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Pléiades

a concert of music and dance

Pléiades

a concert of music and dance

Pléiades

extract from 33min20 to 36min10

Pléiades

Composed by Iannis Xenakis, Pléiades was originally a commission from the City of Strasbourg in 1979 for the Percussions de Strasbourg and the Ballet du Rhin. Having now become a key reference in contemporary music, the work has been performed in concert all over the world, however losing its choreographic vocation along the way. Alban Richard wished to revive this original link with dance by creating a “music and dance concert” that brings together six dancers and six percussionists on stage.

Conceived as a danced concert, each musical section gives rise to a specific spatialisation of percussion on stage, reconfiguring the space of dancers and musicians towards a progressive fusion between music and dance.

  

Richard, Alban

Alban Richard discovered contemporary dance while he was pursuing literary and musical studies. From the late 1990s, he worked for various choreographers such as Odile Duboc, Olga de Soto and Rosalind Crisp.

In 2000, Alban Richard founded Ensemble l'Abrupt for which he created about thirty very different pieces, always in close interaction with a musical work whose writing and formal structure he questioned. Consequently, each creation opens up new research and a new performance style, setting itself apart from the previous one. The way he develops his shows, using restricted improvisations to devise the work directly on stage, encourages the performers to become creators of their own dance.

Alban Richard has collaborated with the Alla francesca ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Ensemble intercontemporain, IRCAM and the Cairn, Instant Donné and Alternance ensembles, as well as with composers Arnaud Rebotini, Sebastian Rivas, Erwan Keravec, Jérôme Combier, Laurent Perrier, Raphaël Cendo, Robin Leduc, Paul Clift, Wen Liu and Matthew Barnson.

A prolific choreographer, Alban Richard is regularly invited by ballets and companies, both internationally (Canada, Lithuania, Norway) and in France, to create commissioned works.

Since 2015 he has been artistic director of the centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, with a project based on both his practice as an author and on connecting with the territory and its inhabitants.

More information : https://ccncn.eu/english/

Les Percussions de Strasbourg,

Founded in 1962, the Percussions de Strasbourg are world-renowned  ambassadors of musical creation. With their exceptional repertoire, the  group performs twentieth century masterpieces and commissioned new works  with the same concerns: to bring life to a contemporary heritage while  revisiting it constantly, and to continue to innovate in a context of  artistic diversification.

Since its foundation, the group still  stands at the heart of creation, thanks to its particular connections  with contemporary composers and the diversity of its abilities in terms  of musical formats: from duo to octet, from acoustics to electronics,  from recitals to musical theater and dance, etc …

Having been  dedicated more than 350 works, the group continues to maintain and  develop its unique instrumentarium in the world. It has recorded many  times and has received around thirty international awards, including a  Victoire de la musique classique in 2017, which the Percussions de  Strasbourg label won for its first record release, Burning Bright by  Hugues Dufourt.

The daily commitment of the ensemble to  educational activities is reflected in their various actions,  particularly with the public in Hautepierre where the ensemble is in  residence.

www.percussionsdestrasbourg.com

Simon, Nicolas

Initiated to music and cinema by his two older brothers Nicolas Simon quickly becomes a cinephile and begins to direct short films as a teenager.

After a training in audiovisual professions at ESRA Bretagne, where he directed two short films in 16 millimeters, he met Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh in 2004 and discovered contemporary dance. In 2008, he directed « Making Rainbow », which traces the five months of creation of the first edition of the show "Rainbow" in Rennes.

He then co-directed «Le Grand Éléphant - l’Aventure des Constructeurs» an incursion of nearly two years in the premises of the association "The Machine" to follow with its builders the birth of the Grand Elephant Island of Nantes .

While continuing to work regularly with many choreographers like Alban Richard or Daniel Dobbels, he has since made several documentaries, commercials or video clips as well as three seasons of the series « La Tête de l’Emploi » for France 3.

centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie

A place for dance open to everyone, where people come to see, dance and talk.

The centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie is a space of shared projects that questions the world in which we live, a receptive place where dance is at the heart of an artistic, political and civic-minded vision. It is a centre for the creation, hosting, production and dissemination of choreographic works, a hub that acts as a resource for training and research. It is a place shared with artists, residents, associations and cultural institutions, a place open to artistic creation and the contemporary repertoire.

Awakening curiosity, stimulating the desire for knowledge, opening up to differences, sharing real artistic, intellectual and human experiences – these are the challenges identified by Alban Richard for the centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie.

Pléiades

Artistic direction / Conception : Alban Richard

Interpretation : Céline Angibaud ou Yannick Hugron, Mélanie Cholet, Max Fossati, Massimo Fusco, Laurie Giordano, Kevin Jean

Live music : Pléiades de Iannis Xenakis (©Editions Salabert S.A.) Commanditaire : Ville de Strasbourg – Création Mondiale le 3 mai 1979 à Mulhouse, avec le Ballet du Rhin – Dédicataires : les Percussions de Strasbourg

Lights : Valérie Sigward

Costumes : Corinne Petitpierre

Other collaborations : Les Percussions de Strasbourg : Alexandre Esperet, Sébastien Hervier, Minh-Tâm Nguyen, François Papirer, Galdric Subirana, Thibaut Weber

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production déléguée centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie Coproduction ensemble l’Abrupt, Festival Montpellier Danse 2011 dans le cadre d’une résidence de création à l’Agora cité internationale de la danse, Arcadi Ile de-France, l’Arsenal de Metz, les Percussions de Strasbourg, le Théâtre Louis Aragon-scène conventionnée danse de Tremblay-en-France, la Scène nationale d’Orléans, le Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté à Belfort (accueil studio), le Centre chorégraphique national de Caen/Basse-Normandie (accueil studio). Avec le soutien de l’Adami – Administration des droits des artistes et musiciens interprètes et du Conseil général de la Seine-Saint-Denis. Les Percussions de Strasbourg sont soutenues avec constance et fidélité par le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / Direction régionale Grand Est, la Ville de Strasbourg, Mécénat Musical Société Générale, la Région Grand Est, le Conseil départemental du Bas-Rhin, la SACEM, la SPEDIDAM, l’ADAMI, l’Institut Français, le Bureau Export de la Musique française.

Duration : 1h10

Pléiades

https://ccncn.eu/evenement/pleiades/ 

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