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Baïz, Josette

Josette Baïz, who was trained by Odile Duboc, has been teaching contemporary dance since 1978 in Aix-en-Provence, where she created her first choreographies for young dancers who took part in her classes.

In 1982, when she was a dancer for Jean-Claude Gallotta, Josette Baïz won first prize in the 14th edition of the Bagnolet International Choreographic Competition, as well as the public prize and the French Minister for Culture's prize. She went on to found her first company: The Place Blanche, and has since created over 40 works, for her own companies and for an array of national (Toulouse, Jeune Ballet de France of the Lyon Conservatory, etc.) and international ballets (Boston, Royal Ballet of Phnom Penh, Germany, Venezuela, The Netherlands, etc.).

In 1989, the French Minister for Culture invited her for a year as artist in residence for a school in the Northern districts of Marseille. This encounter with young people, from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, led her to reconsider the signification of her work and to radically modify her artistic approach.
The confrontation with proposals as diverse as breakdance, smurf, hip-hop, oriental, gypsy, Indian and African dance, obliged her to totally reappraise the physical and mental skills she had acquired.
She was totally unacquainted with the supports, the way the ground was used, the circular movements of the hips, the sharp strikes of flamenco and the loosened pelvis of African dances.

And so, a process of mutual exchange was initiated: Josette Baïz taught contemporary, classical dance and composition in research workshops; the young dancers taught her their way of asserting their origins and feelings.

It was, therefore, only natural for Josette Baïz to create the Groupe Grenade, which brought together over thirty young dancers, in 1992. In 1998, Josette decided to perpetuate the cross-cultural work undertaken with the Groupe Grenade, whilst continuing to pursue an intensely contemporary perspective. She created the compagnie Grenade which comprised five key dancers from the Groupe Grenade.

Josette Baïz's wish is to continue to enhance this choreographic repertoire by continuing to partner artistically with French and international choreographers; by taking part in cutting-edge and original multidisciplinary projects and, as such, initiating encounters and exchange.

Source : Grenade - Josette Baïz Cie 's website

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Riolon, Luc

After studies of mathematics preparatory class and medecine studies, Luc Riolon begins to make films within the framework of his Faculty of Medicine, then met the famous choreographers of the 80s (Maguy Marin, Mark Tompkins, Josef Nadj, Daniel Larrieu Daniel, Odile Duboc, Josette Baiz, Angelin Prljocaj, etc.) with whom he shoots numerous films (re-creation for the camera, the illegal securements). In the 80s with the American choreographer Mark Tompkins he introduces the video on the stage, broadcasting live on big screens the images which he shoots with his camera by being on the stage with the dancers, mixing live images and pre-recorded images. With Daniel Larrieu he participates in the creation of the famous show WATERPROOF, the contemporary choreography which takes place in a swimming pool, by filming live) the dancers dancing in the water and mixing the live images with pre-recorded underwater images. This choreography has been shown in many countries (USA, Canada, Spain, England…)
Then he collaborates during 10 years with the famous french TV producer Eve Ruggieri for her programs" Musics in the heart ". He shoots with her of numerous documentaries about classical music, opera singers and dance. From 1999 he directs documentaries of scientific popularization, by following researchers attached to the resolution of a particular ecologic enigma. These two artistic and scientific domains which can seem separated are nevertheless, for Luc Riolon, connected by the same approach : the deep desire to understand the world, by the art or by the scientific research, and to restore it to the largest number. Among his recent scientific documentaries, we can quote for example " The Enigma of the Black Caiman ", Living and dying in the swamp " or " The Nile delta: The end of the miracle ". “Chernobyl, a natural history ? “ These documentaries of scientific popularization recently have been awarded in international festivals.

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Grenade - Josette Baïz

Artistic direction: Josette Baïz

Creation: 1998

Compagnie Grenade was created in 1998 by Josette Baïz, a logical follow-up to the work she began in 1992 with the Groupe Grenade (children and teenagers).  Its dance studios, located in Aix-en-Provence, France, comprise of a dozen professional dancers, most of who come from the Groupe Grenade. 

The dancers, including some who have worked with Josette Baïz for 20 years (and they’re still under 30 today!), have invented, with Josette, the characteristic cultural mix typical to Grenade, each bringing his or her own background – Eastern, Asian, African or urban – and integrating it into the contemporary world of the choreographer. 

Their creations are therefore a perpetual research where the leitmotif is to open ones mode of expression.

The style of Josette Baïz was built by the approach of other choreographers of her generation and American masters such as Nikolaïs and Merce Cunningham, the teaching experience of Odile Duboc and Susan Buirge and artistic collaborations with Jean-Claude Gallotta.

Over the years, the Compagnie Grenade has been further enriched by hosting several dancers from different choreographic horizons

Concurrently, some dancers from the Compagnie Grenade have continued their adventures with other companies (Maguy Marin, Dominique Boivin, Angelin Preljocaj, Compagnie Malka, Abou Lagraa, Carolyn Carlson, Pierre Droulers …), to discover other choreographic styles.

In this spirit, Josette and her dancers continue their research by being constantly open to techniques (contact – improvisation, Limon technique, Graham, Cunningham…), a good reason to regularly invite outside teachers and form artistic collaborations based on encounters and exchange.

Source : Compagnie Grenade 's website

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La tête à l'envers

Artistic direction / Conception : Josette Baïz

Choreography : Josette Baïz

Choreography assistance : Magali Fouque, Stéphanie Vial

Interpretation : Hector Amiel, Roman Amiel, Nermine Biagi, Maréva Bouillé, Zhina Boumdouha, Théo Brassart, Ethel Briand, Jossilou Buckland, Victoire Chopineaux, Manon Collins, Lise Davoine, Chloé Deplano, Thelma Deroche-Marc, Coline Duriez, Joanna Freling, Mathis Fruttero, Lou Gautron, Naomi Givord, Sarah Green, Emma Grimandi, Jade Hamadi, Marius Iwasawa-Morlet, Nina Koch, Mona Lapasset, Tristan Marsala, Juliette Marty, Dourha Mimoun, Lilith Orecchioni, Lise Peronne, Léna Porzizek, Lina Rachid, Tess Revol, Lilly-Rose Richard, Bérénice Rieux, Tom Rouby, Jade Roux, Martin Sigaud, Maxence Siol, Lison Szymkowicz, Arthur Vallière, Nao Vally, Sandro Villena, Eva Vuillemin

Stage direction : Josette Baïz

Text : Dominique Dyby

Original music : Felix Sabal Lecco

Video conception : Luc Riolon

Lights : Luc Riolon

Costumes : Josette Baïz - Claudine Ginestet

Technical direction : Erwann Collet

Sound : Luc Riolon

Other collaborations : Deuxième camèrea Marie Blachon

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Administration : Fanette Escallier ; Monique Brin - Production : Eva Journeaux ; Barbara Pierson ; Stéphanie Vial - Communication : Stéphanie Soubra

Production / Coproduction of the video work : 59Terre - Avec le soutien : Soutiens financiers : Ministère de la Ville et de la Préfecture des Bouches-du-Rhône dans le cadre du dispositif « Quartiers d’été » ; L'Onda - Office national de diffusion artistique et du dispositif « Écran vivant ». Collaborations : la FOL26 - Fédération des Oeuvres Laïques de la Drôme, Maritima TV, Mairie Le Tholonet, Service technique de la ville du Tholonet et le Pavillon Sainte Victoire – centre de danse, 24 images productions et Girelle Production et Multimedia.

Duration : 41 minutes

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