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[Sous le signe de] St Georges [transmission 2015]

[Sous le signe de] St Georges [transmission 2015]

[Sous le signe de] St Georges [transmission 2015]

Choreography by Régine Chopinot
A choreographic extract remodelled by the group ARC (Strasbourg), coach and artistic coordinator Sylvain Boruel, Michèle Rust, as part of the “Danse en amateur et repertoire” programme (2014) (a programme created to assist and promote amateur dancing).

The group
Is not a Conservatoire par excellence the place of amateur practice? Set up three years ago, the choreographic research workshop of the Conservatoire à rayonnement communal de Strasbourg (one thousand and two hundred dance students) is the spearhead of a reflection around this question. Its ten members (aged seventeen to fifty-two), with very varying levels and intensities of practice, have developed their work, particularly in the light of the acquisitions of the Carnets Bagouet, on the question of the transmission of contemporary writings. Today, the choice of Régine Chopinot’s St Georges, a piece inspired by the observation of Roman sculpture, enters into a citizen resonance with the celebrations of the one thousand year anniversary of Strasbourg cathedral. 

The project
As a rule little concerned by the sustainment of her own repertoire, Régine Chopinot became very actively committed to the invention of a variation based on St Georges. She was extremely demanding of this work, sharing in it her practice of yoga, which she initiated with this piece in 1991. The original process of observation of drawings describing sculptures from the Roman period was renewed. The choreographic singularity lies in the quest of the sources of movement from frozen graphic shapes. It also lies in the attention to detail, the drawing of faces, strong frontality, interlocking of bodies, and embedding of patterns in tightly-packed exhibition frames (mandorlas, friezes, pediments).

The choreographer
The figurehead of the Nouvelle Danse Française (New French Dance), Régine Chopinot directed the CCN de La Rochelle – Ballet Atlantique from 1986 to 2007. Distantly inspired by Merce Cunningham, she produced large-format pieces, bursting with originality, in resonance with the dynamic, optimistic and chromatic mood of the 1980s – in particular through a long-standing collaboration with the fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. In 1991, her work St Georges took on a more restrained tone, marking the start of the introduction of yoga in the everyday life of her dancers. For the last dozen years, Régine Chopinot has chosen more austere and demanding options, with political resonances. To date she has never concerned herself with the sustainment of her own repertoire. 

Chopinot, Régine

Régine Chopinot, born in 1952 in Fort-de-l'Eau (today known as Bordj El Kiffan), in Algeria, was attracted to choreographic art from early childhood. After studying classical dance, she discovered contemporary dance with Marie Zighera in 1974. She moved to Lyon where she founded her first company in 1978, the Compagnie du Grèbe, which included dancers, actors and musicians. Here, she created her first choreographies. Three years later, she was awarded second prize in the Concours chorégraphique international de Bagnolet (Bagnolet International Choreographic Contest) for “Halley's Comet” (1981), later known as “Appel d'air”. Her next pieces of work “Délices” (Delights) and “Via”, introduced other media including the cinema to the world of dance. In 1983 with “Délices”, Régine Chopinot began her longstanding partnership with the fashion designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, which would characterize the period, which included works such as “Le Défilé” (The Fashion show) (1985), “K.O.K.” (1988), “ANA” (1990), “Saint Georges” (1991) and “Façade” (1993). In 1986, Régine Chopinot was appointed director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Poitou-Charentes (Poitou-Charentes National Choreography Centre) in La Rochelle (where she succeeded Jacques Garnier and Brigitte Lefèvre's Théâtre du Silence), which went on to become the Ballet Atlantique-Régine Chopinot (BARC), in 1993. Régine Chopinot made a myriad of artistic encounters: from visual artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Jean Le Gac and Jean Michel Bruyère, to musicians such as Tôn-Thât Tiêt and Bernard Lubat.

At the beginning of the 90s, she moved away from – according to her own expression – “ultra-light spaces” in which, at a young age, she had become acknowledged, in particular through her partnership with Jean Paul Gaultier. She then became fascinated with experimenting on confronting contemporary dance with natural elements and rhythms and on testing age-old, complex body sciences and practices, such as yoga. In 1999, as part of “associate artists”, Régine Chopinot invited three figures from the world of contemporary dance to partner with her for three years on her artistic project: Françoise Dupuy, Dominique Dupuy and Sophie Lessard joined the BARC's troupe of permanent dancers and consultants-researchers, as performers, pedagogues and choreographers.

In 2002, she initiated the “triptyque de la Fin des Temps” (Triptych of the End of Time), a long questioning of choreographic writing and creation subsequent to her creation of a voluntary state of crisis of general notions of time, of memory and of construction. “Chair-obscur”, her first chapter, focused on erasing the past, the memory, whilst “WHA” was based on the disappearance of the future. “O.C.C.C.” dealt with the “time that's left”, with what is left to be done, with what can still be done, in that simple, yet essential spot called performance. In 2008, “Cornucopiae”, the last work created within the Institution, concluded the end of a form of performance and opened the doors to another approach to sensorial perception.

Concurrently to her choreographic work, Régine Chopinot worked, as a performer, with other artists that she was close to: Alain Buffard (“Wall dancin' - Wall fuckin'”, 2003; “Mauvais Genre”, 2004), Steven Cohen (“I wouldn't be seen dead in that!”, 2003). In addition, she trained and directed Vietnamese dancers as part of a partnership with the Vietnam Higher School of Dance and the Hanoi Ballet-Opera (“Anh Mat”, 2002; “Giap Than”, 2004). In 2008, the choreographer left the CCN in La Rochelle and created the Cornucopiae - the independent dance Company, a new structure that would, henceforth, harbour creation and repertoire, all the works of Régine Chopinot. In 2010, she chose to live and work in Toulon, by its port.

Since 2009, Régine Chopinot has been venturing, questioning and intensifying her quest for the body in movement linked to the strength of the spoken word, through cultures organized by and on oral transmission, in New Caledonia, New Zealand and Japan. These last three years have been punctuated by a myriad of artistic creations: choreographies and films resulting from artistic In Situ experiences were created as part of the South Pacific Project. A privileged relationship initiated in 2009 with the Du Wetr Group (Drehu/Lifou) bore its fruits with the creation of “Very Wetr!”at the Avignon Festival in July 2012 and went on to be reproduced at the Centre national de la danse (National Centre for Dance) in February 2013.

More information

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Last update : March 2012

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

[Sous le signe de] St Georges [transmission 2015]

Choreography : Régine Chopinot

Interpretation : Marcos Bompadre, Clara Bottlaender, Alexia Bretaudeau, Maeva Caboche, Hortense de Boursetty, Célestine de Williencourt, Léo Gaspari, Angélique Hertzog, Anna Kalyvi, Manu Konstantinidis

Original music : Anne-Marie Deschamps, interprétée par L'ensemble Mora Vocis

Costumes : Hortense de Boursetty

Sound : Sons André Serré - Bande-son Nicolas Barillot, Régine Chopinot

Other collaborations : Extrait chorégraphique remonté par le groupe ARC (Strasbourg), répétition et coordination artistique Sylvain Boruel, Michèle Rust, dans le cadre de Danse en amateur et répertoire (2014) - Transmission John Bateman, Régine Chopinot, Virginie Garcia

Duration : 19 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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