This series showcasing the leading works of two creators was initiated last year at the CN D. After Monnier/Marin and Mantero/Triozzi, Carlson and Diverrès take pride of place this spring. In their work, bodies become calligraphies, emblems of a subterranean world that is tragic and mysterious. Their dance is all about women, the movement of a body not split up playing with gravity, the energy of urges, expressiveness and a certain violence of the emotions. They are Carolyn Carlson and Catherine Diverrès, two choreographers producing a world of images and energies that draw on other worlds and encounters. Catherine Diverrès’s career has been marked above all by her trip to Japan to meet Kazuo Ôno, one of the founding choreographers of butô dancing. As for Carolyn Carlson, she left Alwin Nikolaïs for France in the early 1970s and has influenced several generations of performers and creators. In this programme, the two choreographers bring to the surface of their bodies, not their memory, and still less a distant past, but the vestige of what was for them a foundational experience. In Ô Sensei, Catherine Diverrès, accompanied by Katja Fleig, takes us back to the origins of her calligraphy, in a dialogue with the spirit of her (Sensei) master Kazuo Ôno, who died in 2010. Imbued with tiny variations and incantations, throbbing with ambiguous incarnations, her gestures sketch out a farewell that is repeated infinitely in the manner of unfolding time. In Short Stories, Carolyn Carlson touches on the invisible. From her famous solo Density 21,5 – which revolutionised the dance world 42 years ago and was passed on to Isida Micani – to Mandala danced by Sara Orselli, Carlson conjures dreams out of the air. But the eternal Water Lady lends her intense presence to Immersion, plumbing the unfathomable depths of the soul.
Carolyn Carlson’s solos showcase her spiritual and existential approach to dance. She describes them as ways of sharing the state of solitude that is peculiar to the human condition.
Mandala is an incarnation of the human heart beat, a constituent of the space universally shared by every being, from the beginning to the end of our existence. Here, lived time takes the form of the ensō, the circle of Zen Buddhism that symbolises both the universe and artistic perfection, which can only be achieved by a totally free spirit.
The circular patterns found in crop fields are another source of inspiration. They remain without explanation, like a message from a spirit force or from elsewhere, whose unexpectedly beautiful shapes leave a visual mark deep down in the soul. A similar mark is left by Michael Gordon’s powerful music. It carries the energy of the movements and strengthens them with the insistent undulation of a beat.
Sara Orselli gives substance to a piece that represents a culmination of the complicity established between Carolyn Carlson and her dancer over more than a decade.
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Source: CN D & Carolyn Carlson Company