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Grand Ecart - A propos de la danse contemporaine

Grand Ecart - A propos de la danse contemporaine

Grand écart - à propos de la danse contemporaine

Charles Picq has concocted a choreographic overview of the last twenty years, reviewing the work of Maguy Marin, Bouvier-Obadia, Régine Chopinot, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Dominique Bagouet, Mathilde Monnier, Michel Kelemenis, etc. While we understand his approach, from an historical standpoint, the choice of artists, whether or not those filmed are interviewed, and the blank concerning the new generation of artists, leave us perplexed. 

Luckily, the words of Mathilde Monnier and Maguy Marin are sufficiently generous and impassioned to let us want to discover what the dance of the year 2000 is like. However, when Charles Picq shows us a short extract from a show by Käfig, he mentions nothing about its opinion of hip hop dance, preferring to let Karine Saporta speak. Boris Charmatz, the sole representative of his generation, has the good taste not to pose as the champion of the succession: “We don’t need to be rebels to propose real breaks, new suggestions.” An interesting counterpoint to the words of Régine Chopinot concerning the difficulty facing young people to create today: “It’s not easy to be noticed today as we were in our time when all was still to be discovered. That’s the catastrophe: it’s all been done.” And we feel that Charles Picq would not be reluctant to share this opinion.

Source : Fabienne Arvers

Picq, Charles

Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
   On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.

His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
       - He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
       - He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
       - He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
       - He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.

       - He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.

His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.

He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).

Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Grand écart - à propos de la danse contemporaine

Artistic direction / Conception : Charles Picq

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Les Films Pénélope, La Sept-Arte, Maison de la Danse/Lyon Participation : CNC, SACD, Procirep, ministère des Affaires étrangères, ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DMD)

Duration : 94'

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