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Origami

In June 1998, the Japanese piece “Karada No Ongaku” was presented at the Art Tower in Mito. It was the result of extended work in isolation by the dancers of the ACM Dance Company on a choreographic proposal by Hervé Robbe. This reference module was then developed, deconstructed, transformed, nourished by the imagination of each performer, in order to compose three solos. This piece reveals the unusual paths of these Japanese dancers (Miki Asakura, Yoshifumi Wako), who refuse all exoticism.
In the search for a clash of cultures, Hervé Robbe wanted to create a continuation of this project with French dancers.
This new variation makes a reference to origami (the creation of a form by multiple folds), and is intended as a set of transpositions and re-appropriations of dance material. Early on, the video capture medium allows a virtual link to be created with the soloists of "Karada No Ongaku” and a new choreographic development for the French dancers can be imagined.
After this experimentation in isolation, a time of shared work became necessary.
Out of the contrasting cultural identities of the French and Japanese performers a multi-facetted dance emerges.


Source: Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie

Robbe, Hervé

Born in Lille in 1961. After studying architecture for a few years, Hervé Robbe set his sights on dance. He was principally trained at Mudra, Maurice Béjart's school in Brussels. He began his performing career dancing the neo-classical repertoire, then went on to work with various modern dance makers.

In 1987 he founded his company: le Marietta secret.

The course of his career is clearly founded on a constant renewal of his choreographic writing. Supported by loyal artistic collaborators, his work has become increasingly sophisticated over the years, associating the dance presence with visual, sound and technological worlds. His projects, polysemic works, take many forms: frontal performance, ambulatory shows and installations.

The place of the audience, its presence and view is decisive; the stage space is regularly called into question.

His arrival at the CCN (National choreographic Centre) of Le Havre Haute-Normandie offered more opportunities for his research.

In 1999 he composed his autobiographical solo Polaroïd. Within it, video images of places associated with his childhood appear and coexist with an uninterrupted physical display.

In 2000 he explored the theme of home with Permis de construire Avis de Démolition, a diptych consisting of an installation and a performance. He went on to tackle the theme of the garden in 2002 with Des Horizons Perdus.

In a world constructed with screens – virtual containers for the body, evokers of death – in the duet REW he engaged in a dialogue between man and woman on the theme of suicide. In 2004, with the group piece Mutating Score, he returned to the idea of the performance area being a common space occupied by both audience and dancers. This installation-dance, while reaffirming this conviction about the force of movement, marks the culmination of a project on the use of new technologies, which are integrated into the show in real time.

In 2006 he designed the installation So long as baby...love and songs will be, a kind of manifesto of the preoccupations which underlie his work. The device is a containing structure in which the audience is invited to watch and listen to the dancer-singers present on screen. Hervé Robbe distanced himself from the stage with this, then returned to it in the works Là, on y danse in 2007 and Next days in 2010.

While maintaining his personal approach in his own productions, he regularly accepts commissions from the Opéra de Lyon, the Gulbenkian Ballet, the CNSMDP (Paris Conservatoire) and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Source: Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie

Lee, Aldo

Aldo Lee has studied at the University of Witwatersand (South Africa) where he is received as Bachelor of Art, with the highest distinction, in 1989. In 1995, he takes part in the International Video Workshop for Dance (Glasgow). He moves to fiction with Sacrifice (drama, 30 mn) for which he is awarded the best short-movie prize at the South African Cinema festival. He directs several documentary films and is awarded the prizes for best documentary for La double vie de Dona Ermelinda (The Double Life of Dona Ermelinda, 52 mn) at the festival Vues d'Afrique, Montréal in 1995 ; and in 1999, for Fermiers Blancs, Terre Noire (White Farmers, Black Land, 52 mn) at the festival of the Dhow Countries, Tanzania.

He collaborates notably with artists Rainer Ganahl, Boris Achour, Yann Kopp, and particularly choreographers Hervé Robbe, Jérôme Bel, Rachid Ouramdane... For the association edna, he co-directs Horace-Benedict in 2001 with Dimitri Chamblas and collaborates with Boris Charmatz for his film Une lente introduction (A Slow Introduction, 2007). In parallel, he works regularly as cameraman and director for various projects broadcasted on Arte, France3 (Striptease) or Channel Four.

Origami

Choreography : Hervé Robbe

Interpretation : Miki Asakura, Hanna Hedman, Shlomi Tuizer, Yoshifumi Wako

Original music : Towa Tei, Aki Onda, Hidenobu Ito, Wishmountainisdead

Lights : Arnaud Lavisse

Costumes : Toshue Sano

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie

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