The origin of Lou lies in the encounter between the choreographer Mickaël Phelippeau, whose bi-portraits have gradually turned his choreographic project into a tool for studying intersubjectivity, and Béatrice Massin, whose Fêtes Galantes promotes the renaissance of baroque dance. Lou is Lou Cantor, a young performer, trained by Béatrice Massin since her childhood. Consistent with his approach favouring the individual, dialogue and evolving practices, Mickaël Phelippeau conceived this portrait as a levelling: a blank page, allowing for a comprehension of Lou Cantor’s apprenticeship in dance, alongside the trajectory leading from the birth of a gesture to its being put into action. In this way, each element in space – the score, steps, music, costumes –put back together a piece of the enigma: what links an individual with their practice? With Lou, the pleasure of precisely placing each gesture – the position of the feet, the legs, arms and hands – emphasises the basic dimension which is at play: with different versions of Aria della Folia, space and motion become structured, sketching out in the background the story of a body being constructed by baroque dance, from childhood to adulthood.
Source: programme of the CN D
After training in visual arts and dance, Mickaël Phelippeau worked with many choreographers (including Mathilde Monnier, Alain Buffard and Daniel Larrieu), and from 2001 to 2008, with Clubdes5, a collective of dancers and performers. Since 2003, he has focussed mainly on his research on the step Bi-portrait, prétexte à la rencontre (pretext for the meeting). He created the choreographic pieces bi-portrait Jean-Yves (2008) and bi-portrait Yves C. (2009), Round Round Round (2010), Numéro d'objet (2011), Sueños and Chorus (2012).
Since 2010, Mickaël Phelippeau has been director artistic of À domicile residence in Guissény and from, 2011 to 2014, is an associate artist with the Quartz Scène nationale de Brest. From September 2012, he has also been an associate artist with the Théâtre de Brétigny.
Further information: Association bi-p
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Choreography : Mickaël Phelippeau
Interpretation : Lou Cantor
Set design : Abigail Fowler
Additionnal music : Lully, extraits des Folies d’Espagne, air pour Madame la Dauphine ; Rachmaninov, extraits de Folia, variations sur un thème de Corelli
Lights : Abigail Fowler
Costumes : Clémentine Monsaingeon
Technical direction : Assistant lumières et régie générale Thierry Charlier
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Enregistré au CND le 2 octobre 2020
Duration : 34 minutes