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Opéra Goude - L'Aventure de la Marseillaise

Ministère de la Culture 1989

Choreographer(s) : Decouflé, Philippe (France)

Present in collection(s): Ministère de la Culture

Video producer : Téléma, Arcanal, La Sept, Canal +

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Opéra Goude - L'Aventure de la Marseillaise

Ministère de la Culture 1989

Choreographer(s) : Decouflé, Philippe (France)

Present in collection(s): Ministère de la Culture

Video producer : Téléma, Arcanal, La Sept, Canal +

en fr

Opéra Goude

The elaboration of the parade designed by Jean-Paul Goude for the bicentenary of the French Revolution was a huge undertaking, to which this film wished to bear witness. From the first presentation of the project to the President of the Republic to the first rehearsals in the various countries, right through to the spectacular parade of July 14th 1989, this was a great adventure from an insider’s perspective.

 Jean-Paul Goude summoned to this festival - this grandiose French-style carnival - all the countries who share a revolutionary past with France. Gérard Stérin reveals the problems occurring from the start of the adventure through to the last minute of the show, thus letting us measure the extent of the challenge posed by this epic undertaking. To pay tribute to peoples in a spirit of parody and irony, Jean-Paul Goude erased the military aspect of the parade by associating with it, to joyful rhythms, music and dance that are the first means of expression of freedom. The gigantic silent drum leading the way in memory of the students of Tiananmen square thus assumes a tragic dimension, a moving contrast recalling the real meaning of this festive day.


Source : Guillaume Courcier

Decouflé, Philippe

Dancer, choreographer, director and art director


As a child, I dreamt of becoming a comic book artist. Drawing is usually the start of my creative process. I just throw out ideas and sketch out pictures that pass through my head. My culture is comics, musicals, nightclub dancing, and also Oskar Schlemmer, the Bauhaus choreographer. Discovering photos of characters from his Triadisches Ballett was a revelation for me. I had always wanted to work with simple geometric shapes like cubes and triangles. I liked seeing how these lines and volumes behaved with each other. Alwin Nikolaïs taught me the importance of light and costume, and the confidence you need to mix everything together. Technically, it was Merce Cunningham who taught me the most about dance. I was taking video courses he was giving in New York. It was fascinating. That’s where I learned how to solve problems of distance and geometry, and the basic principles of optics and movement. Tex Avery inspired me a lot in thinking up gestures that are almost impossible to do. I’ve always kept something of that desire to create something strange, extreme or crazy in my movements. I’m looking for a dance style that’s off-balance, always on the verge of toppling over. With influences like the Marx Brothers, for example, and in particular Groucho Marx, I’ve developed a taste for naughty risk-taking, and comic repetition of mistakes.


Source : Philippe Découflé


More information : cie-dca.com

Opéra Goude

Artistic direction / Conception : Jean-Paul Goude, Gérard Stérin (réalisation)

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Production : Téléma, Arcanal, La Sept, Canal + Participation : CNC, ministère de la Culture, de la Communication, des Grands Travaux et du Bicentenaire

Duration : 99'

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