Laisser frémir

Creation date : 2002

recorded at the CND 31 May 2002


Laisser frémir

“Laisser Frémir” is a first four-way encounter, an improvisation session cooked up by artists who have much in common. Four exceptional personalities find themselves in a quartet that is equally-paired in two senses (two women, men, two dancers, two musicians):

Elsa Wolliastion, major figure in contemporary African choreography, Loïc Touzé, choreographer and dancer, Pascal Contet, leading light in the field of contemporary accordion and Joëlle Léandre, virtuoso and quirky double bassist.
For the pleasure of working together and experimenting…


performers Elsa Wolliaston, Loïc Touzé, Joëlle Léandre, Pascal Contet
a film by Centre national de la danse

running time 67 minutes

Further information

Digital resources by the Médiathèque du Centre national de la danse

Loïc Touzé

Elsa Wolliaston

Last update : March 2010

Wolliaston, Elsa

Elsa Wolliaston moved to Paris in 1969 and worked with Jerome Andrews and Lilian Arlen. She continued her training during a stay in Africa, and researched ancestral rites. From 1970 onwards, she performed in various African countries and Niger in particular, where she danced “La Fleuve” in 1974. In Paris in 1975, she founded the company Ma Danse Rituel Théâtre with Yano Hideyuki. They choreographed and performed numerous pieces together. She has also composed music and dance duets with the saxophonist Steve Lacy. She choreographs regularly for the theatre and opera, trains actors in movement at the Theaterhaus Interkurst and Theatertreffin in Berlin, and teaches African-inspired contemporary dance throughout the world.

Further information

Digital resource - Médiathèque du Centre national de la danse
Elsa Wolliaston

Last update : November 2010

Léandre, Joëlle

Double bass player of contemporary music, an improviser and composer, Joelle Léandre has worked notably with Merce Cunningham, John Cage and with many of the great names of jazz and improvisation.

Joelle Léandre and Cécile Loyer danced together for the first time in 2008 in the piece “Sho-bo-gen-zo”, a work by Josef Nadj, and also performed “Cascade” at the Pantin CND (National Dance Centre) on 13 and 14 March 2013.

Upadated : May 2013