In January 2021, choreographer Emanuel Gat and his company found themselves in a dance studio in Metz; performances that had already been planned were cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead of despairing over the situation, Gat developed a crazy idea. In only ten days, he created an entirely new piece. Act II & III is a choreographic and theatrical investigation that unfolds parallel to the historic 1965 recording of the second and third acts of Puccini's “Tosca”, conducted by Georges Prêtre and interpreted by Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi and Tito Gobbi. Instead of illustrating the world-famous libretto and its characters, the independent choreography uncovers the opera’s many musical layers and – sustained by an outstanding ensemble of dancers – intimately and powerfully evokes existential themes such as love, betrayal, jealousy, hope, death, war and persecution.
Music: Giacomo Puccini, Tosca, Act II & III (1965, directed by Georges Prêtre)
Singers: Maria Callas (Tosca), Carlo Bergonzi (Carvadossi), Tito Gobbi (Sciarpa)
Choreography, Set, Lighting: Emanuel Gat
Technical Director: Guillaume Février
Sound : Frédéric Duru
Created with and performed by: Eglantine Bart, Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Gilad Jerusalmy, Péter Juhász, Michael Loehr, Emma Mouton, Eddie Oroyan, Rindra Rasoaveloson, Ichiro Sugae, Sara Wilhelmsson
Company Management: Marjorie Carré
Production Management, Touring: Antonia Auday
A production by Emanuel Gat Dance, co-produced by Arsenal - Cité Musicale, Metz, Bolzano Danza 2022. Emanuel Gat Dance is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication - DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Region South - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and by Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône. Creation residencies at L'Arsenal - Cité Musicale, Metz, January and October 2021 and at Agora-Cité Internationale de la Danse, Montpellier, September 2021.