J'ai tout donné
J'ai tout donné
This choregraphic piece was devised in parallel with the exhibition also named «J’ai tout donné». It is a meeting point for many ghosts that have been haunting Alain Michard’s personal life, artists being inaccessible icons, art works and contemporary partners.
The piece begins as it ends with a rock concert in tribute to Daniel Johnston.
The space is divided in three parts : a backstage at sight cluttered with stuff, a central space dedicated to dance and a wall being slowly painted by a man with the lyrics of the song « Story of an artist ».
The choregraphic moment of bravura brings into play a young and an old dancer, constantly out of sync, who wear out their bodies so as to wear out the dance.
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",…
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.
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/LOUMA
More information: alainmichard.org
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 image practices.
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.
J'ai tout donné
Artistic direction / Conception : Alain Michard
Choreography : Alain Michard
Interpretation : Manuel Coursin, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Alain Michard, Ludovic Rivière
Set design : Alain Michard, Jocelyn Cottencin
Original music : Daniel Johnston, The true Lovers
Lights : Julia Riggs
Technical direction : Ludovic Rivière
Sound : Manuel Coursin
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Coproduction LOUMA / T.U. Nantes / Musée de la danse-CCN Rennes