Red Notes [extrait 1]
Andy De Groat, une histoire post-moderne
To perpetuate the work of Andy De Groat: this is the mission that the young Centre chorégraphique international de nulle part (CCINP andy de Groat) has set itself. Red notes is the first show that the group has chosen to revive, twenty years after its final performances. Created in 1977, it is one of the emblematic pieces of Andy De Groat’s “American period”, so much so that he named his company Red Notes after moving to France a few years later. Danced to texts by Gertrude Stein and a score by Philip Glass, Red notes attests to Andy De Groat’s affinities with the post-modern and minimalist movement. While its structure is rigorous, the piece mixes amateurs and professionals, and young and old, as is often the case in the choreographer’s repertoire. To revive Red notes, the CCINP tasked a research group to examine the archive resources (notes, notations, photos, videos, and so on) –and to rediscover the “more natural body, free of narrative constraints” intended by Andy De Groat. The piece is presented as part of a programme comprising Fan dance and Rope dance translations.
Source: programme of the CND
De Groat, Andy
Andy De Groat was born in 1947 in the United States into a family of Dutch, Italian, French, German and English origins. Whilst studying at the New York School of Fine Art in 1967, he met the director Robert Wilson. He joined his troupe as a dancer, then as a choreographer for all the productions from Deafman Glance in 1971, A Letter for Queen Victoria in 1974 to Einstein on the Beach in 1976, created for the Avignon Festival.
In 1981, he received a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in New York for his choreographic research.
He created new works in succession for red notes, including several for Jean Guizerix, Wilfride Piollet, Jean-Christophe Paré, the Choreographic Research Group of the Opera of Paris (GRCOP), the Scala in Milan, Ris et Danceries, the Ballet du Nord (Roubaix) and Wah Loo Tin Tin Co, a Montauban-based company of young performers.
Today, his work totals over sixty creations that have been presented in around twenty countries and periodically goes back to questioning the repertoire and the heritage of dance.
His company has worked regularly on lyrical productions since 1988, in particular on "The Magic Flute" (Mozart), with Robert Wilson at the Opera Bastille, Paris, "The Rake's Progress" (Stravinsky), with Alfredo Arias for the Aix-en-Provence Festival of Lyric Art and at the Operas of Lyon, Gênes and Montpellier, "Aida" (Verdi) and Klaus Michael Grüber at the Amsterdam Opera.
Source : website of the Centre national de la danse (CND, Pantin)
Stéphane Caroff is Manager of the Image Division at the Centre national de la danse in Pantin.
Andy De Groat, une histoire post-moderne
Choreography : Andy De Groat - Réactivation CCINP - andy de groat
Interpretation : Stéphanie Bargues, Séverine Bennevault Caton, Katy Béziex (en alternance), Dominique Brunet (en alternance), Pierre Chauvin-Brunet, Laurent Crespon, Lola Kervroëdan, Tom Lévy, Lilou Magali Robert, Zowie Belhassen, Jeanne Boutillot, Lou Brezot, Jorge Castaneda, Rosalie Frecon, Véronique Labbé, Flore Laplace, Mona Marie, Esther Meunier, Angèle Michard, Sarah Muller, Élodie Raison, Francesca Veneziano, Claudia Waldmann
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Martin Barré
Text : Gertrude Stein
Original music : Philip Glass, Michael Galasso
Costumes : Suzanne Veiga Gomes
Technical direction : Régie générale Éric Fassa
Other collaborations : Notation en cinétographie Laban Vincent Lenfant et Noëlle Simonet - Administration Marie Maubert
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Enregistré à la MC93 - Maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis à Bobigny, le 17 juin 2022 dans le cadre de l'exposition "Andy De Groat, inspirations et libertés". Extrait de la soirée "Andy De Groat, une histoire post-moderne"
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