Micro is an energetic experience which attempts to grasp the different poetries of the rock concert and which, through the physicality of the performers, allows the music to be heard but also seen. By starting with different restrictions of movement and space, Pierre Rigal gets his musician-actor-dancer partners to compose music which is playful, romantic, raging and harrowing. This music, referred to as “pre-post-rock” becomes the fruit of this deployed energy and Pierre Rigal, like some Alice surrounded by Wonders, becomes its physical manipulator.
“micro is a kind of physical concert, a microscopic opera which presents pre-musical creatures on stage. They emerge gradually out of a moving instrumental landscape. Electricity, like sonic haemoglobin, invades the space and connects the elements together. In a carnal body-to-body with the instruments, these absurd monsters are gradually transformed and become, like hunting hounds, the sound on which they might feed. The adolescent energy of rock slowly recaptures these strange stage beasts. Trance – convulsive, comic or demoniac – carries them off on a voyage which flirts with the frontiers of music. Along the way they come across some gentle songs to pacify them and slow down their eventual overcharging. Their mythology is down-to-earth, raw, technical and organic, but also full of humour and poetry. micro recounts how body and music interact, as the vibrations in the air and those of the flesh connect with each other. The human being is a musical animal; the rocker is a musical monster.”
Source : Pierre Rigal
Born in 1973 in Moissac, France.
Top athlete, specialist in 400m and 400m steeple races, Pierre Rigal obtained a degree in mathematical economics at the university of social sciences of Toulouse, then a bachelor’s degree in cinema at the superior school of audiovisual in Toulouse.
While he was training as a dancer, he met choreographers such as Heddy Maalem, Bernardo Montet, Wim Vandekeybus, Nacera Belaza, Philippe Découflé and stage directors such as Mladen Materic and Guy Alloucherie.
In 2002 he was part of the company Gilles Jobin for the creation of the piece « Under Construction » and the revival of « The Moebius Strip » (2003-2006).
At the same time, he worked as a director for video clips and documentary films, such as Balade à Hué that he directed in 2001 for the french broadcasting channel France 3.
In November 2003, Pierre Rigal founded the company dernière minute, conceived and performed his first play « erection » co-directed with Aurélien Bory at the Théatre National of Toulouse.
In June 2005, he performed for the choreographer Ariry Andriamoratsiresy in the solo « Dans la peau d’un autre » for the program ‘Vif du sujet’ produced by the SACD / Montpellier Danse.
In October 2006 he created the play « arrêts de jeu » with Aurélien Bory at the Théatre National of Toulouse.
In May 2007 he took part in the event « comme un été » at the Théatre National of Toulouse by presenting « La mort est vivante » a photo-photographic installation.
In February 2008, he was commissioned by the London Gate Theatre to create and perform a new solo : « Press » and « At the end » of 2008 he created the solo « Que serai-je serai-je » for the dancer Mélanie Chartreux who won the national competition of ‘Talents Danse Adami’.
In 2009, he created « Asphalte » a hip-hop theatre play for the Festival Suresnes Cités Danse and for the Maison de la Danse of Lyon.
During the 2010 Avignon festival, he presented « Micro » which was then hosted at the Théatre Vidy-Lausane in January 2011 for development and creation of the final version.
In July 2011 he directed the video clip « Give me a light » taken from the show micro.
In February 2012, he created « Standards », a piece for 8 hip-hop dancers for the 20 year anniversary of the Festival Suresnes Cités Danse, the longer version was developed for the Marseille Festival in June 2012. That same year, he created « Théâtre des opérations » a piece for 9 Korean dancers at the LG Arts Center in Seoul. The play then came to Europe at the Festival d’Automne in Normandy and at the Théatre du Rond-Point in Paris.
In 2013, Pierre collaborated with Jean-Michel Ribes for the revival of Théatre sans animaux and Emmanuel Daumas for the play « Anna », by specifically working on the comedians’ movement.
In July 2013 he created « Bataille » for the Avignon Festival, a piece for Hassan Razak and Pierre Cartonnet for the program Sujets à Vif. The full version of this duo was created on the 2nd of December 2013 at the Douai Hippodrome for the festival Les Multipistes.
Concurrently to this Pierre Rigal regularly gives workshops in different institutions, particularly at the Korean National Dance Company of Seoul or at the Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg.
Source: Cie Dernière Minute 's website
More information : pierrerigal.net
Artistic direction / Conception : Pierre Rigal
Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Sylvie Marcucci
Choreography : Pierre Rigal
Interpretation : Mélanie Chartreux, Malik Djoudi, Gwenaël Drapeau, Julien Lepreux, Pierre Rigal
Stage direction : Pierre Rigal
Live music : Mélanie Chartreux, Malik Djoudi, Gwenaël Drapeau, Julien Lepreux, Pierre Rigal
Lights : Frédéric Stoll
Costumes : Sylvie Marcucci
Sound : Joan Cambon et George Dyson
Other collaborations : Frédéric Stoll (machinerie)
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Sophie Schneider (directrice de production), Nathalie Vautrin (chargée de production) ; Production compagnie dernière minute Coproduction Théâtre national de Toulouse, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, TGP-CDN de Saint-Denis, Festival d'Avignon, MC2 Grenoble, Espace Malraux, scène nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie, La Scène nationale d'Albi, La Maison de la Musique de Nanterre avec le soutien du Gate Theatre London, de la DRAC Midi-Pyrénées, de la Région Midi-Pyrénées, du Conseil général de Haute-Garonne et de la Ville de Toulouse. Remerciements au Théâtre Garonne à Toulouse et au TAP, scène nationale de Poitiers et au Théâtre de la Cité Internationale à Paris. La compagnie dernière minute reçoit le soutien de la Fondation BNP Paribas pour le développement de ses projets
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