The spectator's moment: Luc Petton



Minute du spectateur (La)

La Minute du Spectateur (the Spectator's Moment) or how to discover an artist, a piece of work or a company in just two minutes.

La Minute du Spectateur (the Spectator's Moment) is a collection of programmes produced by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon and presented by Dominique Hervieu. Each episode is devoted to an artist or a company that is programmed at the Maison de la Danse and offers the public keys or artistic benchmarks for better understanding and appreciating the choreographic art.

Video direction : Fabien Plasson
A collection produced in partnership with TLM - Télé Lyon Métropole

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Petton, Luc

After intense practise in martial arts, Luc Petton discovered contemporary dance through Muriel Jaër, and then Moses Pendelton, director of the Pilobolus Company. In 1980, he was granted a scholarship to study in New York at Alwin Nikolaïs' and Murray Louis' Dance Theater Lab and he danced with the Robin Feld Company (contact improvisation), whilst pursuing his training with the Trisha Brown Company. From 1981 to 1984, he was involved in the Folkwang Tanz Studio in Essen, directed by Hans Zullig who, along with Jean Cébron provided him his training. Here he danced for several choreographers: Suzanne Linke, Marilén Breuker, Mitsuru Sasaki and Christine Brunel.

In 1986, he founded the Icosaèdre Company with Marilén Iglésias-Breuker, which he co-directed until 1994. During this period, he began working on his own creations, he participated in a myriad of performances and creations that embraced other artistic disciplines and other cultures, and he discovered the Intrumentarium Pilates with Dominique Dupuy who produced again the solo “En vol” for him.

In 1994, he established Le Guetteur - Luc Petton & Cie in Picardy and launched his atypical and prosperous career in the French dance scene. In 1996, he created “IF”, a trio for 2 men and 1 plank and then his work “Oscar”, inspired by the work of Oskar Schlemmer at the Bauhaus, which were performed at the Presqu'îles de Danse cultural event. In 1999, the Val-de-Marne Biennial requested his “Polemos”, a work that brings together dancers and highly-proficient karatekas.

Amateur ornithologist, with a life-long passion for birds, he embarked on this fabulous creative adventure in 2004 that conjugated dancers and living birds. Two versions emerge from this project, with the generic name of “La confidence des oiseaux”: the first, an outdoor performance, in 2005 at Art Danse Bourgogne in Dijon and at the Festival les Envies Rhônements in the Camargue region, and the second for the theatre, with a preview performance in 2006 at the Faïencerie in Creil. This theatre version continued to evolve and attained its final form in Avignon during the Hivernales Festival of 2008.

This “poetic gesture”, nourished with enthralling and passionate experimentations will soon pursue its adventure with a new creation that includes aquatic birds, swans, egrets, cormorants… and six dancers, in a stage-set that harmonizes air and water elements. This project is presented as a palimpsest of Marius Petipa's and Ivanov's "Swan Lake", enshrouded in the magical-poetic atmosphere of Ovid's "Metamorphoses"…

Source : Website of the National Choreographic Centre, Tours

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Last update : September 2011

Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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Cie Le Guetteur

Created in 1994, the company Le Guetteur forges links with the Picardie during the presentation of the piece Le Grand Vivant at the Théâtre Jean Legendre in Compiègne. This creation of Luc Petton will allow to begin a lasting settlement in this region. First in residence at the Saint Michel Abbey in Thierache and then at the Maison des Arts in Laon from 1995 to 1997, the Company will although welcome in Abbeville, Château-Therry and Soissons successively until 2012.

The company creation are developed by Luc Petton, who, since his first pieces, initiates a singular career on the French choreographic stage, getting himself noticed with « If » and « Oscar », that tour in France and abroad. The following creations, like « Polemos », « Sur le Fil de minuit », « Sans abord reel » confirm the interest of public and the professionnals, that will confirm from 2004 in his project with animals.

In 2005, Luc Petton creates La Confidence des oiseaux, an outdoor version and then a theatre version. This creation bringing more than 30 birds on stage meets a true success during its presentation at the Festival d’Avignon and at the Theatre national de Chaillot in 2008. The adventure continues with Swan, choreographic creation for swans and dancers, revisiting the Leda myth and Swan lake, presented in June 2012 at the Theatre national de Chaillot. Each representation conquers a always larger public at each representations. Luc Petton ends his triptych with the creation of Light Bird, for dancers and red crowned cranes. The premiere took place again at the Theatre national de Chaillot in May 2015, after some experience shows in Region especially the first public presentation at the Espace Jean Legendre in Compiègne.

Paying close attention to his repertoire, Luc Petton decides in 2013 to transform his piece « Oscar » in a quartet version. Lighter, adapted to every place of the region, this creation allows an easy awareness through playful workshops and a reflexion about the dance history. An important characteristic considering the mediation work that the company develops during her different residencies.

From 2009 to 2012, in residence at the Mail, cultural scene of Soissons, the company team develops a awareness action on the territories of Soissons and in the department of Aisne, wanting to democratize the access to the choreographic culture for every public. A commitment we found although in the program Culture in Hospital for elderly people, disabled children, but although in prison. From 2012 to 2015, the residence of the company at the Espace Jean Legendre in Compiègne fulfils itself in the same perspective.

At the same time, an extraordinary residence with dancers red crowned cranes takes place at the zoological park of Amiens Métropole and at the Maison de la Culture in Amiens. This partnership allows Luc Petton to lead specific researches linked to this creation very different from the previous two. The workshops, masterclasses, conferences are a big part of the company activities (more than twenty actions in 2015 for 350 hours of workshops), searching to raiser awareness among the always larger public out of consideration for the democratization of the contemporary dance. A same life notion nourishes creation and action on the territory.

Source: The company Le Guetteur 's website

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Hervieu, Dominique

Born in 1962 in Coutances (Normandy, France), Dominique Hervieu has had a voracious appetite for every form of movement since she was six years old. After her first love, gymnastics, she elected dance as the new object of her passion : classical dance, at first, which she practised for a dozen years, mainly with Michèle Latini; and then contemporary dance, with Peter Goss, Alwin Nicolais and Hervé Diasnas.

In 1981, she met José Montalvo and with him developed an original gestural language – fluid, rapid and precise – that would impart a singular style to their works. In 1988, their close artistic bond yielded Compagnie Montalvo-Hervieu, which performs at the leading venues in France and beyond. Ten years and five new pieces later, the duo were appointed to head the Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de- Marne. Since 2000, Dominique Hervieu has co- devised all the pieces by Compagnie Montalvo- Hervieu, which ranks among the most popular and recognised contemporary-dance companies in France and abroad.

In 2000, they specially created Variation au Paradis for the opening ceremony of the Cannes International Film Festival. That year, Dominique Hervieu became artistic adviser to the Théâtre National de Chaillot and was appointed director of the venue’s youth programme. She conducted original arts-education actions, drawing on connections between dance works and artistic practices on the one hand, and on those between the arts on the other hand, in partnership with the Musée du Louvre and several other Paris institutions. She notably conceived a choreographic trail at the Louvre in 2004, attracting 5,000 spectators.

In 2001 she created "Mosaïque... Danse(s)" d’une ville, a piece for 180 amateur dancers aged 15 to 85: a multicultural portrait in dance of the town of Créteil, which involved residents in the creative process. In 2002 and 2003 she devised two pieces on her own: "Intervallo Brio" at the Mettre en scène festival, a work for two virtuoso dancers, a grandfather and two little girls; and "Le Corbeau et le renard", a dance version of La Fontaine’s fable.

In 2006 she created La Bossa Fataka de Rameau with José Montalvo. With Montalvo she also choreographed and directed two operas : "Les Paladins", under the musical direction of William Christie of Les Arts Florissants, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (2004); and George Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess" at the Opéra National de Lyon (2008).
Also in 2006, Dominique Hervieu created L’artde la rencontre - Cartes postales chorégraphiques for " Les Francophonies ! " festival, in conjunction with four choreographers from the Francophone world. These collaborations gave rise to 12 filmed duos and provided the material for a documentary for Arte. In June 2008, Hervieu was appointed director of the Théâtre National de Chaillot. The duo’s most recent work, "Orphée", was staged in 2010. In July that year she initiated Imaginez Maintenant, a national event to promote young artists, in conjunction with France’s High Commissioner for Youth and its Council for Artistic Creation.  In July 2011, she succeeded Guy Darmet as general manager of La Maison de la Danse and as artistic director of the Lyon Dance Biennial.

Since 2014, Dominique Hervieu has been developing the international part of the Lyon Dance Biennial parade by inviting groups of major European cities (Turin and Barcelona). In 2018, she will be the Artistic Director of the Triennial of Yokohama Dance, Dance, Dance.

Source: Maison de la Danse

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