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Satie : le ballet mal fagoté [transmission 2015]

Satie : le ballet mal fagoté [transmission 2015]

Satie : le ballet mal fagoté [transmission 2015]

Choreography by Michèle Dhallu
A choreographic extract remodelled by the group Petits Pas - La Fabrique corps et graphique (Simorre), as part of the “Danse en amateur et repertoire” programme (2014) (a programme created to assist and promote amateur dancing).

The group
In the rural world of Le Gers, the association Petit Pas groups some fifteen teenage girls and young adults, advanced-level students in the jazz dance school of Émilie Saintlos, and the classical and contemporary dance school of Marieke Simons (former étoile of the Ballet du Capitole). The aim is here to break down the barriers between genres, resulting in workshops where the listening work is enhanced by the vibrant presence of a musician. Michèle Dhallu, the choreographer of the piece selected for the “Danse en amateur et repertoire” national meeting, has first-hand experience of the artistic and pedagogical world of Marieke Simmons. Also, the work under her leadership offers the group members a substantial modification in their approach to gestures, in a markedly contemporary light.

The project
Mixed when it was created, the number of six dancers of Satie : le ballet mal fagoté is kept identical for the current project. The young female dancers working on it were selected according to their determination and open-mindedness rather than for their technical prowess. The extract proves to be most accessible in this respect, with its duos, trios and group sequences. Emphasis is placed more on the interpretative quality and the actual meaning to give to presence on the stage. Satie’s writing is original in this: the gestural instructions consist of handwritten annotations that embellish its musical score. Once the words have been submitted to the game of gestural translation, the work required is essentially that of an artistic and cultural understanding. 

The choreographer
Michèle Dhallu wishes to preserve the swing and energy of her jazz dance origins. She is part of the Nouvelle Danse Française (New French Dance) generation, nurtured by the lessons of the American moderns. She created her first work in 1986. In 1992, she resolutely opted for creation aimed at young audiences that she approaches as an area of openness: children are confronted with unusual worlds, and parents find themselves having to dialogue and share emotions. Composed in 2001, Satie : le ballet mal fagoté takes the form of an unsettling concert. This piece highlights the attitude of a hair-raising composer, showing scant respect for society’s codes, eclectic and innovative, committed and scornful. 

Dhallu, Michèle

Michèle Dhallu wishes to preserve the swing and energy of her jazz dance origins. She is part of the Nouvelle Danse Française (New French Dance) generation, nurtured by the lessons of the American moderns. She created her first work in 1986. In 1992, she resolutely opted for creation aimed at young audiences that she approaches as an area of openness: children are confronted with unusual worlds, and parents find themselves having to dialogue and share emotions. 

Composed in 2001, Satie : le ballet mal fagoté takes the form of an unsettling concert. This piece highlights the attitude of a hair-raising composer, showing scant respect for society’s codes, eclectic and innovative, committed and scornful.

Zeriahen, Karim

From live stage images to life in images, the  director and video artist Karim Zeriahen seems to have found the  shortest way. Since the beginning of the 90s, when he worked in close  relationship with choreographer Philippe Decouflé, he learned how to put  the art of stage in motion, contemporary dance most of the time. Karim  Zeriahen then starts a fruitful collaboration with Montpellier based  choreographer Mathilde Monnier. Stop, Videlilah, day of night, short  films adapted from her stage creations. Each time, Karim Zeriahen's   camera takes over the place with movement, the body language is not  frozen but magnified. Choreographer Herman Diephuis also joins this  gallery of dancing portraits. Documentaries on figures such like Albert  Maysles or Hubert de Givenchy and from Joe Dalessandro to Paul  Morrissey, he sets a signature, a camera always in action with  confidence.

Today the director goes further with a new  project and tracks the subtle movements of the body language beyond the  physical appearance. A collection of living portraits as unique pièces  reminding us of the master portraitists of renaissance. These living  natures consists in filming the subject in a certain amount of time,  almost still, with signs of respiration, eye blinks, as if it were  posing for a painting. They are then displayed on a flat screen with a  memory card. With this collection starting, Karim Zeriahen, with his  documentary and artist vision, interrogates himself about the virtual  world filled with images. By taking a pause, and his models with him, he  questions the way we look at things, the way we look at life.


Source: Philippe Noisette 


En savoir plus: www.karimzeriahen.com

Satie : le ballet mal fagoté [transmission 2015]

Choreography : Michèle Dhallu

Interpretation : Marie Chambert, Yane Corfa, Cloé Danflous, Célia Desplan, Lou Gautier, Philippine Mutin

Additionnal music : Erik Satie

Other collaborations : Extrait chorégraphique remonté par le groupe Petits Pas - La Fabrique corps et graphique (Simorre), dans le cadre de Danse en amateur et répertoire (2014) - Transmission Michèle Dhallu (chorégraphe), Neige Salinas (danseuse-interprète)

Duration : 14 minutes

Danse en amateur et répertoire

Amateur Dance and Repertory is a companion program to amateur practice beyond the dance class and the technical learning phase. Intended for groups of amateur dancers, it opens a space of sharing for those who wish to deepen a practice and a knowledge of the dance in relation to its history.

Laurent Barré
Head of Research and Choreographic Directories
Anne-Christine Waibel
Research Assistant and Choreographic Directories
+33 (0)1 41 83 43 96
danse-amateur-repertoire@cnd.fr

Source: CN D

More information: https://www.cnd.fr/en/page/323-danse-en-amateur-et-repertoire-grant-programme

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