Antiquités is a choreogry created by Georges Appaix in 1985, based on Homer's Odyssey. It's here filmed on the stage of La Maison de la Danse in 1987.
Born in Marseilles in 1953 and a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers, he also trained at the same time as a saxophonist at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatoire and studied contemporary dance in Odile Duboc's classes and workshops.
From 1978 he danced for Odile Duboc in several works for which he composed the music, then for Josette Baïz, Stéphanie Aubin and Daniel Larrieu. He has also devised numerous street performance projects for the Danse à Aix festival.
Updating: November 2010
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) 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.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
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 revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
Georges Appaix founded the company La Liseuse in 1984, whose name evoked above all "La Liseuse sur fond noir" by Matisse. Based in Marseille since 1991 and at the Friche la Belle de Mai since 1993, La Liseuse has produced around forty pieces of contemporary dance, ranging from solo to piece for around ten performers.
Source: La Liseuse
Choreography : Georges Appaix
Interpretation : Catherine Rees / Georges Appaix / Jean-Pascal Gilly / Muriel Corbel / Pascale Luce / Sabine Macher
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon - Charles Picq, 1987