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Daddy, I've seen this piece six times before and I still don't know why they're hurting eachother
DADDY, I'VE SEEN THIS PIECE SIX TIMES AND I STILL DON'T KNOW WHY THEY'RE HURTING EACHOTHER / First produced 1998
Choreography Robyn Orlin
“Daddy…”, a piece for six dancers created in Johannesburg in 1998, is the work that propelled Robyn Orlin into the spotlight on the European stage. Since it was first performed at La Filature in Mulhouse in April 2000 and at the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris in 2001, the work has toured continuously the world over. Commissioned by FNB Vita Dance Umbrella, “Daddy…” won third prize in the African and Indian Ocean Choreographic Encounters of 1999, the Jan Fabre prize for the most subversive work at the Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in 2000, and, in London, the Laurence Olivier Award for the most outstanding achievement in dance in 2003.
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“A ring is set up on the stage where audience and performers gather together […] The stage, for once, is not sacrosanct: the audience share the performance space and wander about as freely as they feel able […] “Daddy”… finds five performers on stage waiting for their choreographer, who will never arrive. The show links a group of playlets, which, under the very funny leadership of Gerard Bester, as the manager panicking at the idea of needing to fill in, follow in a chain of delicious fiascos. “Sorry, we’re a very young democracy” he offers by way of excuse. Each flop is the chance for a new hand to be dealt, the restructuring of a set of possibilities.”
Annie Suquet, La Croix, April, 17th 2001
“Robyn Orlin very intelligently chooses the symbol of ballet, spearhead of white culture in the face of ‘savage’ dances (the artist grew up on a diet of arabesques before leaving for London, then Chicago, to study contemporary dance), to denounce everything that makes her skin crawl. For instance, there is the legendary scene during which the superb Nelisiwe Xaba, in a white tutu, sprinkles flour over the floor with the aid of a large sieve, drawing frost flowers of a sort, then entirely covers every inch of her black body. This is Swan Lake - the Orlin version: white swan and black swan united in the same woman. The staging, lighting, everything contributes to this symbolic “cannibalistic” magic. Excess, daring to play on the clichés of inconsistency, Robin Orlin uses every means to avoid the feel-good factor of that which it is all too easy to call Post-Apartheid […] All is movement, turmoil. It is totally visual, too. The red of piles of plates, lined up patiently on the floor before being sent flying by an unconcerned kick. The white of flour, sieved like in the village. The yellow of the electric ducks which ape the swans of classical ballet. Leopard-print fabric with lions’ faces. Poppy-patterned slips. Good taste, bad taste? That is not the issue. Everything that creates or destroys has its part to play in life. There are stories that are always worth remembering: Senegal, slavery. And that little added extra, adapted to the French situation and so well put over, on the ironic fate of the “sans papiers” (undocumented immigrants). But note, there is no moral, no lesson […] We still laugh just as much, but we understand better where Robyn Orlin wants to take us: into a world of authentic fraternity. Please my Darling, tell me you like me too, as the final song so eloquently puts it.
Dominique Frétard, Le Monde, April, 14th 2001
Chorégraphie, scénographie, costumes et décor Robyn Orlin
Extrait de "Points de vue d'Afrique"
Réalisation Marie-Hélène Rebois date du document vidéo 1999 production Les Films Pénélope, ARTE France
Durée 100 minutes
Updating : January 2011
Robyn Orlin was born in 1955 in Johannesburg and obtained bursaries to study in London (London Contemporary Dance School) and then in Chicago (School of Art Institute).
Since her first performance in Johannesburg in 1980, she has attempted to redefine choreography and the art of theatre in her country and has become one of the most committed anti-apartheid choreographers. She starts from the principle that “dance is political”, and in her pieces she examines the social and cultural situation in South Africa: its influences, its history, its rifts and its disintegration. The choreography then creates “an iconoclastic dance which puts its foot in it”, a dance-chronicle of today’s South African society, skilfully handling irony and derision; a dance that shamelessly stirs up references and identities, blending traditional popular culture with the radical avant-garde, a dance that is capable of breaking down the artist-audience barrier by putting the audience at the centre of the event.
Robyn Orlin came to France for the first time in April 2000 at the invitation of La Filature Scène Nationale, Mulhouse, with “Daddy, I’ve seen this piece six times before...”
She achieved immediate recognition: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Montpellier Dance Festival, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, followed by tours all over the world.
In 2004, Robyn Orlin took part in the inauguration of the Centre National de la Danse, Pantin and composed a solo for Sophiatou Kossoko as part of “Vif du Sujet”.
In 2005 she created “When I take off my skin and touch the sky with my nose, only then I can see little voices amuse themselves...”, a piece with 6 singers from the South African Opera, then, during the summer, “Hey dude... i have talent... i'm just waiting for god...,” a solo for the dancer-choreographer Vera Mantero.
From September 2005 Robyn Orlin was in residency for two years at the Centre National de la Danse, Pantin. In April 2007 her “L’Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato” was premièred at the Paris National Opera.
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|Dressed to kill… killed to dress…
|Porgy and Bess||2008
|L’Allegro, il pensero ed il moderato||2007
|Confit de canard||2007
|When I take off my skin and touch the sky with my nose, only then can I see little voices amuse themselves
Digital resource - Médiathèque du Centre national de la danse
Last update : November 2010
Marie-Hélène Rebois dedicated her work as a film-maker to contemporary artistic creation.
She has directed portraits of artists and documentaries devoted to movement, the body, body memory…
From dance to the wonderful alchemy of the human body, to the creative gesture.
While she was studying (preparatory studies, Master’s Degree in Literature, History of Art and Philosophy) and training in theatre with the director Jean Marie Villégier and at the Nancy Festival in her home town, Marie-Hélène Rebois produced her first short
She developed her favourite themes over the course of twenty or so films, always at the crossroads of social issues and artistic creativity: family sagas, interior journeys, religion, writing, music, painting, opera and dance.
She collaborated on the teaching work of FEMIS’s production department from 1992 to 1997.
In 1999 she won the Full-Length Documentary Film Prize at the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival for “ Histoire d'une Transmission, So Schnell à l’Opéra”, fimed at the Paris Opéra.
In the same year, she was awarded the Beaumarchais medal by SACD for her overall work on contemporary artistic creation.
She made a film with the Montpellier International Dance Festival on the festival’s history (“Montpellier Danse 1980-2000”) and produced a special evening for ARTE (“Montpellier Danse 2000, Points de Vue d'Afrique”). This programme won an honourable mention in the 11th International Video Dance Grand Prix.
In 2003 her film “Ribatz, Ribatz ! ou le grain du temps” won the French Competition Prize at the Marseilles International Documentary Festival “FID/ Vu sur les Docs”. For the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, La Villette she has also directed a film on the analysis of the body in dance movements: “Le geste créateur”, and a short film for SACD on an acrobatic circus act with lifts, “Rondeau pour un fardeau”, as well as portraits of the pianist Vanessa Wagner and the choreographer Jean-Claude Gallotta.
“Dialogue avec les fauves”, broadcast by ARTE in 2OO7, shows how far humans are able communicate with wild animals.
“Noces d’Or, la mort du chorégraphe”, broadcast on France 2 in 2007, is the final part of the trilogy that M.H. Rebois conceived and began following the death of French choreographer Dominique Bagouet (the first two parts are: “Histoire d’une transmission, So Schnell à l’Opéra” and “Ribatz, Ribatz! ou le grain du temps”)… These 3 films will soon be issued together as a DVD boxed set. In 2009 she directed a film about Maguy Marin entitled “Maguy Marin, la danse cachée”, broadcast on ARTE in early 2009.
Updating: January 2011