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Le Double de la bataille

CN D - Centre national de la danse 1999

Choreographer(s) : Diverrès, Catherine (France)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

Le Double de la bataille

CN D - Centre national de la danse 1999

Choreographer(s) : Diverrès, Catherine (France)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

Double de la bataille (Le) - impromptu

A confidential project due to its limited number of performances, “Le Double de la bataille” was created on 8 November 1999 for the “Impromptus” at the Mettre en Scène Festival at the Théâtre national de Bretagne (TNB). The principle of this exercise where two artistic disciplines confront each other, which brought about its creation, aimed to “give artists the opportunity to work on aspects that they do not normally work on, to launch themselves into adventures, to limit themselves to a very short timeframe, to take on work that is different from a “creative stance””. For Françoise du Chaxel, former Deputy Director of the TNB, it meant “privileging the moment instead of the duration, the accidental instead of the repetitive, instead of the continual, the measurable...” (creation dossier, October 1999).

With this new proposal, Catherine Diverrès would pursue work she had embarked on in 1994 and had undertaken for three consecutive years with students from the TNB school including eight actors, who had recently completed the curriculum and who would encounter here six dancers from the National Choreographic Centre of Rennes and Brittany (CCNRB). In October 1998 and April 1999, during two working periods focusing on the question “What does non-space mean to you?”, they imagined a way of taking over the theatre stage together, “elud[ing] the substance of words in order to master the space” (CCNRB programme, spring-summer 2000): “At the beginning, wrote Catherine Diverrès, we questioned space that delimits itself or that thinks it is infinite, words, light, love... and then thought about its opposite, what would be the non-space? The madness, the confusion between the other and myself, the non-communication. These two pillars formed the basis for our work”. (creation dossier, October 1999).

Tackling text and theatre, essential to the choreographer’s work, structures this exploratory periods explains F. du Chaxel: “[The performers] brought texts that talked about incommunicability, confinement, madness, (...) serious texts and funny texts, in the sense that humour is frequently used to hide despair”. (creation dossier, October 1999) Dostoyevsky and Racine rub shoulders with the poets Gherasim Luca, Nâzim Hikmet, and the testimonials of Marie Depussé, “relating the shattered mental space of the residents of La Borde (psychiatric clinic)”. The former Deputy Director of the TNB welcomed the outcome of this experience: “the dancers became familiar with the concrete aspects of theatre whilst the actors learned to master space” (F. du Chaxel, creation dossier, October 1999).

By revealing an extract from her personal notebook in the Mettre en Scène Festival programme, Catherine Diverrès presented her new proposal as follows: “We really need to have writers who do not invent characters but who address the living being, this core where we recognize something. (...) Today, I have the impression that I am moving towards more entertaining things, where humour, a certain distance, may play a role. (...) Grinding up, digesting the literary material voraciously, jubilantly and conscientiously projecting objectivized states of ourselves, fragments of feelings, naked, without words (or secretly with them), inventing a unique space which partially reflects, through flashes, a myriad of trajectories”. (Mettre en Scène Festival programme, TNB, 9-20 November 1999, p. 4)

A one-off reprise of the work was performed at the Théâtre de la Cité internationale, in Paris, in June 2000, within the framework of the conference “La danse et le texte, vers une dramaturgie du sensible?” (Dance and text, moving towards sensitive dramatic art?), organized with the National Dance Centre (CND).

The images presented here relate to a sequence of work.

Claire Delcroix

STATEMENT OF INTENT

“At the beginning, we questioned space that delimits itself or that thinks it is infinite, words, light, love... and then thought about its opposite, what would be the non-space? The madness, the confusion between the other and myself, the non-communication. These two pillars formed the basis for our work.
How were the texts chosen, how do the actor, the dancer become doubles, how do the voices, the narratives pair up in relation to this focus on space, non-space.
It was in this way that Dostoyevsky composed the character of Stavrogin in “Demons”, possessed by himself, by another inside himself, in lucid, criminal madness. Marie Depussé’s words reply to this character, words that demonstrate softness, infinite patience, essential for preserving the bodies, accompanying the chaotic gestures of madmen and women in their tortured mental space, with no points of reference, no limits. A non-space.  
How does space come into being: recognizing otherness, recognizing the other absolutely other, means understanding the responsibility that links us to others. The voices of the poets that reach us in fragments, in bursts, Nâzim Hikmet, Gherasim Luca, Jean Racine, open up the space with their verb. Entanglement between meaning and abstraction, fun and gravity, a stitch in place, a mesh in reverse or vice versa. A fragment of time. »

Catherine Diverrès, November 1999

Updating: October 2014

Diverrès, Catherine

Catherine Diverrès has said, “Conscience, our relationship with others, this is what creates time”, ever since her first choreographic creation. She is a sort of strange meteor, appearing in the landscape of contemporary dance in the mid-80’s. She stood out almost immediately in her rejection of the tenets of post-modern American dance and the classically-based vocabularies trending at that time. She trained at the Mudra School in Brussels under the direction of Maurice Béjart, and studied the techniques of José Limón, Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais before joining the company of Dominique Bagouet in Montpellier, then deciding to set out on her own choreographic journey.

Her first work was an iconic duo, Instance, with Bernardo Montet, based upon a study trip she took to Japan in 1983, during which she worked with one of the great masters of butoh, Kazuo Ohno. This marked the beginning of the Studio DM. Ten years later she was appointed director of the National Choreographic Center in Rennes, which she directed until 2008.

Over the years, Catherine Diverrès has created over thirty pieces, created her own dance language, an extreme and powerful dance, resonating with the great changes in life, entering into dialogues with the poets: Rilke, Pasolini and Holderlin, reflecting alongside the philosophers Wladimir Jankelevich and Jean-Luc Nancy, focusing also on the transmission of movement and repertoire in Echos, Stances and Solides and destabilising her own dancing with the help of the plastician Anish Kapoor in L’ombre du ciel.

Beginning in 2000, she began adapting her own style of dance by conceiving other structures for her creations: she improvised with the music in Blowin, developed projects based on experiences abroad, in Sicily for Cantieri, and with Spanish artists in La maison du sourd. Exploring the quality of stage presence, gravity, hallucinated images, suspensions, falls and flight — the choreographer began using her own dance as a means of revealing, revelation, unmasking, for example in Encor, in which movements and historical periods are presented. Diverrès works with the body to explore the important social and aesthetic changes of today, or to examine memory, the way she did in her recent solo in homage to Kazuo Ohno, O Sensei.

And now the cycle is repeating, opening on a new period of creation with the founding of Diverrès’ new company, Association d’Octobre, and the implantation of the company in the city of Vannes in Brittany. Continuing on her chosen path of creation and transmission, the choreographer and her dancers have taken on a legendary figure, Penthesilea, the queen of the Amazons, in Penthésilée(s). In returning to group and collective work, this new work is indeed another step forward in the choreographer’s continuing artistic journey.


Source: Irène Filiberti, website of the company Catherine Diverrès


More information: compagnie-catherine-diverres.com

Double de la bataille (Le)

Choreography : Catherine Diverrès

Interpretation : Aurélie du Boys, Carole Gomes, Cédric Gourmelon, Vincent Guédon, Osman Kassen Khelili, Isabelle Kürzi, Fabrice Lambert, Nolwenn le Du, Cécile Loyer, Nathalie Pochic, Anne de Queiroz, Györk Szakonyi, Vladimir Weiss, Rachid Zanouda, Vincent Voisin

Set design : Laurent Peduzzi

Text : Marie Depussé, Dieu gît dans les détails, La Borde un asile, POL 1993 ; Fedor Dostoïevski, Les Démons, Babel, 1995 ; Nazim Hikmet, « Un envieux » in Il neige dans la nuit et autres poèmes, Gallimard 1999 ; Gherasim Luca, « Le rêve en action », Seuil ; Jean Racine, Andromaque, acte V scène 3.

Additionnal music : Jeanne Moreau, valses brésiliennes, Erroll Garner, Tchaïkovsky, Alan Vega

Lights : Marie-Christine Soma

Costumes : Alain Burkath

Duration : 135 minutes

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