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A panting woman, a bit groggy, in a disused hammam. Every time she moves, her head jerks back and she lets out a scream. A man arrives, they are separated by a glass window. To the chirping of a string orchestra, they pursue each other without being able to touch. This is followed by a sudden choreographic raptus and a change of setting with embraces in black plastic strips; finally they dance together.
The image of women in Bouvier-Obadia’s choreographies and films is often based on a contradictory energy that makes them hesitate between total submission and the brutal rejection of their partner. Alone, something is missing, but when the other is there, he quickly becomes unbearable. La Lampe is the masterful staging of this paradoxical feeling that is the essential articulation of the writing of the two choreographers. The film was awarded four prizes in 1991, including the jury special prize at the Festival International du Jeune Cinéma de Montréal and the Grand Prix for Image Quality at the FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art).
Source : Patrick Bossatti
In 1980 Joëlle Bouvier created the company L'Esquisse with Régis Obadia. Together, they have produced 15 choreographic works performed around the world and co-produced 4 short films, recipients of awards in numerous festivals and produced several videos, including "Casser la Voix", by Patrick Bruel. She was co-director at the CCN in Le Havre from 1986 to 1992, and at the CNDC in Angers from 1993 to 2003.
2004, she created the Cie Joëlle Bouvier and set up a creative workshop at the Scène Nationale des Gémeaux, in Sceaux, from 2004 to 2008.
2015 she returned to ballet at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva for the creation of Tristan & Isolde - Salue Pour Moi Le Monde, with the music of Richard Wagner.
At the same time as she was actively creating, Joëlle Bouvier was invited to produce events, such as a display activity at the Printemps department store in Paris in March 2002, and June 2007. In August, 2006, she performed for the launch of a new Chinese cosmetic product at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, then in China. Since 2012, she has worked with Maison Hermès on a show about shoes, presented in Hermès subsidiaries around the world.
Source: The Company Joëlle Bouvier 's website
More information : joellebouvier.com
Régis Obadia was born in 1958 in Oran, Algeria. He studied dance from 1976 to 1979 at the Institut des Arts et du Mouvement, run by Françoise et Dominique Dupuy, and was initiated into theatre by Jacques Lecoq. In 1980 he formed the l'Esquisse company with Joëlle Bouvier. Their earliest pieces thrust the pair into the national and international limelight.
Directors of the Centre National de la Danse Contemporaine, Le Havre from 1986 to 1992, they were appointed artistic directors of the CNDC, Angers in 1993, renamed CNDC l'Esquisse, which they directed until 2003.
Since 1998, Régis Obadia has pursued a solo creative career.
An important figure in modern dance since the early 1980s, Régis Obadia has marked the memories of those who have seen him with the feverish sensuality and powerful gestures of his pieces. With the founding of his own company in 2003, he asserted his distinctive style and his open-mindedness by working just as happily in the field of theatre as that of pure dance. His regular collaborations with Russia, in partnership with Lisa Wiergasova, have won him prestigious prizes, including a Golden Mask in 2004 for his choreography of “The Rite of Spring”, and a Seagull in 2004 for his direction of “The Idiot” at the Moscow
Chaika Festival. After “The Rite of Spring” to Stravinsky's music, he composed “Réversibilité” (2005), inspired by Baudelaire's “Les Fleurs du Mal” and “Trois” (2006), set to Schubert's “Death and the Maiden”, performed at the Théâtre Sylvia Montfort, Paris. During this time he also produced the Dominique Mercy documentary “Danse Pina Bausch” (2003), in homage to the iconic German choreographer.
Source : the company Régis Obadia's website
Choreography : Joëlle Bouvier, Régis Obadia
Interpretation : Joëlle Bouvier, Régis Obadia
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Arcanal, MC Le Havre, Ina, CR Haute-Normandie, films Angle d'ailes