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The Loss of your Embrace

Commissioned for the thirteen dancer-performers of the COLINE professional training school, class of 2016-18

The Loss of your Embrace

Commissioned for the thirteen dancer-performers of the COLINE professional training school, class of 2016-18

The Loss of your Embrace

Performed to a nostalgic but electronic soundtrack, The Loss of your Embrace takes the figure of the embrace as achoreographic motif. Two people hugging, fondling, embracing, kissing, entwining, carrying, holding and bearing each other.
When confronted with loss or rupture, how can we vitalise the absence of the other person’s body? From a ghost imprint how can we consider the void as a creative place of self-renewal? The young dancers of COLINE school respond to these questions avidly and energetically. 

Richard, Alban

Alban Richard discovered contemporary dance while he was pursuing literary and musical studies. From the late 1990s, he worked for various choreographers such as Odile Duboc, Olga de Soto and Rosalind Crisp.

In 2000, Alban Richard founded Ensemble l'Abrupt for which he created about thirty very different pieces, always in close interaction with a musical work whose writing and formal structure he questioned. Consequently, each creation opens up new research and a new performance style, setting itself apart from the previous one. The way he develops his shows, using restricted improvisations to devise the work directly on stage, encourages the performers to become creators of their own dance.

Alban Richard has collaborated with the Alla francesca ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Ensemble intercontemporain, IRCAM and the Cairn, Instant Donné and Alternance ensembles, as well as with composers Arnaud Rebotini, Sebastian Rivas, Erwan Keravec, Jérôme Combier, Laurent Perrier, Raphaël Cendo, Robin Leduc, Paul Clift, Wen Liu and Matthew Barnson.

A prolific choreographer, Alban Richard is regularly invited by ballets and companies, both internationally (Canada, Lithuania, Norway) and in France, to create commissioned works.

Since 2015 he has been artistic director of the centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, with a project based on both his practice as an author and on connecting with the territory and its inhabitants.

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Simon, Nicolas

Initiated to music and cinema by his two older brothers Nicolas Simon quickly becomes a cinephile and begins to direct short films as a teenager.

After a training in audiovisual professions at ESRA Bretagne, where he directed two short films in 16 millimeters, he met Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh in 2004 and discovered contemporary dance. In 2008, he directed « Making Rainbow », which traces the five months of creation of the first edition of the show "Rainbow" in Rennes.

He then co-directed «Le Grand Éléphant - l’Aventure des Constructeurs» an incursion of nearly two years in the premises of the association "The Machine" to follow with its builders the birth of the Grand Elephant Island of Nantes .

While continuing to work regularly with many choreographers like Alban Richard or Daniel Dobbels, he has since made several documentaries, commercials or video clips as well as three seasons of the series « La Tête de l’Emploi » for France 3.

centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie

A place for dance open to everyone, where people come to see, dance and talk.

The centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie is a space of shared projects that questions the world in which we live, a receptive place where dance is at the heart of an artistic, political and civic-minded vision. It is a centre for the creation, hosting, production and dissemination of choreographic works, a hub that acts as a resource for training and research. It is a place shared with artists, residents, associations and cultural institutions, a place open to artistic creation and the contemporary repertoire.

Awakening curiosity, stimulating the desire for knowledge, opening up to differences, sharing real artistic, intellectual and human experiences – these are the challenges identified by Alban Richard for the centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie.

The Loss of your Embrace

Artistic direction / Conception : Alban Richard

Choreography : Alban Richard

Choreography assistance : Daphné Mauger

Interpretation : Eve Bouchelot, Victor Brécard, Charlotte Cétaire, Elodie Cottet, Elsa Dumontel, Emilie Julie Facon, Maxime Gomard, Gaël Jehanin, Tom Levy-Chaudet, Gaïa Mérigot, Lucien Morineau, Hugues Rondepierre, Emilia Saavedra

Additionnal music : Röyksopp, chansons extraites des albums The Inevitable End et Do it Again et Ólafur Arnalds, album Island Songs

Lights : Alban Richard

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production Coline Coproduction Le Merlan scène nationale de Marseille Coline est subventionnée par la Ville d’Istres, le Conseil Régional PACA et le Conseil Départemental des Bouches du Rhône.

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