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DéBaTailles [remontage 2014]

CN D - Centre national de la danse Danse en amateur et répertoire 2014 - Director : Violaine, Rival

Choreographer(s) : Plassard, Denis (France)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , Danse en amateur et répertoire

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

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DéBaTailles [remontage 2014]

CN D - Centre national de la danse Danse en amateur et répertoire 2014 - Director : Violaine, Rival

Choreographer(s) : Plassard, Denis (France)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , Danse en amateur et répertoire

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

DéBaTailles [remontage 2014]

Choreography by Denis Plassard  
A choreographic extract remodelled by the contemporary dance workshop group of the MJC Cavaillon, artistic coordinator Marie-Hélène Piras, as part of the “Danse en amateur et repertoire” programme (2013) (a programme created to assist and promote amateur dancing).

The group

The contemporary dance workshop of the MJC de Cavaillon was set up more than twenty years ago. It was directed right from the start by Sylvette Mathieu, a contemporary dance teacher. Made up of some ten former students, loyal and passionate, each year it welcomes new members, thereby creating a real dynamic and a richness of transmission between dancers. Each year, the choreographic work results in a new creation. Meetings are organised in the Vaucluse and in other French departments with other amateur troupes, and shows are presented all year long: in schools, theatres, outdoors in the form of street performances. The “Danse Amateur et Répertoire” programme allowed them to work, in 2008, on an extract from Maguy Marin’s May B and, in 2010, on Franck Micheletti’s Sorrow Love Song (Kubilaï Khan company).

The project 

Denis Plassard’s work focuses on gestural precision. He takes advantage of the relationship with dancers in a playful manner, in the exploration and invention of new codes. Excited about the piece presented for the Hivernales d’été in Avignon, the group chose to enter this dynamic and offbeat world of humour where the concept of challenge “a universal group concept”, is an endless source of play. In the original work, there were only male dancers. The group then asked itself “If the work had to be written for female dancers, what transformations would be made to gestures and what would be the other challenges?” And in the group, there is only one boy. 

The choreographer

After training in classical and contemporary dance at the Cnsmd de Lyon, Denis Plassard joined Josette Baïz’s company La Place Blanche. In 1990, the desire to choreograph his own works led him to create his first solo, Propos, which gave its name to the company he set up the following year. Right from the start, he has formed bonds between word and movement, between text and gesture, and explores the question of meaning. Whether recorded, recited or sung, whether it is understandable or not, speech is a key element in his work. His choreographic writing, incisive and tinged with great dramatic quality, is nurtured by quirkiness and has no qualms about using humour as a springboard. With each creation, he confronts new aesthetics, immerses himself in other worlds, and relentlessly seeks out artistic frictions. From Bizet to Labiche, from the stage to the dancefloor, ideas jostle each other and genres meet. 

Plassard, Denis

Denis Plassard started to dance on a misunderstanding : wrapped up in crepe paper for the "End of the Year Show" in primary school, he was convinced that the steps meant something and that putting them together was just like writing sentences to tell a story... Since then, a question (a bit odd for a dancer/choreographer) haunts him: what does the movement mean? What do we say when we move?

He then decided to study dance and entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon. After he graduated, he danced for 2 seasons with Josette Baïz's company in Aix-en-Provence.

In 1991, at the age of 23, he set up his own company named after his first solo, “Propos”, which was created the year before. Very early in his choreographic career, he tried to create dynamic links between speech and movement and his work focused on the connection between "Dance and Text". His choreographic writing is precise, sharp and very theatrical, and his style is quirky and full of humour and derision. Prolific choreographer and eager dancer, he enjoys being confronted with new universes and is continually looking for artistic meetings and crossroads between different aesthetics.

From Kafka to Mermet, from Bizet to Labiche, from the stage to the circus ring, he keeps having new ideas that mix hip-hop, circus, music, theatre and dance.


Source : The company Propos 's website


More information : compagnie-propos.com

Violaine, Rival

DéBaTailles [remontage 2014]

Choreography : Denis Plassard

Interpretation : Élisa Artero, Élisabeth Benkhedir, Sandrine Bianco, Jessica Gasch, Chrystelle Gavelle, Cécile Géniaux, Elsa Jomain, Véronique Laplane, Sylvette Mathieu, Cécile Meyer, Patricia Meyer, Philippe Simon, Marylène Tabuteau, Françoise Taret

Other collaborations : Extrait chorégraphique remonté par le groupe atelier de danse contemporaine de la MJC Cavaillon, coordinatrice artistique Marie-Hélène Piras, dans le cadre de Danse en amateur et répertoire (2013) - Intervenante danse Sylvette Mathieu

Duration : 18 minutes

Danse en amateur et répertoire

Amateur Dance and Repertory is a companion program to amateur practice beyond the dance class and the technical learning phase. Intended for groups of amateur dancers, it opens a space of sharing for those who wish to deepen a practice and a knowledge of the dance in relation to its history.

Laurent Barré
Head of Research and Choreographic Directories
Anne-Christine Waibel
Research Assistant and Choreographic Directories
+33 (0)1 41 83 43 96
danse-amateur-repertoire@cnd.fr

Source: CN D

More information: https://www.cnd.fr/en/page/323-danse-en-amateur-et-repertoire-grant-programme

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