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Aurevoiretmerci

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2001 - Director : Pasquier, Arnold

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse

Video producer : Arnold Pasquier

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

Aurevoiretmerci

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2001 - Director : Pasquier, Arnold

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse

Video producer : Arnold Pasquier

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

Aurevoiretmerci

Aurevoiretmerci”  (2001) is a short film by Arnold Pasquier. The images were shot on June 21st, 2001 at the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), during Pina Bausch’s solo, taken from the show “Danzón”.  


Remark by Arnold Pasquier in 2019 :  

"The title of this short film refers to Mary Wigman’s choreographic piece “Abschied und Dank / Au revoir et merci” of 1942. It is a founding dance of German expressionism, the model for Pina Bausch’s master, Kurt Jooss. This title refers both to this choreographer and to the farewell gesture that ends Pina Bausch’s solo.  

The history behind the shooting of this film is closely linked to a documentary project on the dancer Dominique Mercy, which I nurtured over four years, accompanied by the INA producer, Cati Couteau. My desire to produce a film following on from the creation of a show by the Tanztheater company, focusing on one of its most distinguished interpreters, was “tossed about” at length, and finally it was in Le Mistral, the bistrot next to the Théâtre de la Ville, that Dominique Mercy informed me, while eating his spaghetti, that the film wouldn’t be made. Meanwhile, he had accepted Régis Obadia’s documentary (“Dominique Mercy danse Pina Bausch”, 2003), more classic and certainly less overwhelming for the company. Both relieved to have found an “outcome” to this undertaking, and disappointed, I borrowed a friend’s video camera and, sacrilege, filmed Pina Bausch’s solo “aux poissons” in the show “Danzón” that was billed that year (and that I knew as I had seen it in 1996). The cameras at that time were not very sensitive to low light and I improvised during the dress rehearsal, attempting to capture something of the dance by choosing the “candlelight” mode on the Sony camera that increased grain and produced a stroboscopic effect owing to a slow shutter speed. At last, during a second performance, that of June 21st, I once again filmed the solo, more confident, and then edited this sequence shot, a gesture of affirmation and affection.”  
 

Pasquier, Arnold

Arnold Pasquier was born in Paris in 1968. After studying visual arts and cinema, he made tests in Super 8 and video, in which he developed a world of filmed newspapers and fictions. At the age of twenty, he approaches contemporary dance and collaborates with choreographers as documentarist and dancer. This experience marks the realization of a work where dance holds an important place.
From 1997 to 1999, he was received as a resident artist at the Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France) where he designed the installation "C'est ici que j'avais des baisers" (1997-1999) and produced about twenty short films, four radio design workshops For France Culture and dance performances capturing. In 1999, he presented the show "C'est merveilleux" in the Grande Nef du Fresnoy. He is the author of numerous films (fiction, documentary, video art), staged shows, scenographies, radio broadcasts. His work is articulated at the crossroads of these different disciplines. Winner of a residence Villa Médicis Hors les Murs (outside the wall) in Sao Paulo in 2004, he dances for Julie Desprairies in "La danse en accès accès", "Vue sur la mer" and "Là commence le ciel". He co-signs with her the video-dance installation "Les 3 contents", the result of the residence of the choreographer at the Manufacture de Sèvres (France). 

Source: Website of the Compagnie des prairies  
More information https://arnoldpasquier.com 

Aurevoiretmerci

Artistic direction / Conception : Arnold Pasquier

Interpretation : Pina Bausch

Video conception : Montage : Françoise Tubaut - Mixage : Vincent Roux

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Arnold Pasquier

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