I Could Never Be A Dancer : original performance for Pablo Picasso - Birth of a Genius


Throughout his artistic career, Picasso experimented with diverse forms of expression. As a young artist, he discovered the world of the performing arts, and was particularly fascinated by circus and dance. He began collaborating with Serge Diaghilev in the 1910s, and designed the sets and costumes for several productions by the Ballets Russes, including Le Tricorne (1919), which is richly documented in the exhibition.

The dynamics of movement are featured in much of Picasso’s work as a painter, draftsman, and engraver, ranging from acrobats and the figure of Harlequin to cabaret dancers, from bacchanal scenes to traditional Spanish dance.

This performance has been created exclusively for the exhibition Picasso – Birth of A Genius, running at UCCA from June 15 to September 1, 2019. Artistic duo I Could Never Be A Dancer pays tribute to Picasso’s Mediterranean roots and the choreographic forms that inspired the artist. As they come into contact with different styles of performance (circus, urban dance, flamenco), audience members will have the opportunity to experience a Cubist deformation of bodily perception.

This performance is part of the cultural events offered by Doors to complete the exhibition Picasso - Birth of a Genius with lectures, talks and film screenings.

About I Could Never Be A Dancer

I Could Never Be A Dancer is an international duo that applies their pop, conceptual, and modern vision to multiple projects. Working as choreographers, film directors, and artistic directors, Carine Charaire and Olivier Casamayou break the boundaries of dance within the fashion, contemporary art, and music worlds. Collaborating with institutions like the Pompidou Centre and the Comédie-Française, high-end brand-names like Chanel, Cartier, Hermès, Lacoste, Chloé, and Kenzo, and pop artists like Chaka Khan, Kylie Minogue, Metronomy, Willy Moon, Mika, and the Pet Shop Boys, they love participating in the creation of pop culture, as well as questioning cultural codes in order to say something relevant about our time.

More information on the Picasso - Birth of a Genius exhibition