Myriam Gourfink, un Temps autre
Un Temps autre is structured around 4 works by Myriam Gourfink: Corbeau, Les Temps tiraillés, Choisir le moment de la morsure and Marine. By capturing the work sessions and the actual performances, Eric Legay throws light on the complexity of the choreographer’s approach. Infinitely slowed down, guided by breath, dance is transformed to be perceived as never before, in a renewed relationship to time and space.
Myriam Gourfink uses yoga techniques to elaborate movements of extreme slowness. For her, only breath, linked with the ground and air, can motivate them. This attention paid to breathing leads dancers towards another perception of the self and of the space surrounding them. The heart of the film is dedicated to the creation of Temps tiraillés, created in 2009 on a composition by Georg Friedrich Haas from a commission by the Ircam (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music). In this work, Gourfink submits her choreographic score to her six female dancers by means of suspended LCD screens. Invited to participate in its evolution, the dancers take time to focus on what they feel in the infinite elongation of gesture and also on how bodies brush past each other and meet. An experimentation where the multiple possibilities of the score allow the choreographer to create multiple imaginary spaces.
Dancer & choreographer born in 1968.
The respiratory techniques of yoga are at the source of Myriam Gourfink’s endeavors. The idea is to seek after the inner urge that leads to movement. Guided by breath, the organization of bases of support is extremely exact, while the consciousness of space is shaky. The dance becomes slow, tedious within continuous time. This knowledge of movement and space makes possible the conception of choreographies without studio rehearsal. Thanks to what it suggests of a dance situation, there is no need to move in order to feel dance: the senses and the intellect reconstitute it.
As do musicians, she uses a symbolic writing system to compose the geometrical universe and poetic evolution of dance. Having studied Labanotation with Jacqueline Challet Haas, she undertook a quest, using this system as a point of departure, for the formalizing of her own compositional language. Each choreography encourages the performer to be conscious of his acts and of whatever passes through him. The scores activate his participation: he makes choices, carries out operations, confronts the unexpected within the written text, to which he responds instantly.
For certain projects, the scores include computer programs for the scrambling and real-time re-generation of the pre-written composition: the program runs the score in its entirety and generates millions of possible compositional sequences. The performer, via captor systems, guides the process of modification of the choreographic score, which they read on LCD screens. The computer setup is thus at the core of the space-time relationship. As the piece proceeds, it makes possible the structuring of as yet untried contexts.
A leading figure in choreographic research in France, but also the guest of numerous international festivals (springdance in New York City, the Künsten Arts festival in Brussels, the Festival de la Bâtie in Geneva, the Danças Na Cidade festival in Lisbon etc.), Myriam Gourfink was artist in residence at the IRCAM in 2004-2005 and at the national Fresnoy-studio for contemporary arts in 2005-2006. From january 2008 to march 2013 Myriam Gourfink has been director of the Program for Choreographic Research and Composition (PRCC) at the Royaumont Foundation. From 2012 to 2015 she is artist in residence at the Forum de Blanc-Mesnil.
Source : Myriam Gourfink website
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Myriam Gourfink, un Temps autre
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Eric Legay (réalisation), Red Star Cinéma, Des pas des figures, Télessonne, Cinaps Télévision (production), CNC, Centre Pompidou (participation)