Paris (AFP) – How do you create dance in the age of coronavirus, when dancers are not supposed to touch each other and stay one or two metres apart?
All across the world choreographers are grappling with the challenge of coming up with safe, socially distanced pieces that still set the heart aflutter.
It may be completely counter-intuitive, but the very rigidity of the restrictions has been liberating for some — allowing them to play on the new taboos and the dramatic tension around personal space the virus has brought with it.
“It unleashed spontaneity!” declared the great German choreographer John Neumeier, the artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet.
“In ballet, we are so used to being free in the way we touch,” he told AFP.
“Sometimes we take this for granted, because we touch everybody almost everywhere in doing pas de deux, in doing a lift. And now we