BIPED – Lyon


April 16, 2024


Opera de Lyon, 1 Pl. de la Comédie, 69001 Lyon, France

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Opera de Lyon Ballet: Biped and Beach Birds

Lyon: April 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 2024

There will be a series of performances of Biped, the dance that Gavin did with Merce Cunningham, at the Lyon Opera Ballet in April 2024, followed by others in Poland and Germany.

After the end of the Cunningham Company in 2011, the dance was subequently recreated by Robert Swinston for the Bavarian State Ballet, and then for the Compagnie Nationale de Danse Angers (CNDC Angers), where Robert was the artistic director. With the Angers company, we performed regularly in Europe, Abu Dhabi and USA from September 2018 to December 2019. 

Now we have embarked on a highly successful new collaboration with the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon whose director, Cédric Andrieux, had himself been a member of the Cunningham company for many years and who danced in Biped many times. 

Merce always insisted on live music for his work and we have maintained that principle on every occasion.

The programme comprises Beach Birds (music by John Cage) and Biped

The musicians: Morgan Goff, viola; James Woodrow, electric guitar; Audrey Riley, cello; Yuri Bryars, double bass and piano (Beach Birds); Gavin Bryars, electric keyboard

Last bow, GB, Paris Dec 2011

Gavin Bryars