Rock & Goal [teaser]

Creation date : 2016

Lizzie likes baseball and David likes kung fu. Elliott prefers gymnastics and Serena tennis… Together they play Rock & Goal !


Rock & Goal

Lizzie likes baseball and David likes kung fu. Elliott prefers gymnastics and Serena tennis…

Together they play Rock & Goal ! 

Because efficiency and precision are important in this discipline, a single gesture is all a dancer needs to depict a particular sport. In addition, the Olympian list of practices that the virtuosos of Rock & Goal zoom through seem like just one more sport, which the children (and their parents) will participate in for sure…

Michel Kelemenis draws the characters of his new fable with imaginative fantasy while keeping in mind that he was a gymnast before encountering dance and excelling in it. He plays with this anecdote to map out broader horizons going from the sporting gesture to the danced gesture, a necessarily poetic journey that progressively frees itself of all references in order to take off and fly freely.


A transformation occurs between the positive values of sport and the equally fulfilling values of art. Even while expending effort, or experiencing doubts and failure, a cheerful breath of air fills the room to, possibly, ward off the woes of the world during the necessarily loving encounter with 4 luminous performers. Lighthearted and carefree, the path of this ode to freedom is set against a background of popular music that exalts the danced gesture, raising it like a trophy towards the sky! 

Kelemenis, Michel

French dancer and choreographer born in Toulouse in 1960.

After training as a gymnast, Michel Kelemenis begins dancing in Marseille at the age of 17. In 1983, he performs in the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier with Dominique Bagouet and choreographs his first works, among which Aventure coloniale with Angelin Preljocaj in 1984. He was awarded the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs prize in 1987, and founded Kelemenis & cie (Association Plaisir d’Offrir) in the same year. In 1991, he received the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship and Japan’s Uchida Shogakukin fund. His numerous works (more than 60, of which 40 for his company) are performed throughout the world.

In love with movement and dancers, with those exceptional moments when gesture topples a role, Michel Kelemenis structures his works around the search for a balance between abstraction and figuration.

For his personal style, which combines finesse and athletic performance, the choreographer is invited to work with the ballets of the Paris Opera, the Rhin Opera, the Opera du Nord, the Geneva Opera and the Ballet National de Marseille.

In 2000, he directed the lyric and choreographic drama, L’Atlantide, by Henri Tomasi for the Marseille Opera. He has since collaborated with the Festival d’Art Lyrique of Aix-en-Provence: in 2003, he put to movement 4 animalacrobats in Stravinsky’s Renard, directed by Klaus-Michaël Grüber and conducted by Pierre Boulez; in 2004, he assisted Luc Bondy for the chorus movements in Handel’s Hercules, conducted by William Christie.

Since 2008, he starts a reflexiona bout narration concept, with an approach of creation for young audience.

Through Franch Institute, he participates regularly with French cultural services abroad in Krakow, Kyoto, Johannesburg and Los Angeles, in India, Korea and China. These trips engender training projects, new productions and bilateral exchanges with foreign companies and artists employing various modes of expression.

Numerous programs are organized in higher education and professional training institutions (Coline, Ecole Nationale de Danse de Marseille, and especially with the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon).

The 10th of december 2007, after 10 years of activity at the Studio/Kelemenis, the Conseil Municipal of Marseille votes in favor of the project Centre de danse en résidence conceived and initiated by the choreographer. Intituled KLAP Maison pour la danse, Construction begins in February 2010 with a completion date planned for spring of the following year.

Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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Found of movement and dancers, of those exceptional moments where the gesture and the role collide, Michel Kelemenis bases his creations on the search for a balance between the abstract and the figurative. The choreographer is in demand with the ballets de l’Opéra de Paris, de l’Opéra du Rhin, the Ballet du Nord, the Ballet de Genève and de Marseilles for his style, which combines finesse and performance. On his initiative, KLAP Maison pour la danse, a 2000 m2 facility dedicated to creation and the choreographic culture, was opened in Marseilles in 2011.

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