Bonté divine - Entretien
Interview with Dominique Boivin
About "Bonté divine" [Good Heavens ! or Divine Goodness] / creation 2003
In this extract Dominique Boivin talks about his collaboration with choreographer Pascale Houbin on the piece "Bonté Divine" (Good Heavens ! or Divine Goodness), which deals with spirituality and religious phenomena.
This interview was recorded at the CND (Centre national de la danse) in Pantin in 2005.
Updating: December 2010
Dominique Boivin followed a classical training before turning to contemporary dance. Carolyn Carlson and the dancers of the GRCOP (Choreographic Research Group of the Paris Opera) introduced him to the teaching of Alwin Nikolais. His first piece, “Quelle fut ta soif?”, won the Humour Prize at the Bagnolet Contest in 1978. In the summer of 1979 he created the solo “L'homme cheval” for the Avignon Festival, which consists of minute, mathematically-orchestrated gestures. In 1979 he obtained a bursary to study in New York for a year, where he trained with Merce Cunningham, Douglas Dunn, Lucinda Childs and Meg Harper.
When he was invited to join the company of the CNDC (National Centre for Contemporary Dance), Angers, directed at the time by Alwin Nikolais, he met many of the dancers with whom he went on to form the Beau Geste company in 1981.
Dominique Boivin danced with a number of companies (Grand Magasin / P. Murtin, F. Hiffler, DCA/P. Decouflé, Astrakan/ D. Larrieu) in between choreographing his own works: "Belles de Nuit“ in 1991, “Carmen” in 1992, “La Belle Etoile” in 1993, “Cabaret Pataphysique” (Pataphysical Cabaret) in 1993. His solo “La danse, une histoire à ma façon...“ (Dance – a history told my way) from 1994, revived in 2000, is a brilliant presentation of the culture of subtle gesture which underpins his choreography. He has choreographed for the operas “Orphée aux Enfers” in Geneva (1997) and "Les Amours de Bastien et Bastienne” in Rouen and Paris (2002), as well as a reworking of the ballet “The Nutcracker” for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon (2001). At the same time, he continued composing for the Beau Geste company: "Petites histoires au-dessus du ciel” in 1996, “Conte sur Moi” in 2000 and “Miniatures de l'Émoi” in 2003.
He collaborated with La Petite Fabrique to choreograph the duet “The Lion and The Rat” as part of the “Les Fables à La Fontaine” project in 2002 and with the Non de Nom/Pascale Houbin company, with whom he composed “Bonté Divine” in 2003 and "Ni d'Ève, ni d'Adam” in 2007.
He ventured into street theatre with the composition of “Transports Exceptionnels” in 2005, a duet for a dancer and a mechanical digger, then, in the same year, he explored the relationship between dance and theatre in "À quoi tu penses?”, using monologues by the writer Marie Nimier.
Digital resource by the Médiathèque du Centre national de la danse
Last update : November 2010
A dancer and choreographer, Pascale Houbin founded the "Non de Nom" company in 1987 after completing her studies in history and archaeology.
She has danced for Daniel Larrieu, Philippe Decouflé, Sidonie Rochon, and the Alis group (Dominique Soria, Pierre Fourny).
In 1986, she became a qualified teacher at the French Hatha Yoga Federation and teaches regularly.
With her unique way of folding and unfolding space around herself, of creating a meticulous embroidery of clear and finely-honed movement, she combines words with gesture and continues to invent her own language. Her choreographic composition is always inscribed in the stage space like true visual poetry.
Since 1999 she has been involved in a series of artistic collaborations with other designers, choreographers, storytellers, actors and puppeteers.
In addition, since October 2002 she has developed a research and experimentation project “Aujourd'hui à deux mains". This consists of a collection of portraits of gestures, filmed “in the heat of the moment” in different trades (nurseryman, baker, fighter pilot, dressmaker…).
In 2010 she composed a piece during a residency at the International Visual Theatre, directed by Emmanuelle Laborit.
Aujourd'hui à deux mains 2009
Ni d'ève ni d'adam 2007
À blanc 2004
Bonté divine 2003
Germen et Soma 1995
Compagnie Non de Nom
Last update : January 2011
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Entretien avec Dominique Boivin
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