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Double Vision

Double Vision

Double vision

Carlson, Carolyn

California-born Carolyn Carlson defines herself first and foremost as a nomad. From San Francisco Bay to the University of Utah, from the Alwin Nikolais company in New York to Anne Béranger’s in France, from Paris Opera Ballet to Teatrodanza La Fenice in Venice, from the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris to Helsinki, from Ballet Cullberg to La Cartoucherie in Paris, from the Venice Biennale to Roubaix, Carlson is a tireless traveller, always seeking to develop and share her poetic universe.

She arrived in France in 1971 the beneficiary of Alwin Nikolais’s ideas about movement, composition and teaching. The following year, with Rituel pour un rêve mort, she wrote a poetic manifesto that defined an approach to her work that she has adhered to ever since: dance that is strongly oriented towards philosophy and spirituality. Carlson prefers the term ‘visual poetry’ to ‘choreography’ to describe her work. She creates works that express her poetic thoughts and a form of complete art within which movement occupies a special place. 

For four decades, Carlson has had significant influence and success in many European countries. She played a key role in the birth of French and Italian contemporary dance through the GRTOP (theatre research group) at Paris Opera Ballet and Teatrodanza at La Fenice.

She has created over 100 pieces, a large number of which are landmarks in the history of dance, including Density 21.5, The Year of the Horse, Blue Lady, Steppe, Maa, Signes, Writings on Water and Inanna. In 2006, her work was rewarded with the first ever Golden Lion given to a choreographer by the Venice Biennale.

Nowadays, Carolyn Carlson is director of two organisations: the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, an international centre for masterclasses, residencies and creating new works, which she founded in 1999 and the National Choreographic Centre Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais until December 2013, which produces and tours shows all over the world.


More information: en.carolyn-carlson.com

Electronic Shadow : Yacine Aït Kaci et Naziha Mestaoui

Naziha Mestaoui

Naziha Mestaoui est une artiste tunisienne et belge formée en  architecture qui vit et travaille à Paris. Les installations de Naziha  scellent l’union singulière et innovante de l’espace, de l’image et de  la technologie.

Avec Yacine Aït Kaci elle fonde Electronic Shadow (2000), pionnière reconnue dans l’art  digital et inventeur du Videomapping au croisement de l’espace et  l’image. Elle expose dans le monde entier : MOMA à New York, Centre  Georges Pompidou à Paris, Musée de la photographie à Tokyo, Biennale  d’Art Contemporain à Séville, SESI de Sao Paulo, MOCA de Shanghai….

En 2011 elle démarre une carrière solo, poursuivant la fusion entre  l’art, les technologies et les expériences. Ses séjours au coeur des  peuples autochtones (Amazonie, Inde, Oman) sont à l’origine d’une série  de projets se fondant sur la pluralité des rapports homme/nature. Elle  questionne l’exception de notre culture occidentale par sa déconnexion  avec son environnement.
Naziha est aujourd’hui une artiste d’avant-garde. Elle place la question de la nature au coeur des enjeux culturels.
A l’occasion la conférence sur le climat de l’ONU à Paris (COP21),  Naziha a lancé un projet : une oeuvre d’art digitale, organique, green  et citoyenne, One Heart One Tree qui permet à chacun de nous, via une  application smartphone, de planter un arbre virtuel baptisé à son nom. L’arbre pousse au rythme des battements de notre coeur et est projeté  sur la tour Eiffel. Pour chaque graine virtuelle créée, un véritable  arbre sera planté dans l’un des 7 projets de reforestation que mène  Naziha sur les 5 continents.

Double vision

Artistic direction / Conception : Carolyn Carlson et Electronic Shadow (Yacine Aït Kaci et Naziha Mestaoui)

Interpretation : Carolyn Carlson

Set design : Electronic Shadow : Yacine Aït Kaci et Naziha Mestaoui

Original music : Nicolas de Zorzi

Video conception : Yacine Aït Kaci et Naziha Mestaoui

Lights : Emma Juliard

Costumes : Chrystel Zingiro, d’après des dessins de Crstof Beaufays

Settings : Avec la complicité artistique de Maud Margot Bigiani et de Gilles Nicolas

Other collaborations : Développement : Leïla Aït Kaci

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais, iDEALiD, La Condition Publique, Electronic Shadow, avec l’aimable collaboration de l’Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson/CDC

Duration : 60'

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