Dore Hoyer (1911–1967), who was an exponent of the German expressionist trend, notably as a performer for Mary Wigman, occupies a unique place in the history of dance, at the frontier between different styles and eras. In 1962, when American abstract dance was at its height, she created Afectos humanos, a series of short works that gave body to a wide range of emotions in which Vanity, Desire, Hate, Fear and Love were conveyed by a powerful expressivity. Her work, which is impossible to categorise, has survived only in a black and white film that was shot in 1967, shortly before her death. Some fifty years later, choreographer and dancer Paula Pi came across this work and decided to explore this dance with the aim of finding out what it was able to express today. In addition to the question of the transmission of this heritage was that of the time gap separating us from Dore Hoyer and the issues and preoccupations she had in 1962. How can this gap be resgistered through the body, speech and space, with the tools and aesthetic codes of our time? Paula Pi chose to treat these human emotions not as a restoration, but rather as an enquiry through documentary, performance, concert, lecture and performance. During the to-and-fro between present and past, she varied perspectives, reconstituting a living, fragile archive in which each element is reinvestigated, scrutinised and shared. This temporary crack that has been opened up is filled by a clarity of gesture and uncertainty of meaning, by a desire to share and the vagaries of performance.
Dance premiered on 21.03. 2017 at the CN D.
Pol Pi is a Brazilian trans choreographer who has been living in France since 2013. Pol worked as a musician for over 10 years and he’s interested in a broader understanding of dance, working on memory and temporality, language and translation, and the notions of archive in dance, with special interest for in situ work. In 2017, he founded the NO DRAMA company and created the solo pieces ECCE (H)OMO (2017), ALEXANDRE (2018), Me Too, Galatée (2018), LÀ (2019), Schönheit ist Nebensache (2021), le trio daté·e·s (2020) and IN YOUR HEAD with the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, which premiered in the Montpellier Danse festival in 2022.
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.).
Artistic direction / Conception : Paula Pi
Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Pauline Brun
Choreography : D’après une chorégraphie originale de Dore Hoyer (© Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln)
Interpretation : Paula Pi
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Pauline Le Boulba
Set design : Pauline Brun
Original music : Dimitri Wiatowitsch
Lights : Florian Leduc
Other collaborations : Transmission des danses Martin Nachbar
Duration : 45 minutes
Mexican Video Dance
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Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces
This Parcours questions the idea that contemporary dance has multiples techniques. Different shows car reveal or give an idea about the different modes of contemporary dancer’s formations.