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For us, this work, based on the writings of Samuel Beckett, was the basis for a secret decoding of our most intimate, most hidden, least known gestures. In it, the movement and theatrical atmosphere are at odds with the physical performance and aesthetic of the dancer. An attempt to draw attention to those minute or grandiose gestures, those many barely-noticeable, banal lives where waiting and ‘not quite still' stillness leaves a void, an immense nothing, a beach of silences full of hesitations. When Beckett's characters search only for stillness, they cannot help moving, a little or a lot, but they move. In this work which is theatrical in principle, for us the interest was to develop neither words nor speeches, but gesture in its broken-down form, and in so doing, search for the meeting point between the contracted movement of theatre on the one hand and dance and choreographic language on the other.
Source : Maguy Marin company
Born in Toulouse, dancer and choreographer Maguy Marin studied classical ballet at the Toulouse dance academy. She then joined the Strasbourg Dance Company and later Mudra, Maurice Béjart’s multi-disciplinary school in Brussels. In 1978, with Daniel Ambash, she founded the Ballet-Théâtre de l’Arche, which was to become the Compagnie Maguy Marin in 1984. The Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne followed in 1985: its unremitting artistic work spread worldwide.
In 1987, Marin’s encounter with musician-composer Denis Mariotte was the starting point of a decisive partnership, which broadened the scope of experimentation.
Then in 1998, a new place to settle in, for a new Centre Chorégraphique National, in Rillieux-la-Pape: a place as a we in time and space to strengthen one’s ability to foster those diagonal forces resisting oblivion (H. Arendt).
The year 2011 saw a remodelling of the framework in which the company’s reflection and achievements unfold. After the intensity of the Rillieux-la-Pape years, there emerged a need for a new phase in Toulouse from 2012.
In January, 2015, Maguy Marin and the company find the region of Lyon. An installation to ramdam to Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, who engages the deployment of a new ambitious project: RAMDAM, un centre d’art.
Source : Compagnie Maguy Marin
After studies of mathematics preparatory class and medecine studies, Luc Riolon begins to make films within the framework of his Faculty of Medicine, then met the famous choreographers of the 80s (Maguy Marin, Mark Tompkins, Josef Nadj, Daniel Larrieu Daniel, Odile Duboc, Josette Baiz, Angelin Prljocaj, etc.) with whom he shoots numerous films (re-creation for the camera, the illegal securements). In the 80s with the American choreographer Mark Tompkins he introduces the video on the stage, broadcasting live on big screens the images which he shoots with his camera by being on the stage with the dancers, mixing live images and pre-recorded images. With Daniel Larrieu he participates in the creation of the famous show WATERPROOF, the contemporary choreography which takes place in a swimming pool, by filming live) the dancers dancing in the water and mixing the live images with pre-recorded underwater images. This choreography has been shown in many countries (USA, Canada, Spain, England…)
Then he collaborates during 10 years with the famous french TV producer Eve Ruggieri for her programs" Musics in the heart ". He shoots with her of numerous documentaries about classical music, opera singers and dance. From 1999 he directs documentaries of scientific popularization, by following researchers attached to the resolution of a particular ecologic enigma. These two artistic and scientific domains which can seem separated are nevertheless, for Luc Riolon, connected by the same approach : the deep desire to understand the world, by the art or by the scientific research, and to restore it to the largest number. Among his recent scientific documentaries, we can quote for example " The Enigma of the Black Caiman ", Living and dying in the swamp " or " The Nile delta: The end of the miracle ". “Chernobyl, a natural history ? “ These documentaries of scientific popularization recently have been awarded in international festivals.
Choreography : Maguy Marin
Choreography assistance : Cathy polo, Christiane Glik
Interpretation : Ulises Alvarez, Preciosa Gil, Mychel Lecoq, Maguy Marin, Thierry Partaud, Caroline Picard, Ennio Sammarco, Marcelo Sepulveda, Kerrie Szuch, Adolfo Varges, Isabelle Saulle
Original music : Franz Schubert, Gilles de Binche, Gavin Bryars
Lights : Pierre Colomer
Costumes : Louise Marin
Technical direction : François Renard, Stephane Nee
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Compagnie Maguy Marin, Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Les Films Pénélope, 24 images