Emanuel Gat Dance

World premiere: 3 October 2020, Montpellier Danse

Captivating and sensuous, full of both powerful imagery and contemplation – Emanuel Gat’s “LOVETRAIN2020” celebrates movement, the body and life in an iridescent space of possibilities with a company of 14dancers and the world-famous hits of Tears for Fears.

Dancers in straight, colourful costumes move in a group choreography.

LOVETRAIN2020. Trailer

  • 75 min, no interval

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Playlist for LOVETRAIN2020
The songs of Tears for Fears are available as a  Playlist on Spotify.

A celebration of dance with the atmosphere of a concert, an expressive expedition into all facets of existence, a choreographic ode to the sound and the atmosphere of the 1980s – “LOVETRAIN2020” is all of this, a contemporary “musical” for 14 dancers set to the songs of the British duo Tears for Fears. Premiered in October 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, this piece shows not only the power of bodies and of community but also traces an arc to musical history: Tears for Fears began a worldwide boom of British pop music that resonates throughout “LOVETRAIN2020”.

Choreographer Emanuel Gat leaves plenty of room for this unmistakable music and yet he and the dancers in his company manage to find many different ways to explore the duo’s rhythms and texts. Captivating group choreographies merge smoothly into expressive solos and duets; the dancers continually encounter and repel each other, giving themselves to the music or challenging it. Their extraordinary vocabulary of movement not only opens up new references to world-famous hits like “Shout” or “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, but also creates breathtaking, multi-layered images. In the interplay of light and shadow, developed by Emanuel Gat, and Thomas Bradley’s colourful and imaginative costumes, the protagonists surrender themselves to each other and yet keep searching, finding freedom in movement and energy in the silence, pausing and breaking out into a whirlwind of colours and shapes. Let it all out!


Emanuel Gat Choreography, Lighting
Thomas Bradley Costume Design
Thomas Bradley, Wim Muyllaert Costume Construction
Tears for Fears Music
Emanuel Gat Dance: Mélanie Bichot, Marjorie Carré Production
Guillaume Février Technical Direction, Lighting Engineering
Frédéric Duru Sound Engineering
Marie-Pierre Callies Wardrobe

Created with and performed by
Eglantine Bart, Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Gilad Jerusalmy, Péter Juhász, Michael Loehr, Emma Mouton, Eddie Oroyan, Rindra Rasoaveloson, Ichiro Sugae, Karolina Szymura, Sara Wilhelmsson, Jin Young Won

An Emanuel Gat Dance production in co-production with Montpellier Danse 2020, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, l’Arsenal – Cité musicale-Metz, Theater Freiburg, with the support of Romaeuropa Festival. Emanuel Gat Dance acknowledges the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication – Drac Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Région Sud – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône. “LOVETRAIN2020” receives the support of Institut Français for its international tours. Created at Agora cité internationale de la danse in Montpellier.