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The Tree (fragments of poetics on fire)

Carolyn Carlson Company 2021 - Director : Proefrock, Yan

Choreographer(s) : Carlson, Carolyn (France)

Present in collection(s): Carolyn Carlson Company

Video producer : Arte

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The Tree (fragments of poetics on fire)

Carolyn Carlson Company 2021 - Director : Proefrock, Yan

Choreographer(s) : Carlson, Carolyn (France)

Present in collection(s): Carolyn Carlson Company

Video producer : Arte

en fr

The Tree (fragments of poetics on fire)

In an age when humans deplete the resources of  the earth, Carolyn Carlson declares her love for it. In this poetic  exploration of humanity and nature, the American choreographer  dramatizes the four elements to pay homage to our planet.

A work by Carolyn Carlson is a gift that cannot be missed. Looking  back at her childhood, one of scenic west American landscapes and the  midnight suns of Finland, the great dancer and choreographer pays  tribute to all the miracles accomplished by the earth in The TREE.  “Like nature, we transform.” Accordingly, her nine dancers embody  water, fire, the tree or wind indiscriminately.  Conceived across  multiple levels that successively reveal themselves – like a painting  within a painting – this declaration of love to our planet has “the  poetic power of the flames.” It urges us to fully acknowledge its beauty  and fragility. Isabelle Calabre

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.

Nowadays, Carolyn Carlson is director of two organisations: the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, an international centre for masterclasses, residencies and creating new works, which she founded in 1999 and the National Choreographic Centre Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais until December 2013, which produces and tours shows all over the world.


More information: en.carolyn-carlson.com

Proefrock, Yan

Carolyn Carlson Company

Artistic Direction: Carolyn Carlson

Creation: 2014 


Recognised for her talents as a choreographer, Carolyn Carlson is equally a “group leader”, gathering around herself the personalities who nourish her poetic world. Her creations are the fruit of exchanges with performers which she chooses primarily for their distinctiveness and their capacity to commit to a composition process based on improvisation techniques. Today, the Carolyn Carlson Company consists of a group of dancers who come together in various combinations, depending on the work or project.

Dancers Constantine Baecher, Ismaera Takeo Ishii, Chinatsu Kosakatani, Juha Marsalo,  Celine Maufroid, Riccardo Meneghini, Isida Micani,  Yutaka Nakata, Alexis Ochin, Sara Orselli, Sara Simeoni

“The Carolyn Carlson Company is a hive of activity, an area of creativity and freedom in which intertwine gesture and poetic thought...”

January 2014: after nine years as director of the CCN de Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais, Carolyn Carlson returns to Paris and funds her company, the Carolyn Carlson Company (CCCy), in residency at the Théâtre National de Chaillot from 2014 to 2016.

With a unique repertory and accompanied by dancers true to her poetical gesture, Carolyn pursues her creative process: each year, the Carolyn Carlson Company carries out at least two large scale projects, a creation and the transmission of repertoire pieces to the most prestigious international ballets, while continuing touring the choreographers’ creations worldwide.


More information : carolyn-carlson.com

The Tree (Fragments of poetics on fire)

Artistic direction / Conception : Carolyn Carlson

Choreography : Carolyn Carlson

Choreography assistance : Colette Malye

Interpretation : Chinatsu Kosakatani, Juha Marsalo, Céline Maufroid, Riccardo Meneghini, Isida Micani, Yutaka Nakata, Sara Orselli, Sara Simeoni, Constantine Baecher

Original music : Aleksi Aubry-Carlson, René Aubry, Maarja Nuut, K. Friedrich Abel

Lights : Rémi Nicolas, assisté de Guillaume Bonneau

Costumes : Elise Dulac et Atelier du Théâtre National de Chaillot. Remerciements à Chrystel Zingiro

Settings : Peintures projetées | Gao Xingjian

Other collaborations : Accessoires | Gilles Nicolas et Jank Dage

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Carolyn Carlson Company Coproductions en cours | Théâtre National de Chaillot, Théâtre Toursky Marseille, Ballet du Nord / Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Hauts-de-France, Equilibre Nuithonie Fribourg

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Oxymore productions

Duration : 1h20

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