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Biennale de la danse 1996 - Director : Picq, Charles

Choreographer(s) : Rodrigues, Lia (Brazil)

Present in collection(s): Biennale de la danse

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Biennale de la danse 1996 - Director : Picq, Charles

Choreographer(s) : Rodrigues, Lia (Brazil)

Present in collection(s): Biennale de la danse

en fr


The dramatic universe of this work develops through the different moments experienced by mothers and their infinite work: babies, buckets, basins, diapers... Every day, the same thing! The origin of the word mother is apparently one. In Latin “mère”, in Greek “meter”, in German “mutter”, in French “mère”, in Sanskrit “ma” or “mata”. And everything must have started with one of the fundamental sounds of the species, which is the baby asking to be suckled. In MA, the choreographer was in tune with the vigorous universe of the woman as creator and provider.

Source: Lia Rodrigues

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Rodrigues, Lia

Born in Brazil, Lia Rodrigues, after training as a classical ballet dancer in São Paulo, founded the Groupo Andança in 1977. Between 1980 and 1982 she resided in France where she joined the Maguy Marin company. On her return to Brazil, she founded her own company, the Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças.

In addition to producing all her shows, in 1992 Lia Rodrigues created the contemporary dance Festival, Panorama da Dança, which she directed until 2005. Since 2004 she has developed artistic and didactic actions in the Maré favela, where she created, in partnership with Redes da Maré, the Centro de Artes da Maré in 2009, and in 2012 the Escola livre de Danças da Maré. 

She was awarded by the French government the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2014, she was awarded the Prize of the Prince Claus Fund followed, in 2016, by the SACD choreographic prize / France.

Her recent creations include Pororoca (2009), Piracema (2011), Pindorama (2013) and Para que o céu não caia (To prevent the sky from falling) (2016).

Picq, Charles

Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
   On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.

His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
       - He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
       - He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
       - He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
       - He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.

       - He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.

His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.

He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).

Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças

 Founded in 1990, in Rio de Janeiro. Stimulating reflection, providing spaces for debate, raising other people 's awareness of contemporary art issues, generating intellectual and emotional encounters, in addition to supporting and investing in the training and information of new audiences are just a few. - some of the actions that the company has been developing since its creation. The Company remains active throughout the year, with courses, repertoire rehearsals and research and creation work, always in collaboration with the artist-dancers, and tours not only throughout Brazil but also in the whole world. 

In 2003, Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças was invited by Silvia Soter to collaborate with Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré, in Morro do Timbau, where she transferred her daily activities, helping to build and ensure the maintenance of a suitable place for dance, in addition to offering classes and workshops for young people in the community and donating a large collection of dance videos and books. 

In 2007, the company, still in partnership with Redes da Maré, launched a new project in the Nova Holanda community, in Maré. The creation of the Center des Arts Maré (CAM), a place of sharing, coexistence and exchange of knowledge, aimed at the training, creation, dissemination and production of the arts. CAM, in addition to being the headquarters of Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças, hosts, among other initiatives, the Free School of Dance of Maré. In addition to shows, the company organizes and offers conferences, debates and workshops, aimed at beginners as well as dance professionals. The Company has already supported other dance companies or artists who had no support or sponsorship such as: Paula Nestorov, Duda Maia, Gustavo Ciríaco, Frederico Paredes and Carmen Luz. 

Source: Lia Rodrigues' Website

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Choreography : Lia Rodrigues

Original music : Zeca Assunçāo

Lights : Milton Giglio

Costumes : Cica Modesto

Settings : Keller Veiga

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Lia Rodrigues Companhia de danças, Biennale de la danse

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Biennale de la danse - Charles Picq, 1996

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