L’AMOUR SORCIER (Artwork april 9, 2019)

Inventive musical and choreographic variations based on the work of Manuel De Falla and Gregorio Martinez Sierra
Compositions and arrangements by Jean-Marie Machado for the Danzas Orchestra
Choreography by Aïcha M’Barek and Hafiz Dhaou, Chatha Company

©Bertrand Pichène

Famous ballet-pantomime, L’Amour Sorcier, composed in 1915 on the libretto by Georgio Martinez Sierra, is the story of a gypsy girl chased by a ghost. It is his former lover and fiancé who comes to disturb his love with his new lover. Spell shooter practicing white magic and black magic, at the twelve strokes of midnight, Candela dances around the fire to chase away the ghost. But nothing works. She then imagines another stratagem and asks her friend Lucia to seduce the ghost. While this one has the attention diverted by the young beauty, Candela can finally indulge in his new love.
The dance, the notion of ritual, and singing are perfect elements to combine choreography and music. For this new creation, the pianist and composer Jean-Marie Machado turned to the dance company Chatha to work on Manuel De Falla’s work. Music and dance are brought together to form an original creation rendering tribute to the the Spanish composer who died more than 70 years ago.


Danzas Orchestra
Jean-Marie Machado (piano), Cécile Grenier et Séverine Morfin (viola), Guillaume Martigné (cello), François Thuillier (tuba), Didier Ithursarry (accordion), Jean-Charles Richard (saxophones), Elodie Pasquier (clarinets), Stéphane Guillaume (flutes), Stracho Temelkovski (drums), Karine Serafin (voice)

Chatha Company
Stéphanie Pignon, Gregory Alliot, Phanuel Erdmann, Johanna Mandonnet, Fabio Dolce, NC (performers)

Scenography/lights Xavier Lazarini
Sound system Gérard de Haro
Costumes Aïcha M’Barek

Cantabile / Compagnie Chatha
Centre des Bords de Marne du Perreux-sur-Marne, La Briqueterie/Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne, L’Arsenal de Metz, La Scène nationale de Mâcon, Théâtre des 4 saisons à Gradignan

MAJAKKA PROJECT (Artwork may, 2019)


Majakka… “The lighthouse” in Finnish

It was during a tour in the Baltic countries that Jean-Marie Machado discovered this word and its beautiful sound. The “j” is pronounced “ya” and you have to leave a very small space before the double “k” which gives it a very singing form.

This new project evolves around melodies invented during his career as a composer, they are like lighthouses that guide and illuminate his journey until today.

These songs speak about the different stages of his musical journey, about poetic reveries. They are revealled and shared emotions.

The musicians gathered around Jean-Marie Machado represent these different moments :

Vincent Ségal, met at the very beginning of the road with Naná Vasconcelos

Keyvan Chemirani, with whom he has shared the stage many times in very different contexts

Jean-Charles Richard, with him for ten years in the Danzas Orchestra

A crossed music, with Latin colors that are defended by master musicians opened to the world and its plural music.


Jean-Marie Machado – piano, compositions
Vincent Ségal – cello
Keyvan Chemirani – drums
Jean-Charles Richard – saxophones

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