Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Shraiber

7 – 14 Jan 2023


Invited for the first time to create a piece for the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, choreographers Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber first stopped at the Orsolina Art Foundation28 in Italy. In this rehearsal studio, they let the ideas, images and sensations inspired by Sibelius' haunting music come to them. They drew on their own experience, delving into the darker side to bring out the light, gathering material for the work with the Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra.

With a modern and figurative stage set, intertwining Sibelius' Violin Concerto with a musical creation by Celeste Oram, Pit takes the audience into a sensual, tribal and dramatic universe.

Bobby Jene Smith and Or Shraiber

Both trained at the Batsheva Dance Company under Ohad Naharin, Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber present Pit, their first creation for the Paris Opera Ballet. Born in Iowa, Bobbi Jene Smith joined Batsheva in 2005. In 2014, she embarked on a career as a choreographer, creating works for the Martha Graham Dance Company, the L.A. Dance Project and the Royal Danish Ballet. Born in Israel, Or Schraiber joined Naharin’s Company in 2010. He has directed, choreographed and acted in several short films. Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber share a strong attraction to the world of cinema, and they starred and danced in Aviva in 2020.

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