Feeding on the adventures of historical characters (Marc-Antoine, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar...) or cinematographic characters (Liz Taylor, Richard Burton) who lives in our collective memory, the choreographer Nasser Martin-Gousset offers us, with Péplum, a very personnal meditation about ambition and power, in which love holds a central place. A contemporary language to tell us a timeless story.
Source: Dance Biennial 2006
After some experience in theatre, Nasser Martin-Gousset studied dance at the Conservatoire National de Région in Lyon. He then collaborated with a number of photographers including Karine Saporta, Dominique Petit, Christine Bastin, Jacques Pattarozzi, Hervé Jourdet, Sacha Waltz, Meg Stuart, Wanda Golonka and Josef Nadj. In addition to his work as a performer, he co-choreographed 'La Petite Représentation' with Annie Legros and choreographed a solo, 'Babelogue', followed by 'The Marriage'.
He founded the company La Maison and continued his work as a choreographer with a duet, 'Alléluia', shown at the Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris. He produced 'Solarium' and 'Bleeding Stone' at the Ménagerie de Verre. Nasser has revisited the solo 'Babelogue Return' for the the Îles de Danses.
Outside his own creations, he has continued to collaborate with different choreographers and directors such as Yves Beaunesne and Josef Nadj. He produced 'Neverland' and composed a piece for three performers, 'Solarium Return'. In May 2005, he composed the solo 'Pop Life' as part of the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales in Seine-Saint-Denis. His live piece 'Péplum' was designed for ten dancers and three musicians for the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon.
In 2008, the adventure continued for Nasser Martin-Gousset, with 'Comedy', and in 2010 he produced 'Pacifique', both of which showed at the Théâtre de la Ville.
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
Artistic direction / Conception : Nasser Martin-Gousset
Choreography : Nasser Martin-Gousset
Interpretation : Barbara Schlitter, Carole Gomez, Panagiota Kallimani, Laurie Young, Olivier Dubois, Filipe Lourenço, Mathieu Calmelet, Smaïn Boucetta, Thomas Chopin
Set design : Nasser Martin-Gousset
Live music : Steve Argûelles
Video conception : Quentin Descourtis, Julien Delmotte
Lights : Renaud Lagier
Costumes : Hélène de Laporte
Sound : Steve Argûelles, Nasser Martin-Gousset
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : La Maison / Biennale de la danse de Lyon, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Chateau Rouge (Annemasse), Ménagerie de verre (Paris), L'apostrophe - Scène Nationale (Cergy-Pontoise)
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Biennale de la danse - Charles Picq, 2006