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Cité Radieuse (La)

Choreography: Frédéric Flamand
Scenography: Dominique Perrault
Choreographical assistant: Katharina Christl
Music adviser: Jacques-Yves Le Docte
Music: Valentin Vassiliev Silvestrov, Natasha Barret, Ground Zero, Noah Creshevsky ,MarinMarais / SophieWatillon, Icarus, Jonathan Pebler, Holger Hiller etc ...
Sound editing: Xavier Yerlès
Lights design: Nicolas Olivier, Frédéric Flamand
Costumes: Annelies Van Damme
Created, 15/07/2005 - 10e édition du Festival de Marseille (F)
15 dancers
Coproduction Festival deMarseille (F), Fondazione Teatro Due Parma (I)


Le Corbusier's utopia, to which the title pays homage, dreamt of bringing happiness to people through architecture. Flamand and Perrault question new forms of utopia linked to the advent of this city-world generated by the process of globalisation.
Dominique Perrault was given the task of creating the stage design came up with a device of mesh screens and metallic woven cloth manipulated by the dancers and relayed by a sophisticated system of camera/projectors. These enable the real body and its performance to be examined from unexpected perspectives and simultaneously fromdifferent viewpoints.
A way of shattering the traditional performance setting.

It is an epic production, well done and well performed. It's
absolutely no surprise that people like it.
Marie-Christine Vernay – LIBÉRATION


Frédéric Flamand
Frédéric Flamand's approach to dance is one that advocates breaking down barriers between techniques and encouraging a dialogue between classical and contemporary dance. For ten years he has been working
intensively on the relationships between dance and architecture, collaborating with major architects.
His work's multidisciplinary perspective led to him directing the first International Festival of Contemporary Dance at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and heading up a workshop in the art & design faculty of the
University of Architecture in Venice. He has been running the Ballet National in Marseille since December 2004, after having directed Charleroi/Danses – Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté française de
Belgique for close to 15 years. Up to 2009, he ran the D.A.N.C.E training programme alongside William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocaj.
Frédéric Flamand is appointed Artistic Director of le Festival International de Danse de Cannes for the 2011&2013 editions.

Flamand, Frédéric

In 1973 Frédéric Flamand founded the group Plan K: here he questioned the status and representation of the human body by integrating plastic arts and audiovisual techniques into live performance.

From the outset Plan K developed its activities on an international scale, and the recognition from which it benefited abroad allowed it to establish its status.  Convinced of the importance for a company to be tethered to a place which allowed meetings and gatherings, in 1979 Frédéric Flamand opened a multi-arts centre in Brussels in an old sugar mill. Artists from various disciplines were welcomed here, such as Bob Wilson, William Burroughs, Charlemagne Palestine, Steve Lacy, Pierre Droulers, Philippe Decouflé, Marie Chouinard, Michael Galasso, Thomas Schütte, Joy Division, Eurythmics, etc… ‘La Raffinerie’ (The Refinery) is also a place of work, where an international dialogue between dance, plastic arts, music, and audiovisual arts takes place, hence perpetuating Plan K’s initial mission.

In 1987 Frédéric Flamand met the venetian artist Fabrizio Plessi.  Together they would develop a trilogy which approached the problem of technology envisioned in three different time periods: “La Chute d'Icare” (The fall of Icarus) (1989) considers the Renaissance and craft techniques.  The creation of Icarus at “La Monnaie” would reinforce Frédéric Flamand’s presence on large international stages.

Next were “Titanic” (1992) which talks about the industrial revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century, and “Ex Machina” which evokes the end of the twentieth century and the spread of image and communication technologies.

In 1991, Frédéric Flamand was appointed as the artistic director of the “Ballet Royal de Wallonie”, a neoclassical company which he renamed “Charleroi/Danses, Centre chorégraphique de la Communauté française de Belgique”.

In 1996, Frédéric Flamand begun his consideration of the relationships of dance and architecture, both being arts of structure and space.  For the show “Moving Target”, he chose to work with New York architects Elisabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, taking inspiration from the uncensored diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, one of the first classical ballet dancers to build the bridge towards contemporary dance.

Following this was the creation of the shows “E.J.M 1” and “E.J.M. 2”, based on the works of Edward James Muybridge and Etienne Jules Marey, still in collaboration with Elisabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio. “E.J.M. 2” was staged for the “Ballet de l’Opéra National de Lyon”, while “E.J.M 1” was made for the “Compagnie Charleroi/Danses – Plan K”.

In 2000, Frédéric Flamand created “Metapolis” with the iraqi-british architect Zaha Hadid, the 2004 winner of the Pritzker Prize, which is equivalent in architecture to winning the Nobel Prize.  This same year he met Jean Nouvel. Their collaboration resulted in the creation of “The Future of Work”, a show which would be viewed by over 600 000 people during its five month run.  This achievement adhered perfectly to Frédéric Flamand’s preoccupation with gaining the largest possible audiences for the art of dance.  In 2001 he created the double show “Body/Work” and “Body/Work/Leisure” as an extension of his collaboration with the architect Jean Nouvel.

The Venice Biennale entrusted to him the artistic direction of the First International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Venice Biennale in 2003.  He opened the festival with the creation of “Silent Collisions”, directed with californian architect Thom Mayne.

In September 2004, he was jointly appointed as General Director of the “Ballet National de Marseille” by the minister of Communication and Culture in the City of Marseille and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region.

He created “La Cité Radieuse” (The Radiant City) with french architect Dominique Perrault, “Metamorphoses” with the renowned brazilian designers Humberto & Fernando Campana, and “La Vérité 25X par seconde” (The Truth 25X per second), with chinese architect-plastic artist Ai Weiwei.

Frédéric Flamand also enriched the Ballet National de Marseille’s repertoire by inviting external choreographers including William Forsythe, Lucinda Childs, Nacho Duato, the french Thierry Malandain, Michel Kelemenis, and Olivia Grandville & Eric Oberdorff, and the belgian Michèle Noiret, …

Frédéric Flamand is an Official in the “Ordre des Arts et Lettres de la République Française”.

Perrault, Dominique

Dominique Perrault is a French architect and urban planner. His work is exhibited in the largest museums in the world. A  monographic exhibition retracing all of his work is dedicated to him at  the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 2008. He was also appointed  commissioner of the French pavilion of the architecture section of the  Venice Biennale in 2010.  In 2018, for the 30th anniversary of the  beginning of the construction of the National Library of France, the  architect exhibits for the first time around unpublished archives, his  emblematic project in the large gallery of the site François Mitterrand  de la BnF.
In  parallel, he carried out important heritage rehabilitation operations,  including those of the prestigious Longchamp racetrack in Paris, the  Dufour pavilion at the Château de Versailles and the Poste du Louvre in  Paris. In  spring 2014, Dominique Perrault inaugurated Vienna’s tallest tower, the  icon of the new business district, as well as the Grand Théâtre des  Cordeliers in Albi.
In 2015, he received the Praemium Imperiale award in the architecture category.
On  February 25, 2015, he was elected a member of the Académie des  Beaux-arts, Chair 6 of the Architecture Section previously occupied by  Marc Saltet.
In  December 2016, Dominique Perrault and Philippe Bélaval, President of  the Centre des monuments nationaux, present to the President of the  Republic and the Mayor of Paris the study and orientation mission  entrusted to them in December 2015 to foreshadow the Ile de la Cité by  2040.

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Rayne, Yannick

Having trained at Rosella Hightower in Cannes and at the ‘École nationale de danse de l'Opéra de Paris’, Yannick Rayne’s first career as a dancer was rich and varied. Having swapped focus, video, filmed shows, advertisements, musical clips, institutional films and interviews now play an important part in his work.  Mainly linked with the Marseille National Ballet, his activity develops around the body and vision of each choreographer.  Very attached to the idea of the conservation of patrimonies, for the last few years Yannick Rayne has worked to promote the audiovisual history of the “Ballet National de Marseille”, while developing the principles of intangible heritage and memory of choreographic works, thanks to testimonies and items belonging to the archive.

Ballet national de Marseille

Back in 1972, Roland Petit created the Ballets de Marseille. Having lost  its -s, the Ballet has become a Centre Chorégraphique National in 1984  wille  be run by the collective (LA)HORDE. 

The creation and  dissemination of shows by the Ballet and guest artists are at the heart  of what it does. Very much rooted in our time, curious about and open to  the world, the BNM is also a prestigious part of Marseille’s cultural  heritage, close to Parc Borély.

Source: BNM

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La Cité Radieuse

Artistic direction / Conception : Frédéric Flamand, Dominique Perrault

Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Bernard Degroote

Choreography : Frédéric Flamand

Choreography assistance : Cristina Dias, Danseurs du Ballet National de Marseille

Interpretation : Danseurs du Ballet National de Marseille

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Bernard Degroote

Stage direction : Frédéric Flamand

Set design : Dominique Perrault

Video conception : Frédéric Flamand, Jean-Christophe Aubert

Lights : Nicolas Olivier, Frédéric Flamand

Costumes : Annelies Van Damme

Technical direction : Frédéric Granger

Sound : Jacques-Yves Le Docte

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Ballet National de Marseille, Festival de Marseille (F), Fondazzione Teatro Due - Parma (I)

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Ballet National de Marseille

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