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IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. Cherbourg: a dazzling dance gala that takes you back in time

Presented on the weekend of June 11 and 12, the gala of the dance school Temps que la danse won over nearly 1,000 spectators at the Italian theatre. (©DR Alain de Saint-Jores)

Corinne Legangneux, teacher at the “Times that Dance” school, in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (Manche)after two long years without performances, was very moved to deliver her end of season show at the Italian theater on the weekend of June 11 and 12.

Landing imminent…

The first part of the show was performed with talent by the young circus artists from Sol'Air.
The first part of the show was performed with talent by the young circus artists from Sol’Air. (©DR Alain de Saint-Jores)

A real show with a first part animated by theSol’Air circus school giving us a contortion number by Aelys, then a acrobatics act performed by the circus artists Zorha, Lilou, Jade, Ozvan and Fanny. Mouth-watering…

A great opening performance by the students of the Sol'Air circus school.
A great opening performance by the students of the Sol’Air circus school. (©La Presse de la Manche/Aurélie ROUMY)

“Imminent landing on Cherbourg-en-Cotentin…” This sentence sets the tone for the performance. Celine comes from the future and announces each dance chart, with humorous interactions with the publicteleporting us to different times.

The hair-raising Céline presented the show with talent and humour!
The hair-raising Céline presented the show with talent and humour! (©DR Alain de Saint-Jores)

We were thus able to attend the Candy of the dancers 4 to 5 years old on the song When i’m sixty-four by the Beatles, their throwing of candy at the end of their dance and their haughty bow of absolute cuteness, followed by the moving performance of adult beginners on Easy on me by Adèle.

The adorable candies opened the show!
The adorable candies opened the show! (©DR Alain de Saint-Jores)

The Retro-Show then immersed us in the musical universe of Danny Elfman and his famous Introduction that we hear in the film Edward Scissorhands for the painting of the snow queen interpreted by 5/7 year olds, finishing in power on the title Let It Go, the English version of Libérée Délivrée.

Little Snow Queens who didn't freeze the atmosphere, far from it...
Little Snow Queens who didn’t freeze the atmosphere, far from it… (©La Presse de la Manche/Aurélie ROUMY)

It must be recognized that the musical choices were not at all what the public expected, creating thewonder and the surpriseand leaving the magic of generational teleportation operate brilliantly since it is the sensual and graceful Sexy Dance over 16s and the joie de vivre of Josephine Baker performed by 7/9 year olds on the famous Rhythm Jungle from The Jungle Book who transported us.

The little ones paid a nice tribute to Josephine Baker.
The little ones paid a nice tribute to Josephine Baker. (©DR Alain de Saint-Jores)

The stage of the theater was then adorned with red lights to make way for the caliente Moulin Rouge, completely captivating, followed by the melody of The Typewriter for the sublime painting of the Typists of 9/11 years.

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The little typists got into the difficult exercise of dancing with chairs.
The little typists got into the difficult exercise of dancing with chairs. (©La Presse de la Manche/Aurélie ROUMY)

The Louvre was also invited to the Théâtre à l’Italienne, letting the dancers challenge, with rhythm, Belphegor on a mix of Clint Mansell.

Intriguing visit to the Louvre...
Intriguing visit to the Louvre… (©La Presse de la Manche/Aurélie ROUMY)

The 9/11 year olds made us want the beach and sunbathing with Les Marinettes to the soothing tune of Shellfish and Crustaceans then on the medley of Andrews Sisters time for a most refreshing boogie-woogie.

The bubbly Marinettes performed a sweet Madrague and a catchy boogie-woogie.
The bubbly Marinettes performed a sweet Madrague and a catchy boogie-woogie. (©La Presse de la Manche/Aurélie ROUMY)

There could be no teleportation through the ages without Edith Piaf. All dressed in black, the dancers moved us to her unique voice.

A beautiful tribute to the kid Piaf.
A beautiful tribute to the kid Piaf. (©La Presse de la Manche/Aurélie ROUMY)

Temps que la Danse then brought us back to La Plage for idleness with the 11/14 year olds on the song At Last by Etta James, and fun with the famous Itsi bitsi small bikini to finally arrive at the Moulin Rouge with the adult dancers, sublimating La lamente de la Butte.

Each painting is illustrated with photos well related to the theme.  Do you recognize these pretty cabins, which illustrated Dalida's Isty Bisti Petit Bikini?
Each painting is illustrated with photos well related to the theme. Do you recognize these pretty cabins, which illustrated Dalida’s “Itsi bitsi petit bikini”? (©La Presse de la Manche/Aurélie ROUMY)

The Retro-Show’s teleportation also landed us in India to a folk and modern dance. And to close this journey through the time of dance, it’s a magnificent painting straight from Africa, The Lion Kingwhich was given to us.

A change of scenery with The Lion King.
A change of scenery with The Lion King. (©La Presse de la Manche/Aurélie ROUMY)

All these paintings made us travel, go from emotion to emotion, between wonder, nostalgia, bewitchment, admiration, with outfits all more beautiful than the other.

The Theater was packed to capacity with an audience that could only see the strong ties that unite the troupe of Temps que la Danse by Corinne, who received a wide ovation and applauded during the finale on Flashback in a very festive moment when everyone was gathered on the theater stage.

A great troupe gathered for a disco finale shared with the public.
A great troupe gathered for a disco finale shared with the public. (©La Presse de la Manche/Aurélie ROUMY)

The pupils, volunteer parents, theater technicians, the town hall of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, the members of the dance school office and Corinne were warmly thanked for their involvement.

From our correspondent Aurélie ROUMY

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