An emblematic work of the repertoire, created more than 20 years ago, Folie depicts 15 dancers carried away by excess and savagery. Commissioned for the Biennale du Val-de-Marne on the occasion of the bicentenary of the French Revolution, the work celebrates both the ardour of bodies and the exodus of a people in its vitality and fury. Bodies that are noises, respirations, breaths that no longer dare exhale. Dance is free, energetic and transgressive. It never gives up.
Claude Brumachon was born in 1959, in Rouen. After attending Fine Arts where drawing directed him down the path of bodies, he took up dance at the age of seventeen with « les Ballets de la Cité » led by Catherine Atlani, he stayed there for two years.
In 1981, Claude Brumachon met Benjamin Lamarche in Paris, they immediately started a collaborative and original research. Together, they explored that new world opening up through the dancing body.
Claude Brumachon between 1980 and 1983, as for him, worked with Christine Gérard (La Pierre Fugitive), Karine Saporta and Brigitte Farges.
As they belonged to no school in particular and as they rejected none, Claude and Benjamin sealed their agreement with a first duet : Niverolles Duo du col in 1982.
With their first group, the « Rixes » company in 1984, they invented a stylized, vehement and passionate choreographic writing: a sharp and brisk gesture, a tormented tenderness. They surrounded themselves with dancers, a composer, a makeup artist and a costume designer: Founding a troupe and leading it to creation.
In four years’ time, the choreographer created ten plays with two major ones (1988): Texane (award-winning at the Bagnolet contest) and Le Piédestal des vierges which set their style to a recognizable gesture. It quickly followed on sequences of cleat-cut and sharp movements cutting the body and the space.
The choreographer carved out a reputation. In 1989, Folie came to the fore and was a great success again. That success has been repeated 7 years later in 1996, with Icare (presented at the 50th Festival d’Avignon), a solo written for Benjamin Lamarche.
Sometimes groping, sometimes rushing headlong, Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche imagine and create new worlds. There‘s never any doubt between them, doubts are about dancing, about the ways of dancing, about the continuing questioning of this moving body the mind is obsessed with.
The teaching of their dance is made through training, lessons are made as much to pass on this brand new knowledge as to refine it. Moments to unite the group under a common body language. To understand is also to make understand.
As an expression of desire – passionate – and of an overflowing sensuality to a certain point that it was sometimes described as violent, their plays are tales of the inexpressible, they are mirrors of raging inner worlds, pushed beyond their own rules. Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche have become researchers in poetic and powerful movements. They’ve been creating a dance alternately full of energy and tormented, lyric and passionate, now high-spirited and romantic and now down to earth and meaningful.
Out of Molière’s wanderings, they made with Histoire d’Argan le Visionnaire (2007) a bright and facetious show as a tribute to the artist. Out of the consumer society, they made a Festin (2004), carnal and sensual where proximity bursts out at the face of the audience. With Phobos (2007), they ventured into irrational, universal or shallow fears.
Claude and Benjamin create from the body for the body and with the body.
Their dances are as much stories of different groups that share a space to live in as they are stories of loneliness facing the world. They all are a research around an irrational gesture that calls for the precise one, necessary and full of meaning.
A gesture, heavy with an unspeakable story that changes into the very moment and, in a sometimes bitter statement, offers a view of man in his complexity.
Claude Brumachon signed more than eighty original choreographies with his own dancers, dancers from other French or foreign ballets, with schools and with children as well.
They directed the National Choreographic Centre of Nantes to the creation in 1992 to 2015. Since January 1, 2016 they continue their choreographic road with their new company SOUS LA PEAU.
Source : Brumachon-Lamarche
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Choreography : Claude Brumachon
Choreography assistance : Benjamin Lamarche
Interpretation : Caroline Bouquet, Claude Brumachon, Steven Chotard, Fabienne Donnio, Lise Fassier, Mickaël Frappat, Julien Grosvalet, Cristian Hewitt-Carasco, Benjamin Lamarche, Véronique Lemonnier, Martin Mauriès, Arthur Orblin, Valérie Soulard, Alice Tremblay, Sabrina Vicari
Lights : Philippe Mombellet
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Biennale Internationale du Val-de-Marne, Festival Eurodanse Mulhouse, Le Pollen CAC de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Le Centre Culturel Jean Lurçat Aubusson, L'ARC Le Creusot et Les Rixes – Compagnie Claude Brumachon
Duration : 60'
LE BALLET DE LA NUIT - Second Watch - The Mute Comedy of Amphitryon (6)
LE BALLET DE LA NUIT - Second Watch - The Mute Comedy of Amphitryon (6) (Spain)
The committed artist
The committed artist
In all the arts and here especially in dance, the artist sometimes creates to defend a cause, to denounce a fact, to disturb, to shock. Here is a panorama of some "committed" choreographic creations.
LE BALLET DE LA NUIT
LE BALLET DE LA NUIT
Film collectif composé de 13 segments d'une heure, basé sur Le Ballet Royal de la Nuit de 1653. Des artistes de vidéo-danse en provenance de divers pays ont relevé le défi du Centre de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne de réaliser chacun un film venant illustrer une heure de la nuit, en s'appuyant sur des oeuvres musicales électroacoustiques composées exclusivement pour le projet.