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Retrospective: 2013

Numeridanse 2015

Choreographer(s) : Vo-Dinh, Emmanuelle (France) Lebrun, Thomas (France) Attou, Kader (France) Rizzo, Christian (France)

Present in collection(s): Numeridanse , 30 ans danse - Version Française

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Retrospective: 2013

Numeridanse 2015

Choreographer(s) : Vo-Dinh, Emmanuelle (France) Lebrun, Thomas (France) Attou, Kader (France) Rizzo, Christian (France)

Present in collection(s): Numeridanse , 30 ans danse - Version Française

Video producer : 24images production

en fr

Retrospective: 2013

On the occasion of the  30th anniversary of the National Choreographic Centers, 30 pastilles  which evoke, through an archival montage, the history of the NCCs,  choreographers and dance in France over the past 30 years have been  created.
Focus on the year 2013 and the productions of Emmanuelle Vo Dinh, Thomas Lebrun, Kader Attou, Christian Rizzo

Vo-Dinh, Emmanuelle

Having worked as a dancer, principally under François Raffinot at the Centre chorégraphique national du Havre (National Choreography Centre of Le Havre), Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh created the company Sui Generis in Le Havre in 1998. If her early writing created a “figurative” body (Anthume ou la sensation du membre fantôme (Anthume or the sensation of a phantom limb), 1998) which favoured the singularity of each dancer, the choreographer gradually began to tackle more abstract work, using themes like neurology or psychiatry (Texture/Composite, 1999, Sagen, 2001).

With Décompositions (Décompositions) (2003), Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh embarked on a cycle of pieces (CROISéES (Crossed) 2004; White Light, 2005; ici/Per.For, 2006) which marked a very clear break from the preceding pieces. The principle of “repetition” allows a reflection on rhythm and space. More abstract and contemplative in nature, this work invites the spectator to experience pieces with a hypnotic character.

Above and beyond the principles of choreography, which are reinvented using themes based on the perception of time (running away, memory), the choreographer regularly joined forces with other disciplines for her works, through artistic collaborations with artists like the composer Zeena Parkins, the visual artist Laurent Pariente and the writer Frédéric-Yves Jeannet.

Since 2007, Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh has created works that focus mainly on musical writing (Aboli Bibelot…rebondi, 2007; 5'24, 2008), and has also been influenced by certain aspects from the history of painting (Eaux-fortes (Etchings), 2007). Her works also use questions which run into and overlap her previous experiences, to bring them all together, while consistently challenging the methods of operation.  
Today, the choreographer's desire to create is about a way of writing which questions the role of figuration in abstraction, and places the dancer at the heart of the writing process (Ad Astra, 2009 and - transire -, 2010).

Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh also carries out teaching work with different target groups (students, teachers, professional dancers…) in the form of training courses, workshops, conferences and public rehearsals as well as in original works conceived specifically for amateur dancers (Double-jeux (Double-games), Metz, 2001; Rainbow, Rennes, 2008).

The Sui Generis company was based in Rennes from 2004 to 2011 and was in residence at the Triangle, a state-subsidised dance theatre, from 2007 to 2009.

In July 2011, Emmanuelle Vo Dinh was appointed by the Minister of Culture to succeed Hervé Robbe as the director of the centre chorégraphique national du Havre – Haute Normandie (National Choreography Centre of Le Havre -Upper Normandy), from January 2012.

Further information

Le Phare, CCN Le Havre

Updating: July 2013

Lebrun, Thomas

Thomas Lebrun has danced for Bernard Glandier, Daniel Larrieu, Christine Bastin, Christine Jouve and Pascal Montrouge, and founded the Illico company in 1998, after composing the solo “Cache Ta Joie!“. Based in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, he was first of all an associated artist at Vivat, Armentières (2003-2005) before taking on a similar role in 2006 at Danse à Lille CDC (Centre for Choreographic Development). “On prendra bien le temps d'y être”, “(La) Trêves” “Les Soirées What You Want?”, “Switch”, “Itinéraire d'un danseur grassouillet” and now “La Constellation Consternée” are all works that are also aesthetic worlds which are explored, allying demanding and precise dance with an assertive theatricality.

Thomas Lebrun has also composed a number of pieces in collaboration, notably with the Swiss choreographer Foofwa d'Imobilité (“Le Show” / “Un Twomen Show”) and the French choreographer Cécile Loyer (Que tál!), and makes training and teaching a priority. She teaches at the CND (National Dance Centre) in Pantin and Lyon, Ménagerie de Verre, La Rochelle Conservatoire, Balletéatro de Porto, etc.

He has also choreographed for foreign companies, such as the Liaonning National Ballet in China, Grupo Tapias in Brazil (a solo and, in 2009, a quintet for the Year of France in Brazil) and for Loreta Juodkaité, the Lithuanian dancer

in the 2009 edition of the New Baltic Dance Festival in Vilnius et for FranceDanse Vilnius managed by  CulturesFrance (Vilnius, European cultural capital 2009).

In 2012, Thomas Lebrun becomes the new artistic director for the Centre chorégraphique national de Tours.

Further information

CCN Tours

Last update : May 2011

Attou, Kader

Kader Attou is a dancer and choreographer from the company Accrorap. Athina, in 1994, marked the beginnings of the company set up with Mourad Merzouki, Eric Mezino and Chaouki Saïd, in Lyon. This show is a success that manages to transpose hip hop dance from the streets to the stage. Alone, he then created Prière pour un fou (1999) to renew the dialogue that the Algerian tragedy made improbable.
Douar (2004), conceived within the framework of the year of Algeria in France, questions the problems of the exile of young people from the districts of France and Algeria. Petites (2008) recounts popular France based on burlesque sketches. In 2008, Kader Attou was appointed director of the National Choreographic Center of La Rochelle, thus becoming the first hip hop choreographer to head an institution. In 2018, he reunited with his early partner, Mourad Merzouki, with whom he created Danser Casa for the Montpellier Danse Festival. In 2019, he resumed a version for the street of The Roots with the dancers of the N.I.D. Epsedanse by Anne-Marie Porras for the Montpellier Dance Festival. Since 2022, he has settled in the Friche la Belle de Mai in Marseille.

Source: Montpellier danse

Rizzo, Christian

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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