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Through a broadcast of video images, Carolyn Carlson introduces us to a metaphysical world where the sacred and profane interact: the Carlsonian symbolism has never been so obvious, just as her filiation with the magician Alwin Nikolaïs.

The sequences shot in the woods give the performance an ecological dimension: water, trees, small paths, the stone that rolls harmoniously and becomes the symbol of reality and the imaginary, all this in a foggy light conjuring up the atmosphere in Fantin Latour’s and Odilon Redon’s paintings. The ladder brandished in space by Larrio is profiled infinitely to generate the mysteries of Carolyn Carlson biting into the poisoned apple where Larrio is her prince charming, to reveal the comic gifts of the “Divine”. Her poetic aura is restored in her airy walk in the woods: this is the image of Botticelli’s Primavera. The modern dance revisited by Carolyn Carlson blends perfectly into this surrealistic universe dedicated to fraternity and pure love.

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Carlson, Carolyn

California-born Carolyn Carlson defines herself first and foremost as a nomad. From San Francisco Bay to the University of Utah, from the Alwin Nikolais company in New York to Anne Béranger’s in France, from Paris Opera Ballet to Teatrodanza La Fenice in Venice, from the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris to Helsinki, from Ballet Cullberg to La Cartoucherie in Paris, from the Venice Biennale to Roubaix, Carlson is a tireless traveller, always seeking to develop and share her poetic universe. 

She arrived in France in 1971 the beneficiary of Alwin Nikolais’s ideas about movement, composition and teaching. The following year, with Rituel pour un rêve mort, she wrote a poetic manifesto that defined an approach to her work that she has adhered to ever since: dance that is strongly oriented towards philosophy and spirituality. Carlson prefers the term ‘visual poetry’ to ‘choreography’ to describe her work. She creates works that express her poetic thoughts and a form of complete art within which movement occupies a special place. 

For four decades, Carlson has had significant influence and success in many European countries. She played a key role in the birth of French and Italian contemporary dance through the GRTOP (theatre research group) at Paris Opera Ballet and Teatrodanza at La Fenice.

She has created over 100 pieces, a large number of which are landmarks in the history of dance, including Density 21.5, The Year of the Horse, Blue Lady, Steppe, Maa, Signes, Writings on Water and Inanna. In 2006, her work was rewarded with the first ever Golden Lion given to a choreographer by the Venice Biennale.

Director of the National Choreographic Centre Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais from 2005 until 2013, today, the Carolyn Carlson Company still produces and tours Carlson’s shows all over the world.

In 1999, Carolyn Carlson founded the Atelier de Paris at the Cartoucherie, of which she is now president of honnor. The Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson / National Choreographic Center is managed by Anne Sauvage.

Source : Carolyn Carlson’s website

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Picq, Charles

Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (eLaC) and with the group «Frigo», and then in dance.
 On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.

His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with «Le Crawl de Lucien» and co-directing with his films «Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux» and «10 anges». in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
 - He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
 - He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
 - He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
 - He oversaw the DVD publication of «Le tour du monde en 80 danses», a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.

More recently, he launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created the website, an international video library for dance online.

His main documentaries are: «enchaînement», «Planète Bagouet», «Montpellier le saut de l'ange», «Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces», «grand ecart», «Mama africa», «C'est pas facile», «Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville», «Le Défilé», «un rêve de cirque».

He has also produced theatre films: «song», «Vu d'ici» (Carolyn Carlson),»Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux», «10 anges», «necesito» and «so schnell», (Dominique Bagouet), «im bade wannen»,»Flut» and «Wandelung» (susanne Linke), «Le Cabaret Latin» (Karine saporta), «La danse du temps»(régine Chopinot), «nuit Blanche»(abou Lagraa), «Le Témoin» (Claude Brumachon), «Corps est graphique» (Käfig), «seule» et «WMD» (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), « La Veillée des abysses» (James Thiérrée), «agwa» (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (antonio gades), Blue Lady revisted (Carolyn Carlson).

Source : Maison de la Danse

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Choreography : Carolyn Carlson

Choreography assistant : Larrio Ekson

Performance : Michèle Abbondanza, Antonella Bertoni, Magda Borrull Pascual, Carolyn Carlson, Laurent Dauzou, Larrio Ekson, Peter Morin, Markku Nenonen, Verena Weiss

Art advise : William Snow

Original music : René Aubry

Video conception : Marlène Ionesco

Lights : Peter Vos

Costumes : Mia

Other colaborators : Claude Lê Anh (diapositives)

Piece production : Charles Picq

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