At the peak of dance

Defying gravity, French artist Yoann Bourgeois performed a piece titled Fugue/Trampoline as part of the European Capital of Culture 2016 programme, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, on Sunday.

Closely following a model of musical compositions known as fugues, his short, breathtaking pieces of choreography are based on a musical score and involve an object - a trampoline, ball, table or slope.

All of these pieces are striving for the same thing - suspension, that moment in the present when the body reaches its peak and the fall has yet to begin.

The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises cultural events with a strong European dimension.

The programme aims to promote stronger ties with the rest of Europe and foster innovation in the cultural sector.

This year's project hopes to have a special impact in the areas that inspire knowledge and use of technology, among other things.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2016, with the headline 'At the peak of dance'. Print Edition | Subscribe