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EDEN / First produced 1992
Choreography Maguy Marin
Dance performance Compagnie Maguy Marin
Inspired by the Bible, this duet from the piece “Eden” conjures up Adam and Eve at the dawn of humanity. In a mineral desert landscape two bodies, as if naked, advance onto the stage holding tightly onto one another. A man and a woman, whose bodies attract and attach themselves to each other. Her: a curling, entwining vine. Him: always holding her, holding her back, holding her up. A series of coverings, unfurlings and surrender to the gravity which makes this duet a truly physical performance.
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Chorégraphie Maguy Marin inteprétation Compagnie Maguy Marin
Réalisation vidéo Charles Picq date du document vidéo 1992 production Maison de la Danse
Durée de l'œuvre 13 min
Updating : January 2011
Not just a place to be born, this town. Toulouse. A place to settle, reached after a series of moves provoked by political unrest in Spain. So it was there that she grew up, in France, at the start of the fifties. A dancer’s dream has to be born somewhere – a desire which grew as her studies progressed: at the conservatoire in Toulouse, then at the Strasbourg Ballet and at Mudra (Brussels). A momentum already marked by encounters: the student actors of the Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Maurice Béjart, Alfons Goris and Fernand Schirren ... a future which took shape with a theatrical research group (Chandra) then Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the Twentieth Century. New encounters, other obvious directions. Her creative work began alongside Daniel Ambash, and the Nyon and Bagnolet competitions (1978) gave a further impetus.
A team formed (there was Christiane Glik, Luna Boomfield, Mychel Lecoq...).
So, now to bring this artistic research alive. To carry this need to create through into an essential work. A work nourished by an unquenchable astonishment at how the world is made. A world that we arrange and which makes us up. In research or composition, this shock is ever present, but continually shaped over the course of encounters.
1981 - a formative encounter with the work of Samuel Beckett: being there, without having chosen to be, between that moment when one is born and when one dies. That time which we fill up with futile things to which we ascribe such importance. A distressing absurdity – (“May B”). That time which obliges us to reach a kind of understanding with numerous others, while we wait to die – (“Babel Babel” and “Eden”).
Research always approached as teamwork. With a company, a troupe reinforced by Cathy Polo, Françoise Leick, Ulises Alvarez and many others besides
1987 – a new encounter: this time with Denis Mariotte. A collaboration begins. Decisive, it goes beyond the music. Points of view begin to diverge. A distancing space opens up (“Cortex”) and spreads in a number of directions (“Waterzooï”, “Ram Dam”, “Pour ainsi dire” and “Quoi qu'il en soit”). No more illusions, but living beings, just as they are. Lively music and living together which is no longer an expression of Me, but of “Us, here, now”.
A meeting of presences which act in a common space (“Points de Fuite”, "Les Applaudissements ne se mangent pas”). There, on stage, we are components in a social space. We are also the expression of others’ space. We – collectively – each take our place. In a “how to live together” that is a never-ending experiment. So, one acts in spite of everything. Ceaselessly experimenting with our possibilities – great or small – (“Umwelt”) so as not to lose sight of the fact that escape from reality is nothing more than a laughable restlessness (“Ha! Ha!”). And in all this orderly or disorderly turmoil, rhythms coexist and create the movement, the life (“Turba”). So, a tireless searching – in this place where past experiences, present life and the yet to come interweave – for the necessary distance to take an impartial look at what is at stake (“Description d’un Combat”).
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Updating : January 2011
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d’art Contemporain (eLaC) and with the group «Frigo», and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with «Le Crawl de Lucien» and co-directing with his films «Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux» and «10 anges». in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives.
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of «Le tour du monde en 80 danses», a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
More recently, he launched the series “scènes d’écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library’s digital conversion and created the website numeridanse.tv, an international video library for dance online.
His main documentaries are: «enchaînement», «Planète Bagouet», «Montpellier le saut de l’ange», «Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces», «grand ecart», «Mama africa», «C’est pas facile», «Lyon, le pas de deux d’une ville», «Le Défilé», «un rêve de cirque».
He has also produced theatre films: «song», «Vu d’ici» (Carolyn Carlson),»Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux», «10 anges», «necesito» and «so schnell», (Dominique Bagouet), «im bade wannen»,»Flut» and «Wandelung» (susanne Linke), «Le Cabaret Latin» (Karine saporta), «La danse du temps»(régine Chopinot), «nuit Blanche»(abou Lagraa), «Le Témoin» (Claude Brumachon), «Corps est graphique» (Käfig), «seule» et «WMD» (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), « La Veillée des abysses» (James Thiérrée), «agwa» (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (antonio gades), Blue Lady revisted (Carolyn Carlson).
Sources : Maison de la Danse
Updating : January 2011