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Maison de la danse 2024 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Jourdain, Geoffroy (France) Chaignaud, François (France)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la danse , Saisons 2020 > 2024

Video producer : Maison de la danse

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Maison de la danse 2024 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Jourdain, Geoffroy (France) Chaignaud, François (France)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la danse , Saisons 2020 > 2024

Video producer : Maison de la danse

en fr


t u m u l u s is a boundless procession of thirteen dancing and  singing bodies within the same practice, and as part of the same  gesture. Resulting from a collaboration between François Chaignaud and  Geoffrey Jourdain, director of Cris de Paris, this project aims to  combine these two arts and to think of dance and music together. Tumuli  were once graves underneath a hill. A peculiar type of burial, these  “pieces” house as many bodies of the dead as the afterlife that pushes  through them. The research that leads this project resides at the heart  of this paradox: a dead always contains life. In the middle of the set, a  mound takes over the space. It is covered in greenery; it is,  simultaneously, a mausoleum and a landscape. It is a volume onto which  the dancers-singers and the singers-dancers climb, hide, and flow.

Jourdain, Geoffroy

Alongside musicology studies at the Sorbonne and research in the Italian musical collections of several European libraries, Geoffroy Jourdain became involved very early in the direction of vocal ensembles and founded, while he was still a student, Les Cris de Paris, quickly recognized for the audacity of their artistic project and for their investment in contemporary creation. He is also passionate about the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries and ethnomusicology.

In the company of artists from different practices (theater, dance, visual arts, video, etc.), he is interested in the place of music on stage, and in concert conventions.

From 2002 to 2010, he co-directed the young Paris choir with Laurence Equilbey and the Paris Orchestra Choir with Didier Bouture.

He divides his activity between his company and invitations to conduct other groups: the Capella Amsterdam ensemble, the Colombian Symphony Orchestra (Bogotá), the choir of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra...

For the Paris Opera Academy, he directed Orphée et Eurydice then Iphigénie en Tauride by Gluck, as well as L'Orfeo by Monteverdi. In collaboration with the Les Siècles orchestra, Israel in Egypt by Handel; with the 2e2m ensemble, the opera Cachafaz by Oscar Strasnoy.

The training of young performers and composers is also at the heart of its concerns. He regularly works with students conducting choirs at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon. He directs the eeemerging+ Academy in Ambronay in 2021, and in the same year founded the A・V・E・C (Voice And Composition Workshops) system dedicated to young creation.

Source : Les cris de Paris

Chaignaud, François

After graduating in 2003 from the CNSMD of Paris, François Chaignaud has  collaborated with numerous choreographers (Alain Buffard, Boris  Charmatz, Emmanuelle Huynh, Gilles Jobin). Since the creation of his  first piece in 2004, he has taken up a multiplicity of roles as dancer,  choreographer, singer, actor, historian, and cabaret artist. His  work—which weaves the aspiration for dance of a comprehensive expression  delving into the porosity and potential of bodies—is early on  characterized by the singing and dance articulation (Думи мої, 2013). Degreed in history, he nourishes his art with in-depth research. The historical depth reflects in his own pieces  as well as in the numerous collaborations he has done, and continues to  do, including with cabaret artist Jérôme Marin (Sous l’ombrelle, 2011), Marie Caroline Hominal (Duchesses, 2009), and visual artist Théo Mercier (Radio Vinci Park,  2016). Between 2005 and 2016, Chaignaud creates with Cecilia Bangolea a  series of noteworthy shows that are showed worldwide, including Pâquerettes (2005–2008), Sylphides (2009), (M)IMOSA (co-written with and performed with Trajal Harrell and Marlene Monteiro Freitas, 2011), Dub Love (2013), and DFS  (2016). In 2021, he founds the organization mandorle productions, which  supports his desire to follow a line of artistic creation marked by  numerous collaborations. With Nina Laisné, he creates Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando  (2017). The piece is presented at the 72nd edition of the Festival  d’Avignon and brings together signing and dance around androgynous  figures drawn from Spanish Baroque folklore. They are currently  conducting research around partner dances in South America.

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Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc).
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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Artistic direction / Conception : François Chaignaud et Geoffroy Jourdain

Choreography : François Chaignaud

Interpretation : Simon Bailly, Mario Barrantes-Espinoza, Evann Loget-Raymond, Florence Gengoul, Myriam Jarmache, Marie Picaut, Alan Picol, Antoine Roux-Briffaud, Vivien Simon, Maryfé Singy, Ryan Veillet, Aure Wachter, Daniel Wendler

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Baudouin Woehl

Set design : Mathieu Lorry-Dupuy

Original music : Geoffroy Jourdain

Lights : Philippe Gladieux, Anthony Merlaud

Costumes : Romain Brau ; régie costume : Alejandra Garcia ou Cara Ben Assayag

Other collaborations : Répétitrice Anna Chirescu ; Régie générale et lumières : Anthony Merlaud ou Marinette Buchy ; Régie son : Alban Moraud, Aude Besnard ou Camille Frachet ou Jean-Louis Waflart ; Régie plateau : Laure Montagné ou François Boulet

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Mandorle productions, en association avec Les Cris de Paris : Garance Roggero, Jeanne Lefèvre, Emma Forster, Antoine Boucon, Diane Geoffroy

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la danse, 2024

Duration : 70'

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