadj, Frédéric Jean, Frank Marty (musicians)

Production : Groupe Émile Dubois / Cie Jean-Claude Gallotta

Coproduction : Biennale de la danse de Lyon / Théâtre National de Chaillot / Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble / MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard

With support from Asterios Spectacles and the MC2: Grenoble, the Centre National de la Danse, the MAGASIN Centre National d'Art Contemporain and Manush et de Bloch