Bringing hearts and bodies together is essential for choreographer Madeleine Fournier. Her new creation, which is also her first group piece, relies on several excerpts from Henry Purcell’s baroque repertory and prolongs the reflection she initiated on the organic relations between voice and physical presence with her first piece Labourer. Five singer-performers embody the mythological figures of the muses of lyrical art on stage: their movements, interactions and singing evoke the harmony of a Greek theatre where music and dance were intimately connected. Echoing the work developed by philosopher Emmanuele Coccia in his book La vie des plantes, where he contends that “bodies permeate and are permeated by other bodies”, the group on stage happily vibrates as one. When tragedy occurs in the middle of the piece, it is but a necessary step in the inexorable cycle of life and the prelude to eternal rebirth.
Source: programme of the CND
A performer and choreographer, she trained in dance at the Conservatoire National Régional de Paris and the CNDC in Angers under the direction of Emmanuelle Huynh. In 2006 she interned at the company DCA Philippe Decouflé for the creation of Sombrero. In 2010 she received the DanceWEB scholarship as part of the Impulstanz festival in Vienna.
Since 2007 she has worked with various different choreographers and visual artists in France, Germany and Belgium, such as Odile Duboc (Rien ne laisse présager de l’état de l’eau, Trois Boléros, Insurrection), Anna Konjeztky (Tagebuch), Laure Bonicel (Bad seeds), Emmanuelle Huynh (Cribles), Fabrice Lambert (Solaire, Faux Mouvement), Sara Manente (Faire un four), Moser and Schwinger, Boris Achour, Fanny de Chaillé and Philippe Ramette (Passage à l’acte), Loïc Touzé (Ô Montagne) and Jocelyn Cottencin.
Since 2008 she has been working with Jonas Chéreau on a choreography reserach project. Together, they choreographed the duo Les interprètes ne sont pas à la hauteur, shown in various contexts (churches, galleries, studios, theatres) between 2008 and 2012 and Sexe symbole (pour approfondir le sens du terme) in 2013, shown at the CCN in Rillieux-la-pape, the Manège de Reims, the Vanves theatre and in Norway. They are also behind a film entitled 306 Manon, which was produced by Tamara Seilman, a video artist with whom they regularly collaborate.
In 2014 she took part in Emmanuelle Huynh's TOZAI! and Loïc Touzé's 19 Mélodies, and in 2015, worked with Rémy Héritier.
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 : D'après l'œuvre de Henry Purcell
Choreography : Madeleine Fournier
Choreography assistance : David Marques, Anne Lenglet
Interpretation : Jonas Chéreau, Madeleine Fournier, Catherine Hershey, Corentin Le Flohic, Johann Nöhles
Lights : Nicolas Marie
Costumes : Valentine Solé
Settings : Construction décors Pierre Bouglé - Objets Andrea Baglione
Technical direction : Régie son Assistant Sébastien Finck - Régie générale Anna Carlier
Sound : Clément Vercelletto
Other collaborations : Chef de chœur Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias - Accoucheuse de voix Myriam Djemour
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Administratrice de production Margot Guillerm - Accompagnement à la diffusion Teresa Acevedo
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Enregistré au CND le 18 novembre 2022 dans le cadre de l'exposition "Déplier baroque"