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International Competition for the Creation of Art
at the station M2 'Riponne - Maurice Béjart'

- several layers of 7 cm. wood
- spray lacquered with oil base colors
- coated with transparent Ciba® XYMARA™ Effect Pigments

Concept Maurice Bejart:
By D.M.Giollo

" I like the station La Riponne as it is, with these clean gray walls, the greens and the blues bringing in the light from the 2 side entrances.
I love clean empty spaces, when I saw it for the first time I almost like it as it is.

Beside being a great artist, I am impressed by Maurice piercing blue eyes that is why I included them on the Nord wall, looking to the dancer at the Sud wall.

The dancer is the empty space in the work.
It symbolize the emptiness a dancer feels when he is total in his dance.
When the dancer is total the dancer disappear and only the dance remains, and these are the gloss bright colors around the shape
It is an experience that Nijinski, Nureyev and others often describe when they dance totally.

The colors from red to yellow for me it symbolizes the color of life.
The red is also the dancer costume of the Fire Bird dance or the Bolero dance stage.
Blue an lillas like the reflection of the roof outside the metro station
greens and blue to connect with the same colors of the 2 colored wall in the space.

On the Nord wall, I included the existing gray color of the wall to play with the eyes of Maurice.
I kept everything very simple whit clean straight lines and colors to symbolize the simple and clean way Maurice was designing his stages, costumes and choreography."

- D. M. Giollo


Few exerts from Osho about Nijinski

"Your body, your mind, your soul all fall into a harmony in dancing. Dancing is one of the most spiritual things there is. If you really dance, you cannot think. If you really dance, the body is used so deeply that the whole energy becomes fluid. A dancer loses shape, fixity. A dancer becomes a movement, a process. A dancer is not an entity: he's movement, he's energy. He melts. Great dancers, by and by, melt. And a dancer cannot retain his ego because if he retains the ego, that will be a jarring note in his dance. A real dancer loses his ego in it. He forgets that he is. The dancer is lost; only the dance remains. Then the door opens because you are one unity. Now the soul is not separate, the mind is not separate, the body is not separate. All have fallen in one line. All have become one, melting into each other, merging into each other.

It is said about Nijinsky, one of the greatest dancers in the world, that there were moments when he would take jumps, and he would come back so slowly that it was almost impossible. He would fall back featherlike, as if gravitation had lost its power over him. Scientists were worried: "This should not happen, it cannot happen" -- but it was happening. No other dancer has been capable in that way.

And of course, Nijinsky went mad; he became a Baul. His is one of the madnesses which has not yet been understood. And because he was in the West, it was impossible to comprehend what had happened to him. He was confined to a psychiatric hospital, forced, given electric shocks, insulin shots. Had he been in the East he would have become one of the greatest Bauls. His madness was nothing to be treated, it was something to be revered. But how did he become mad? He became mad through his dancing. When he was asked what happens to him, he said, "It happens only when I am lost, so I cannot say anything about it. If I am, then it never happens. I have tried it. If I am there, deliberately trying it, consciously trying, it never happens. But there are moments when I am lost. Then simply, I don't know who jumps -- and then it happens. I am also surprised. I have no explanation for it, but it happens only when I am lost."

That is what Bauls say: when you dance and you become a whirlwind and, by and by, you are completely lost in your dancing, it happens. Something breaks down inside you. The barriers are lost. You become one unity. A great orgasm spreads all over your being. You are in tune with existence in those moments. These moments are the SATORIS of Zen, but Bauls have a better way to attain them. Zen has to be worked on for twelve, fifteen, twenty, thirty years. It is a very slow process. It is the path of meditation.

Bauls can attain to it more easily. Just the day you decide that, "I am ready to drop my ego," you become available to God and God becomes available to you. The essential man suddenly arises over the non-essential; there is a mutation. And this is the moment when you are full of love, when you are love, when your energy is love. This is the moment when you can bless the whole existence. When there is no conflict within you, there cannot be any conflict between you and the existence. That is the secret: drop all conflict within you, and your conflict with the existence is also dropped simultaneously. Become one within you and you have become one with the existence.

By Osho


" … Nijinski used to say that: "As long as I am dancing conscious that 'I' am dancing, my dance is ordinary but when the Void within me takes hold of me my dance becomes extraordinary." One day on returning home his wife told him. "Your dance today was so extraordinary, that my heart cried to think that you were the only unlucky one who could not see it." Nijinski said, "You are wrong. I too saw." "How can I believe that?" His wife questioned. He replied, "As long as it is I who dance, I cannot see myself but when the Void within me takes over the dance, I stand aside and watch like a spectator."

Nijinski was the only dancer who was not affected by gravitation -- so it is said. Many a time during the dance, he would jump in the air and then he came down ever so slowly like a feather from a bird's wing. He never fell with a thud like a human being should but came down as a leaf falls from a tree.

It was a wonder feat that left the spectators astounded. It seemed an impossible feat -- unbelievable! People questioned him how he managed it for gravitation must work on the human body. No matter to whom the body belongs, the earth pulls it down. Nijinski would say, "As long as 'I am' gravitation works but when the Void takes over. I am not conscious of anything. Then I fall to the ground as if I am weightless."

Within there is the Void. Whenever a great dance exposition has taken place, it has arisen out of this Void, whenever a great poem has been created, it has arisen from this Emptiness, whenever a great insight has been attained it is through this very Emptiness. Science is born from here, so is religion and art.
Lao Tzu says, "The emptiness is the perfect, indivisible energy."

By Osho


project: Métro de la Riponne in Lausanne
concept: Hommage à Maurice Béjart
organised: City of Lausanne
art: D.M.Giollo


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