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Lost in burqa

(création 2011)

Conception Héla Fattoumi/Éric Lamoureux Based from the works of Majida Khattari

Performers Matthieu Bajolet, Marine Chesnais, Anaïs Dumaine, Mélanie Giffard, Sandrine Kolassa, Philippe Rouaire, Pierre-Emmanuel Sorignet, Moustapha Ziane Sound Engineer Éric Lamoureux Lighting design and scenography Xavier Lazarini Dresser Yolaine Guais Production Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie Coproduction école supérieure d'arts & médias de Caen

With Lost in burqa, the choreographers Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux appropriate visual artist Majida Khattari's «garnment-sculptures», unique works which redefine and displace the burka, niqab or safsari, this continuing Fattoumi and Lamoureux's exploration of the representation of the viel, initiated in their solo Manta.
Wearing them as textile sculptures in motion, and guided by the poetic potential of each garment, the performers tackle - in unsettling and un expected movement - the symbolic and imagined connotations of the hijab, this sometimes-imposed item of attire whose primary nature stems from «to remove from view or isolate a body or object». Lost in burqa takes on an unaccustomed relationship with the audience, who surround the performance, hiding it from view, framing it.

Fattoumi, Héla

Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux founded the Compagnie FATTOUMI/ LAMOUREUX in 1988. Their first work Husaïs was awarded the prize for best first piece at the Bagnolet International Choreographic Competition in 1990, then their trio Après-midi  received the “New Talents” prize from the SACD in 1991. These two  pieces placed them as leaders of the new generation of contemporary  choreographers and brought them international renown.

A space for research whose source is the intermingling of their individual features.
  From piece to piece, they mine the intrinsic intelligence of the body,  its power to reveal meaning, which can also be thought as a part of  movement.
  Several other important pieces were created in the same vein as Husaïs: Si loin que l’on aille (at the Théâtre de la Bastille and the Théâtre de la Ville, 1992); Fiesta (commissioned by the Avignon Festival, 1992); Asile Poétique (at the Théâtre de la Ville, 2000) based on texts by the poet Antonio Ramos Rosa; Wasla, ce qui relie… (at the Lyon Dance Biennial, 1998); Vita Nova (at the Grande Halle de la Villette, 2000) with the 11th graduating class of the National Center for Circus Arts.
  These pieces show choreographic work linked to the ideas of mastery/  nonmastery, strength/ fragility, minimalism/ performance, a dance whose  expressive weight is charged by a “graphic energy.”

They were appointed directors of the CCN of Caen/  Basse-Normandie in 2004, where they continued their work with pieces  focusing on societal issues.
  These works were La Madâ’a (at the Arsenal in Metz, 2004) with the Joubran brothers, Palestinian virtuosi on the oud; Pièze (a “pressure measurement”) and La danse de Pièze  (at the Festival Dialogue de corps, Ouagadougou, 2006 and the Théâtre  de la Bastille), about the idea of “homosensuality” in the Arab-Muslim  world; Just to dance… (the Espace des Arts in Chalon-sur-Saône, 2010), a piece about the idea of “creolization” developed by Édouard Glissant; MANTA,  a solo created at the Montpellier Festival in 2009 and performed on  tour (Tokyo, Séoul, Berlin, Tunis, Brussels, Stockholm, Oslo), based on  the problem inherent in wearing the niqab; Lost in burqa, (at  the Festival danse d’ailleurs, 2011) a performance for 8 dancers, based  on the “clothing-sculptures” by the Moroccan plastician Majida Khattari;  Masculines (at the Arsenal de Metz, 2013) and on the representations of the feminine on both sides of the Mediterranean.

They are reactivating a choreographic research recharging itself with the expressive and poetic potential of dance.
Une douce imprudence co-signed with Thierry Thieû Niang (at the  Festival Ardanthé 2013, and the Théâtre National de Chaillot, 2014) on  the idea of “Care”; Waves, a commission for the Swedish opera  company NorrlandsOperan and its symphony orchestra, under the auspices  of Umeå 2014, European cultural capital, for which they are associated  with the Swedish singer and composer Peter von Poehl.

They also chose to step outside theatres to work in situ in other reactive contexts.
  In February 2009, they created the performance Stèles as part of a special “Nocturne”, a commission from the Louvre Museum.
  In 2008 they created Promenade at the Grand Palais, imagining a dialogue with the monumental sculptures of Richard Serra.
  In January 2012 they created Circle, inviting the audience into  the center of a circular structure where dance goes wild with the  massed collective energy of 26 professional and amateur dancers.
  In 2013, as part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival they stepped  inside the exhibition “Summer at the water’s edge” at the Beaux-Arts  Museum of Caen for a choreographic Flânerie (wandering).

Creation of the Festival Danse d’Ailleurs (Dance from Elsewhere) (2005)
  Beginning in 2005, they founded the Festival Danse d’Ailleurs whose  vocation is to put back into perspective the idea of universalism while  questioning referent frameworks for modernity in art, relating to  cultural horizons.
  The first four editions focused on artists from the vast, diverse  African continent and brought international recognition to the event,  and the following editions opened as far as Asia, linking with the Hot  Summer Festival in Kyoto, Japan.

Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux are fully committed to the promotion and the defense of choreographic art.
  From 2001 to 2004, Héla Fattoumi was the dance vice president of the  SACD (Société des Auteurs Compositeurs Dramatiques). She was also in  charge of programming the section called ”Vif du sujet” at the Avignon  Festival.
  From 2006 – 2008, she was the President of the ACCN (Association of the  National Choreographic Centers). From 2010 – 2013 Éric Lamoureux took  over the Presidency; he is now the vice president.
  From 2013 to 2015, Héla Fattoumi has been the president delegated to long-term planning at the SYNDEAC.

In March 2015 Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux were named  Directors of the Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté in  Belfort, for which they are developing their VIADANSE project.

Lamoureux, Éric

Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux founded the Compagnie FATTOUMI/ LAMOUREUX in 1988. Their first work Husaïs was awarded the prize for best first piece at the Bagnolet International Choreographic Competition in 1990, then their trio Après-midi  received the “New Talents” prize from the SACD in 1991. These two  pieces placed them as leaders of the new generation of contemporary  choreographers and brought them international renown.

A space for research whose source is the intermingling of their individual features.    From piece to piece, they mine the intrinsic intelligence of the body,  its power to reveal meaning, which can also be thought as a part of  movement.    Several other important pieces were created in the same vein as Husaïs: Si loin que l’on aille (at the Théâtre de la Bastille and the Théâtre de la Ville, 1992); Fiesta (commissioned by the Avignon Festival, 1992); Asile Poétique (at the Théâtre de la Ville, 2000) based on texts by the poet Antonio Ramos Rosa; Wasla, ce qui relie… (at the Lyon Dance Biennial, 1998); Vita Nova (at the Grande Halle de la Villette, 2000) with the 11th graduating class of the National Center for Circus Arts.    These pieces show choreographic work linked to the ideas of mastery/  nonmastery, strength/ fragility, minimalism/ performance, a dance whose  expressive weight is charged by a “graphic energy.”

They were appointed directors of the CCN of Caen/  Basse-Normandie in 2004, where they continued their work with pieces  focusing on societal issues.    These works were La Madâ’a (at the Arsenal in Metz, 2004) with the Joubran brothers, Palestinian virtuosi on the oud; Pièze (a “pressure measurement”) and La danse de Pièze  (at the Festival Dialogue de corps, Ouagadougou, 2006 and the Théâtre  de la Bastille), about the idea of “homosensuality” in the Arab-Muslim  world; Just to dance… (the Espace des Arts in Chalon-sur-Saône, 2010), a piece about the idea of “creolization” developed by Édouard Glissant; MANTA,  a solo created at the Montpellier Festival in 2009 and performed on  tour (Tokyo, Séoul, Berlin, Tunis, Brussels, Stockholm, Oslo), based on  the problem inherent in wearing the niqab; Lost in burqa, (at  the Festival danse d’ailleurs, 2011) a performance for 8 dancers, based  on the “clothing-sculptures” by the Moroccan plastician Majida Khattari;  Masculines (at the Arsenal de Metz, 2013) and on the representations of the feminine on both sides of the Mediterranean.

They are reactivating a choreographic research recharging itself with the expressive and poetic potential of dance. Une douce imprudence co-signed with Thierry Thieû Niang (at the  Festival Ardanthé 2013, and the Théâtre National de Chaillot, 2014) on  the idea of “Care”; Waves, a commission for the Swedish opera  company NorrlandsOperan and its symphony orchestra, under the auspices  of Umeå 2014, European cultural capital, for which they are associated  with the Swedish singer and composer Peter von Poehl.

They also chose to step outside theatres to work in situ in other reactive contexts.    In February 2009, they created the performance Stèles as part of a special “Nocturne”, a commission from the Louvre Museum.    In 2008 they created Promenade at the Grand Palais, imagining a dialogue with the monumental sculptures of Richard Serra.    In January 2012 they created Circle, inviting the audience into  the center of a circular structure where dance goes wild with the  massed collective energy of 26 professional and amateur dancers.    In 2013, as part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival they stepped  inside the exhibition “Summer at the water’s edge” at the Beaux-Arts  Museum of Caen for a choreographic Flânerie (wandering).

Creation of the Festival Danse d’Ailleurs (Dance from Elsewhere) (2005)    Beginning in 2005, they founded the Festival Danse d’Ailleurs whose  vocation is to put back into perspective the idea of universalism while  questioning referent frameworks for modernity in art, relating to  cultural horizons.    The first four editions focused on artists from the vast, diverse  African continent and brought international recognition to the event,  and the following editions opened as far as Asia, linking with the Hot  Summer Festival in Kyoto, Japan.

Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux are fully committed to the promotion and the defense of choreographic art.    From 2001 to 2004, Héla Fattoumi was the dance vice president of the  SACD (Société des Auteurs Compositeurs Dramatiques). She was also in  charge of programming the section called ”Vif du sujet” at the Avignon  Festival.    From 2006 – 2008, she was the President of the ACCN (Association of the  National Choreographic Centers). From 2010 – 2013 Éric Lamoureux took  over the Presidency; he is now the vice president.    From 2013 to 2015, Héla Fattoumi has been the president delegated to long-term planning at the SYNDEAC.

In March 2015 Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux were named  Directors of the Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté in  Belfort, for which they are developing their VIADANSE project.

Laly, Sophie

Born in 1973, Sophie Laly graduated from the Dijon School of Fine Arts in Dijon, France. She creates video installations and videos that question and dissect notions of time and space-time. Her work is inspirational, spanning several different fields such as cinema, biology and physics. She became a film projectionist in Paris in 1999. Because of personal interest, she has developed a close connection with contemporary dance, creating films for choreographers ; Daniel Larrieu, Alain Buffard, Christian Rizzo, Emmanuelle Huynh, Latifa Laâbissi, Boris Charmatz, Christian Rizzo, David Wampach, Deborah Hay, Marco Berettini, Yves-Noel Genod, Carlotta Sagna, Lionel Hoche, Laure Bonicel, Thierry Baë, Sylvain Prunenec, as well as for the SACD (since 2007, for the « Sujets à Vifs » at the Festival d'Avignon).

She has participated as artistic collaborator and/or video artist in different projects : Emmanuelle Huynh (Ligne d'arrivée, 2004), Rachid Ouramdame (A l'oeil nu, 2003/2005, Les morts pudiques, 2004, Cover, 2005), Richard Siegal (Stranger/stranger report, 2006), Daniel Larrieu, (video-controls for Waterproof, 2006), Latifa Laabissi (Habiter, 2007), Dysfashionai - adventure in post-style (Luxembourg 2007), Elisabeth Naud and Luc Poux, architects (spatial design of a slideshow for their exhibition at the Galerie d'Architecture Paris - 2008), has directed filmed portraits for the Agence Pargade Architecte for the exhibition Subjectiver le lieu at the Galerie d'Architecture Paris (2012), has worked with Kader Attia for the editing of his videographic performances since 2011. Since 2008, she has collaborated with Christian Rizzo as video artist and assistant director on several projects : mon amour (2008), ni cap, ni grand canyon (2009, for the Opéra de Lyon), l'oubli, toucher du bois (2010), le bénéfice du doute (2012), Erwartung, Pierrot Lunaire, La Voix humaine (2010, operas produced by the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse) and Tannhäuser (2012, production of the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse). She created also with Christian Rizzo an installation / concert néo-fiction (2012) for the festival On the boards at Seattle.

She has been commissioned by the Musée de la danse / CCN Rennes/Bretagne - Boris Charmatz, to direct a film about the children of the project Enfants, a creation by Boris Charmatz for the Festival d'Avignon (2011). In 2011, she got a Fundation Beaumarchais grant for the writing of a feature film. PA, the shortest of her films, has just been rewarded by the CHERIES-CHERIS 2012, International Gay, lesbian, bi and trans film Festival in Paris (LGBT).

 

FILMOGRAPHY

Dance films :

more than 60 between 2002-2012

Art video :

2011 : big crunch

2010 : Singel man

2010 : LESS THAN A MINUTE

2008 : PA - Awards: Festival Chéries Chéris, Paris 2012 –Very short film / Nokia Paris-Roma Contest 2008

2007 : nous ne sommes pas

2005 : le vent a recommencé et de nouveau le ciel est devenu noir

2004 : N/EVER - prizewinning film – « Entraînements “ - Film And Video Contest - Association Edna and Siemens Arts Program

2002 : EVERY-

1999 : « on croit toujours qu'ailleurs c'est mieux » - interactive movie with a remote control

Art installation :

1999 : DON'T LET ME DOWN

1999 : « si tu savais à quel point… » Pénélope, 1999.

1998 : Trouble taking place

1998 : How could you dare ?

1998 : Repère. Point de départ.

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