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Une Fantôme-Danse

Création habitants 2017

Une Fantôme-Danse

Création habitants 2017

Une Fantôme-Danse

From October 2016 to April 2017, over eight working weekends on the stage of Le Trident theatre in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Alban Richard invited a group of 40 residents aged 17 to 74 to participate in the creation of a choreographic piece. This journey was an opportunity for everyone to participate in the development of a common project.

Une Fantôme-Danse is a choreographic piece inspired by the spirits, monsters or spectres that are summoned during rituals, shamanic dances or traditional celebrations marking the changing of the seasons, through which men attempt to influence the mysterious forces of nature, and to revive primitive feelings of fear and superstitious terror.

Dispelling evil spirits, dancing at a furious tempo, dancing the dead, performing frantic dances for one’s community, eradicating fear and stabilising the spirit, Une Fantôme-Danse revives dance as an archaic, sacred and ritual activity.

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 :

Van Wassenhove, Alban

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.

Une Fantôme-Danse

Choreography : Alban Richard

Choreography assistance : Camille Cau, Max Fossati

Interpretation : Nadia Abouel­ka­ram, Antoine Auvray, Ingrid Bailleul, Cécile Barouillet, Lau­rence Bohec, Jean-Jacques Char­pen­tier, Amé­lie Cor­bet, Janine Cro­cher, Sonia Delage, Mathieu Delangle, Lau­rence Dumas, Chan­tal Grim­pard, Agnès Groult, Gisèle Hébert, Nico­las Her­vé, Elsa Lamo­ra, Mireille Le Revert, Claude Lecos­tey, Emma­nuelle Lefebvre, Fabrice Lefebvre-Cham­pous­sin, Jona­than Lehoux, Claire Leloutre, Dylan Leter­rier, Louise Loren­deau, Rémy Marie, Nico­las Pin­sault, Fran­çoise Quel­ven­nec, Mar­tin Robieu, Jean-Pierre Rou­lette, Frie­de­rike Schwei­ze­rhof, Chan­tal Ser­vant, Gil­das Tho­mas, Pas­cale Tour­mente, Clé­men­tine Tra­vert, Paule Viste

Lights : Marie Hardy

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Pro­duc­tion délé­guée centre cho­ré­gra­phique natio­nal de Caen en Normandie Copro­duc­tion Le Tri­dent – scène natio­nale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin Avec le sou­tien du CCAS de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

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