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Touch me lightly

Touch me lightly

Touch me lightly

En 2015, Jérôme Combier et Alban Richard créent la pièce Dawnlight en association avec Cairn, l'Ircam et le Théâtre d'Orléans. En 2016, Alban Richard, alors nouveau directeur du CCN de Caen invite Jérôme Combier comme artiste compagnon auprès de lui au sein de l'institution normande. 

Pour la saison 2018-19, Alban Richard et Jérôme Combier imaginent un nouveau projet autour de la musique de Tobias Hume, prenant appui sur le recueil de pièces de viole de gambe : Musicall Humors (Les humeurs musicales) que le musicien écossais, qui fut aussi mercenaire publia en 1605 et qui regroupe plus de 117 pièces. Le titre de ce projet empreinte à l’une des pièces du recueil : Touch me lightly

Frédéric Baldassare, violoncelliste de l’ensemble Cairn a une pratique —à part égale— de la musique baroque et Renaissance. Pour ce projet, il assume, sur un seul instrument, le dialogue entre le XVIIème siècle de cette Renaissance anglaise et l’époque contemporaine.

Richard, Alban

Alban Richard discovered contemporary dance while he was pursuing literary and musical studies. From the late 1990s, he worked for various choreographers such as Odile Duboc, Olga de Soto and Rosalind Crisp.

In 2000, Alban Richard founded Ensemble l'Abrupt for which he created about thirty very different pieces, always in close interaction with a musical work whose writing and formal structure he questioned. Consequently, each creation opens up new research and a new performance style, setting itself apart from the previous one. The way he develops his shows, using restricted improvisations to devise the work directly on stage, encourages the performers to become creators of their own dance.

Alban Richard has collaborated with the Alla francesca ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Ensemble intercontemporain, IRCAM and the Cairn, Instant Donné and Alternance ensembles, as well as with composers Arnaud Rebotini, Sebastian Rivas, Erwan Keravec, Jérôme Combier, Laurent Perrier, Raphaël Cendo, Robin Leduc, Paul Clift, Wen Liu and Matthew Barnson.

A prolific choreographer, Alban Richard is regularly invited by ballets and companies, both internationally (Canada, Lithuania, Norway) and in France, to create commissioned works.

Since 2015 he has been artistic director of the centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, with a project based on both his practice as an author and on connecting with the territory and its inhabitants.

More information : https://ccncn.eu/english/

Baldassare, Frédéric

Combier, Jérôme

Jérôme Combier est compositeur et directeur artistique de l’ensemble Cairn. Diplômé du CNSM de Paris dans les classes de composition, d’orchestration et d’analyse musicale, il étudie ensuite l'informatique musicale à l’Ircam (avec Philippe Leroux) où il travaille régulièrement (Stèles d’air, Gone, Dawnlight). Pensionnaire à la Villa Médicis, voyage au Japon (Akiyoshidaï international Art Village), au Kazakhstan et en Ouzbékistan (conservatoires de Tashkent et d’Almaty). En 2008 il est professeur de composition à l’Abbaye de Royaumont. En 2005, il imagine Vies silencieuses avec le peintre Raphaël Thierry et en 2008, l’installation Noir gris  avec le vidéaste Pierre Nouvel pour l’exposition Beckett au Centre Georges Pompidou. Il écrit Stèles d’air pour l’Ensemble Intercontemporain dans le cadre du Festival d’Automne à Paris. Sa musique est jouée au Louvre dans le cadre du cycle « Le Louvre invite Pierre Boulez ». En 2011, avec Pierre Nouvel et Bertrand Couderc, il adapte pour la scène le roman de W.G. Sebald , Austerlitz, crée au Festival d’Aix-en-Provence et à l'Opéra de Lille . En 2012, il écrit l’opéra Terre et cendres avec Atiq Rahimi, commande de l'Opéra de Lyon. Il donne des masterclass à l'Université de Berkeley, à l'université Unesp de Sao Paulo et McGill de Montreal. La musique de Jérôme Combier est publiée aux éditions Lemoine et Verlag Neue Musik (Berlin) et enregistrée par les labels Motus et Æon.

Jérôme Combier obtient le prix Nouveau Talents de la SACD. Il est enseignant en création sonore et musicale à l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de Paris-Cergy

Simon, Nicolas

Having picked up a passion for the audiovisual at an early age from his two brothers, Nicolas Simon quickly developed a love of cinema and began making short films in his teenage years. He studied at the audiovisual ESRA school in Rennes, where he made two 16mm short films. In 2004, he met Emmanuelle Vo-Din, who introduced him to the world of contemporary dance. 

In 2008 he completed Making Rainbow, a documentary retracing the five months over which the first edition of the performance Rainbow was created. He then co-directed Le Grand Éléphant - L’Aventure des Constructeurs, filmed over two years in the workshop of La Machine as they designed and built the Grand Elephant of Île de Nantes: a giant, animatronic elephant. Alongside regular collaborations with several choreographers, including, Alban Richard, Margot Dorléans, Sylvain Riéjou, Daniel Dobbels as well as the companies Le Pôle and PJPP, Nicolas Simon has made several documentaries, including Les Constructeurs d’Éole and Je me souviens.

centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie

A place for dance open to everyone, where people come to see, dance and talk.

The centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie is a space of shared projects that questions the world in which we live, a receptive place where dance is at the heart of an artistic, political and civic-minded vision. It is a centre for the creation, hosting, production and dissemination of choreographic works, a hub that acts as a resource for training and research. It is a place shared with artists, residents, associations and cultural institutions, a place open to artistic creation and the contemporary repertoire.

Awakening curiosity, stimulating the desire for knowledge, opening up to differences, sharing real artistic, intellectual and human experiences – these are the challenges identified by Alban Richard for the centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie.

Touch me lightly

Artistic direction / Conception : Alban Richard, Jérôme Combier, Frédéric Baldassare

Choreography : Alban Richard

Interpretation : Alban Richard, Frédéric Baldassare

Original music : – Tobias Hume : Touch me lightly Beccus an Hungarian Lord his delight Captaine Humes Pavane Death – Jérôme Combier : Time runs

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, Ensemble Cairn

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