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Changement de quai à Poitiers

Maison de la danse 1983 - Director : Picq, Charles

Choreographer(s) : Waehner, Karin (Germany)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la danse , Saisons 1980 > 1989

Video producer : Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Integral video available at Maison de la danse de Lyon

en fr

Changement de quai à Poitiers

Maison de la danse 1983 - Director : Picq, Charles

Choreographer(s) : Waehner, Karin (Germany)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la danse , Saisons 1980 > 1989

Video producer : Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Integral video available at Maison de la danse de Lyon

en fr

Changement de quai à Poitiers

French of German origin, Karin Waehner was born in Upper Silesia. She studies modern dance with Mary Wigman in Leipzig first then in Berlin. She learns about American techniques with Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham and composition with Louis Horst. Pioneer of modern dance in France Karin Waehner teaches since 1960 at the Schola Cantorum and has been directing for over 20 years his company Les Ballets Contemporains, born in advance on his time. After the success of his last choreographies "Les Marches" and "Sehnsucht" she presents her latest creation "Change of quay in Poitiers". 


Source: Maison de la Danse 1983's program

Waehner, Karin

Waehner was born in 1926 in Gleiwitz in Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). In 1950 she moved to Buenos Aires, where she taught modern dance until 1953, when she met the mime Marcel Marceau. He inspired her to leave for Paris and to study mime with Etienne Decroux. In Paris she also opened a dance school and choreographed. She appeared with Jerome Andrews as Les Compagnons de la Danse, co-founded the experimental Theatre d'Essai de la Danse in 1955 and started her own touring Ballets Contemporains Karin Waehner in 1959.


She choreographed some 40 pieces and wrote a treatise, Outillage choregraphique, analysing the components of creating movement. But it was as a teacher that she had her most lasting impact. Angelin Preljocaj, France's most prominent contemporary-dance choreographer, whose own company has played several successful seasons in London, trained with her at the Schola Cantorum in Paris where she initiated contemporary-dance teaching. "I had already studied ballet and she opened my eyes to contemporary dance - to its passion for creation, improvisation and new forms," he says. "Coming from the Wigman expressionist tradition, her movement had a generosity, a way of going to extremes. Expressionism signifies something emerging from the inside and there was in her style a maximum of amplitude and sincerity." Karin Waehner also possessed those qualities as a person and selflessly battled for her pupils. 

Karin Waehner, dancer, choreographer and teacher: born Gleiwitz, Germany 12 March 1926; died 17 February 1999.


Source : The Independant 

Picq, Charles

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

Ballets contemporains Karin Waehner

 In 1958, Karin Waehner founded her own company "Les ballets contemporains Karin Waehner" with which she created more than 40 choreographies. The Labyrinth, The Waiting, The Songs of Odetta, Primitive Discourse, The Steps all reflect this unavoidable desire to speak with movement. Each show is the subject of research and improvisation work with the dancers as well as with musicians and visual artists. What emerges is an accomplished work, faithful to the preoccupations of its time. 


Source : DANSER april 99, Odile COUGOULE

Changement de quai à Poitiers

Choreography : Karin Waener

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon - Charles Picq, 1983

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