En Danseuse - Loïc Touzé
En Danseuse - Loïc Touzé
En danseuse is a piece of work choreographed, based on a creative process that focuses on the body of the choreographer-dancer. A series of collaborations of Alain Michard with several choreographers from different generations, and varied backgrounds led to the birth of this piece, a ‘collection of dances’ with scenography using sound and video.
En danseuse is made of a scenographic installation which combines images of dance and sounds. Is it thought of as a confrontation between two choreographical forms, but also between two memories. It offers to audiences several ways of looking at the work, and appeals to their own memories of dance.
En danseuse is based on the idea that the body of the choreographer is the very source of their work, and carries within himself/herself a true History of dance. Vast and unique, this dance History is made of dances which have been lived, but also dances that have been seen or dreamt, and of everything that has fit in with ‘choreographic material’. En danseuse questions the role of images, and how they are active both in memory and in the choreographic gesture.
Loïc Touzé is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. He has created among others the pieces Morceau, Love, La Chance, Fanfare, Forme Simple, as well as the project Autour de la table with Anne Kerzehro and the movie Dedans ce monde. He is involved in other artists' projects from music, theatre, circus and visual arts, and he is engaged in research with Mathieu Bouvier around the notion of the figure in dance, which has resulted in the website pourunatlasdesfigures.net/.
Loïc Touzé teaches regularly in workshops or trainings for professionals and amateurs in France and around the world. From 2001 to 2006, he co-directed Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers with Yvane Chapuis and François Piron, and since 2011 he has directed Honolulu, a space for residency, creation, and teaching in Nantes.
Alice Gautier is a visual artist whose research focuses mainly on video, in its encounter
with the cinema, performance and dance fields. Through the writing of movement and the
composition of bodies, the work of rhythm and presence, she experiments with different
ways of telling a story, through a film, a performance, a piece. Since 2012, she has
collaborated with artists such as Alain Michard, Loïc Touzé and Daphné Achermann on
stage and film projects. She intervenes in workshops that cross dance practices and
Alain Michard is a choreographer and visual artist. Starting with dance as his ‘roots’, his work today involves leading a wide range of different artistic projects, using a variety of artistic media (music, film, photography, writing).
Alain Michard collaborates regularly with other artists. He also invites local people and non-professionals to participate in the work he creates.
A common thread in his work is the theme of wandering and journeys, and the search for a community: BING, based on texts by Beckett, Parkinson (2007-2013). Some pieces are designed for public spaces, and explore perception, and the imaginary essence of towns and landscapes: Promenades blanches (2006-2016), Se fondre (2012), Caravane, ...
Another important focus of his work is research on the notion of a collective history of art, based on living memory and documents: École ouverte, J’ai tout donné, Mon Histoire avec la danse, La carpe et le lapin,...
His films include documentaries and fiction, some of which are based on his relationship with dance (Ascension, Carton, Encore chaud ...). Recently, he has made two fictional films: ON AIR in 2010, and Clandestine (a feature length film) in 2014.
Alain Michard supports and produces other artists (Theo Kooijman, Laurent Pichaud, Mickaël Phelippeau, Alice Gautier ...), in his role as artistic director of different festivals, residencies and events, such as À domicile in Guissény (2007-2009).
His role as producer allows him to support young artists at the beginning of their careers. The passing on of knowledge is important for him, and his pedagogical work is an integral part of, and articulates with, his creative work, which is open to artists, students and non-professionals.
His work has led him to a diversity of places and countries :
IN FRANCE : Paris (Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Centre National de la Danse, Labos d’Aubervilliers, Centre Pompidou, Grande Halle La Villette, ...), Rennes (PHAKT, Biennale, Triangle, Musée de la danse), Brest, Nantes (Théâtre Universitaire), Marseille (Théâtre du Merlan, Marseille Objectif Danse), Bordeaux (TNT, Novart), Avignon (Hivernales), Marne-la-Vallée (Ferme du Buisson), ...
ABROAD: Italy (Musée Pan-Naples, Osservatorio Nomade-Cursi), Japan (Kyoto, Tokyo, Yokohama, Matsuyama), Canada (Escales improbables-Montréal), Turkey (Istanbul, Eskisehir, Ankara), Portugal (Fondation Serralves-Porto,), UK (Portsmouth), Germany (Berlin), Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp), Switzerland (Geneva), Ireland (DTI-Dublin)…
As a performer he has worked principally for Odile Duboc, Marco Berrettini, Boris Charmatz, Xavier Marchand (theatre) and Judith Cahen (cinema).
He has collaborated on various different projects with other artists, including: Nicolas Floc’h, Mathias Poisson, Jocelyn Cottencin, Stalker, and choreographers Mustafa Kaplan, Loïc Touzé...
He has received awards from the Villa Kujoyama-Kyoto (2001) and the Villa Médicis Hors les murs-Istanbul (2009).
Source : Alain Michard
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LOUMA, based in Rennes, is directed by Alain Michard choreographer and visual artist.
The Company creates for the stage, festivals and places of contemporary art.
Artistic direction / Conception : Alain Michard
Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Alice Gautier
Lights : Ludovic Rivière
Sound : Manuel Coursin
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Co-production Louman, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Atelier de Paris/CDCN, Le Quartz-scène nationale de Brest (Fonds de dotation), CN D-Un centre d’art pour la danse, Kunstencentrum BUDA-Courtrai (BE), la Région Bretagne avec le CNC, Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles (BE), Sesc Consolação – São Paulo (BR), Institut Français du Brésil / Consulat Général de France à São Paulo (BR), CCNN Nantes, Institut Français / Convention Région Bretagne. Avec le soutien du Musée de la danse - CCNRB, de Réservoir danse - Rennes et du TU - Nantes. LOUMA est subventionnée par le Ministère de la Culture-DRAC Bretagne, la Région Bretagne et la Ville de Rennes.