Retrospective: 2001 [EN]
À l'occasion des 30 ans des Centres Chorégraphiques Nationaux, 30 pastilles qui évoquent à travers un montage d’archives l’histoire des CCN, des chorégraphes et de la danse en France ces 30 dernières années ont été créées.
Focus sur l'année 2001 et les productions de François Verret, Josef Nadj, Jérôme Bel, Christian Rizzo.
A trained architect, he discovered dance in 1975 with Karine Saporta for whom he also performed. He continued his training with Susan Buirge and Jacques Patarozzi, whilst pursuing research with a variety of partners. After spending a year with Hideyuki Yano and Elia Wolliaston, he founded his own group in 1979. A prize-winner at the Bagnolet International Choreographic Contest in 1980, he rather quickly distanced himself from institutional production and dissemination channels and developed partnerships with various artists, on the fringe: actors, musicians, dancers, visual artists, lighting designers. In 1994, he settled in the suburbs of Paris and opened his own place, the Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, a hub for research and creation which he directed until 2000.
Whilst building on great literary works (from Goethe to Péguy, Kafka, Melville, Musil and Faulkner), he remains committed to the idea of “choreographing reality” by questioning space and gestures, and privileges experimentation, processes. His works are metaphorical and question social and political aspects or explore the value of work and memory, human enigma. Although his work queries public space and reflects a strong ethical standpoint, his poetics, akin to Kafka’s world, lead him to imagine performances whose structures are complex, where bodies and machines fall prey to incredible disruption. His highly-unusual creations walk the high-wire of derision and re-examine the relationship with the public.
Source : Irène Filiberti, Myriam Blœdé, Dictionnaire de la danse (dir. Philippe Le Moal), Larousse, 2008
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Josef Nadj was born in 1957 in Kanjiza, a province of Vojvodina in the former Yugoslavia, in what is today Serbia. Beginning in childhood, he drew, practiced wrestling, accordeon, soccer and chess, intending a career in painting. Between the ages of 15 and 18, he studied at the fine arts high school of Novi Sad (the capital of Vojvodina), followed by 15 months of military service in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Afterwards, he left to study art history and music at the Academy of Fine Arts and at the University of Budapest, where he also began studying physical expression and acting.
In 1980, he left for Paris to continue his training with Marcel Marceau, Etienne Ducroux. Simultaneously he discovered modern dance, at the time in a period of swift expansion in France. He followed the teachings of Larri Leong (who combined dance, kimomichi and aidido) and Yves Cassati, also taking classes in tai-chi, butoh and contact improvisation (with Mark Tompkins), began himself to teach the movement arts in 1983 (in France and Hungary), and participated as a performer in works by Sidonie Rochon (Papier froissé, 1984), Mark Tompkins (Trahison Men, 1985), Catherine Diverrès (l’Arbitre des élégances, 1988) and François Verret (Illusion comique and La, commissioned by the GRCOP, 1986).
In 1986 he founded his company, Théâtre JEL – “jel” meaning “sign” in Hungarian – and created his first work, Canard Pékinois, presented in 1987 at the Théâtre de la Bastille and remounted the following year at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.
Up to now, he is the author of about thirty performances.
In 1982, Josef Nadj completely abandoned drawing and painting to dedicate himself fully to dance, and would not begin showing his work again until fifteen years later. But in 1989 he began practicing photography, pursuing it without interruption to the present. Since 1996, his visual arts and graphic works, most often conceived in cycles or series – sculpture-installations, drawings, photos – have been regularly exhibited in galleries and theatres.
In 2006, Josef Nadj was Associated Artist for the 60th Festival of Avignon, presenting Asobu as the festival's opening performance in the Court of Honour of the Palais des Papes, as well as Paso doble, a performance created in collaboration with the painter Miquel Barcelo at the Celestins Church. In July 2010, he returned to present Les Corbeaux, a duet with Akosh zelevényi.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Anton Chekhov, Valery Shadrin, director of the Chekhov International Theatre Festival and Artistic Director of the Year 2010 France-Russia, invited Josef Nadj for the creation of a show dedicated to the playwright, which was performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Josef Nadj was present at the Prague Quadrennial of 16 to 26 June 2011. TheQuadrennial held in Prague since 1967, is the most famous event in the world for performing arts. More than sixty countries attended this year. Josef Nadj was selected to participate in the project "Intersection" based on intimacy and performance. An ephemeral village was created, which consisted of boxes (“white cubes / black boxes") that stood for thirty world-renowned artists, each one represented by a different box. Since 1995, Josef Nadj has been the director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans.
Source : Josef Nadj
En savoir plus : http://josefnadj.com/
In his early pieces (name given by the author, Jérôme Bel, Shirtology…), Jérôme Bel applied structuralist operations to dance in order to single out the primary elements from theatrical spectacle. The neutralization of formal criteria and the distance he took from choreographic language led him to reduce his pieces to their operative minimum, the better to bring out a critical reading of the economy of the stage, and of the body on it.
His interest subsequently shifted from dance as a stage practice to the issue of the performer as a particular individual. The series of portraits of dancers (Véronique Doisneau, Cédric Andrieux, Isadora Duncan…) broaches dance through the narrative of those who practice it, emphasizes words in a dance spectacle, and stresses the issue of the singularity of the stage. Here, formal and institutional criticism takes the form of a deconstruction through discourse, in a subversive gesture which radicalizes its relation to choreography.
Through his use of biography, Jérôme Bel politicizes his questions, aware as he is of the crisis involving the subject in contemporary society and the forms its representation takes on stage. In embryonic form in The show must go on, he deals with questions about what the theatre can be in a political sense—questions which come to the fore from Disabled Theater and Gala on. In offering the stage to non-traditional performers (amateurs, people with physical and mental handicaps, children…), he shows a preference for the community of differences over the formatted group, and a desire to dance over choreography, and duly applies the methods of a process of emancipation through art. Since 2019, for ecological reasons, Jérôme Bel and his company no longer use airplanes for their travels and it is with this new paradigm that his latest performances (Xiao Ke, Laura Pante...) have been created and produced.
He has been invited to contemporary art biennials and museums (Tate Modern, MoMA, Documenta 13, the Louvre…), where he has put on performances and shown films. Two of them, Véronique Doisneau and Shirtology, are in the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Pompidou. Jérôme Bel is regularly invited to give lectures at universities (Waseda, UCLA, Stanford…). In 2013, together with the choreographer Boris Charmatz, he co-authored Emails 2009-2010, which was published by Les Presses du Réel.
In 2005, Jérôme Bel received a Bessie Award for the performances of The show must go on given in New York. Three years later, with Pichet Klunchun, he won the Routes Princesse Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (European Cultural Foundation) for the performance Pichet Klunchun and myself. Disabled Theater was chosen in 2013 for the Theatertreffen in Berlin and won the Swiss “present-day dance creation” prize. En 2021, Jérôme Bel and Wu-Kang Chen received the Taishin Performing Arts Award for the performance Dances for Wu-Kang Chen.
Source : Jérôme Bel 's website
More information : jeromebel.fr
Christian Rizzo was born in 1965 in Cannes. His artistic career began in Toulouse, where he started a rock band and designed a line of clothing, after which he studied fine arts at the Villa d'Arson in Nice, then unexpectedly branched out into dance.
In the 90s he performed with a number of contemporary choreographers including mathilde monnier, herve robbe, mark tompkins and georges appaix, and sometimes created soundtracks and costumes for them as well.
He also worked with choreographers with a different artistic approach, such as vera mantero, catherine contour, emmanuelle huynh and rachid ouramdane.
In 1996 he founded l'association fragile and began presenting events, dancing objects, solos and group pieces, as well as various projects and commissioned work in fashion and the visual arts.
Since then, over thirty projects have borne fruit, not counting his pedagogical activities. Christian rizzo teaches on a regular basis in art schools in France and abroad, as well as in establishments devoted to contemporary dance.
On January 1st, 2015, Christian Rizzo takes the lead of the National Choreographic Center of Montpellier. Now called ICI (International Choreographic Institute), the CCN offers a transversal vision of creation, training, artistic education and openness to the public.
Source : Website of ICI, CCN of Montpellier
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Author, director & editor.
My artistic approach is focused on reality and its diversion, with a fascination for archives and actors.
After signing a series on false job interviews for unusual professions, I continued with docu-fiction short films that aroused the interest of the advertising community. So I started making advertisements for the canvas.
Currently I focus on writing and directing with professional actors or not, and the cinema of reality in very short forms.
I work with cultural actors and NGOs.
Source: Bérénice Meinsohn website
More information : meinsohn.film
Retrospective : 1984 - 2018
Artistic direction / Conception : Julie Charrier (production et direction artistique), Laurent Duret (production et idée originale), Bérénice Meinsohn (montage et réalisation), Christophe Parre (chef de projet)
Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Jérémy Aubert
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Céline Roux (conseillère historique et recherche archives)
Text : Sabine Glon
Additionnal music : Charlie Adamopoulos
Other collaborations : Hortense Volle (voix)
Production / Coproduction of the video work : L’Association des Centres Chorégraphiques Nationaux Le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / Direction Générale de la Création Artistique La SACD et copie privée avec la participation du Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’image animée Et en partenariat avec Le Théâtre National de Chaillot Les Inrocks www.numeridanse.tv La Gaïté Lyrique