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Vif du sujet (Le) : Petit Psaume du matin

Vif du sujet (Le) : Petit Psaume du matin

Petit Psaume du matin

“My mind thinks of my mind.
My history is foreign to me.
My name surprises me and my body is idea.
What I was is with all the others.
And I am not even what I am going to be.” 

Paul Valéry


Intimate, imprinted with gentleness and complicity, Petit  psaume du matin carries the traces of the circumstances surrounding its  creation. First conceived as a solo, the piece in fact stems from  Dominique Mercy (the exceptional dancer and travelling companion to Pina  Bausch) commissioning a piece from Josef Nadj. But during the course of  rehearsing, Nadj rapidly felt the desire to abandon the strict role of  choreographer that had been attributed to him, to dance along beside his  “sponsor”… And so the initial solo became a duet.


Born from the confrontation between the two men, nourished by  the dialogue established between them, it is precisely the image of the  double and the experience of sharing that Petit psaume du matin treats.  Resemblances are evoked, possible points of identification between  Dominique Mercy and Josef Nadj, for example their experiences as  dancers, their shared taste for travel and Oriental theatre. But even  beyond this, the piece evokes the foundation of their relationship –  their complementarity – manifest in the physicality of each one and in  their respective ways of dancing,flowing and airbound for one, more  earthy and rooted for the
other –and their reciprocal intelligence,  their capacity to listen and exchange, even beyond their differences –  their mutual understanding playfully put into practice by way of a  surprising dialogue in twenty-four languages.


Hymn to friendship as well as the story of an encounter, of a  budding friendship, this duet takes up the question of mastery acquired  through practice, and so also evokes the aging of a dancer's body. In  this sense, Petit psaume du matin is a mature piece.


Source : Myriam Bloedé


More information : http://josefnadj.com/

Nadj, Josef

Josef Nadj was born in 1957 in Kanjiza, a province of Vojvodina in the former Yugoslavia, in what is today Serbia. Beginning in childhood, he drew, practiced wrestling, accordeon, soccer and chess, intending a career in painting. Between the ages of 15 and 18, he studied at the fine arts high school of Novi Sad (the capital of Vojvodina), followed by 15 months of military service in Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Afterwards, he left to study art history and music at the Academy of Fine Arts and at the University of Budapest, where he also began studying physical expression and acting.


In 1980, he left for Paris to continue his training with Marcel Marceau, Etienne Ducroux. Simultaneously he discovered modern dance, at the time in a period of swift expansion in France. He followed the teachings of Larri Leong (who combined dance, kimomichi and aidido) and Yves Cassati, also taking classes in tai-chi, butoh and contact improvisation (with Mark Tompkins), began himself to teach the movement arts in 1983 (in France and Hungary), and participated as a performer in works by Sidonie Rochon (Papier froissé, 1984), Mark Tompkins (Trahison Men, 1985), Catherine Diverrès (l’Arbitre des élégances, 1988) and François Verret (Illusion comique and La, commissioned by the GRCOP, 1986).


In 1986 he founded his company, Théâtre JEL – “jel” meaning “sign” in Hungarian – and created his first work, Canard Pékinois, presented in 1987 at the Théâtre de la Bastille and remounted the following year at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.

Up to now, he is the author of about thirty performances.


In 1982, Josef Nadj completely abandoned drawing and painting to dedicate himself fully to dance, and would not begin showing his work again until fifteen years later. But in 1989 he began practicing photography, pursuing it without interruption to the present. Since 1996, his visual arts and graphic works, most often conceived in cycles or series – sculpture-installations, drawings, photos – have been regularly exhibited in galleries and theatres.


In 2006, Josef Nadj was Associated Artist for the 60th Festival of Avignon, presenting Asobu as the festival's opening performance in the Court of Honour of the Palais des Papes, as well as Paso doble, a performance created in collaboration with the painter Miquel Barcelo at the Celestins Church. In July 2010, he returned to present Les Corbeaux, a duet with Akosh zelevényi.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Anton Chekhov, Valery Shadrin, director of the Chekhov International Theatre Festival and Artistic Director of the Year 2010 France-Russia, invited Josef Nadj for the creation of a show dedicated to the playwright, which was performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg.


Josef Nadj was present at the Prague Quadrennial of 16 to 26 June 2011. TheQuadrennial held in Prague since 1967, is the most famous event in the world for performing arts. More than sixty countries attended this year. Josef Nadj was selected to participate in the project "Intersection" based on intimacy and performance. An ephemeral village was created, which consisted of boxes (“white cubes / black boxes") that stood for thirty world-renowned artists, each one represented by a different box. Since 1995, Josef Nadj has been the director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans.


Source : Josef Nadj


En savoir plus : http://josefnadj.com/

Riolon, Luc

After studies of mathematics preparatory class and medecine studies, Luc Riolon begins to make films within the framework of his Faculty of Medicine, then met the famous choreographers of the 80s (Maguy Marin, Mark Tompkins, Josef Nadj, Daniel Larrieu Daniel, Odile Duboc, Josette Baiz, Angelin Prljocaj, etc.) with whom he shoots numerous films (re-creation for the camera, the illegal securements). In the 80s with the American choreographer Mark Tompkins he introduces the video on the stage, broadcasting live on big screens the images which he shoots with his camera by being on the stage with the dancers, mixing live images and pre-recorded images. With Daniel Larrieu he participates in the creation of the famous show WATERPROOF, the contemporary choreography which takes place in a swimming pool, by filming live) the dancers dancing in the water and mixing the live images with pre-recorded underwater images. This choreography has been shown in many countries (USA, Canada, Spain, England…)
Then he collaborates during 10 years with the famous french TV producer Eve Ruggieri for her programs" Musics in the heart ". He shoots with her of numerous documentaries about classical music, opera singers and dance. From 1999 he directs documentaries of scientific popularization, by following researchers attached to the resolution of a particular ecologic enigma. These two artistic and scientific domains which can seem separated are nevertheless, for Luc Riolon, connected by the same approach : the deep desire to understand the world, by the art or by the scientific research, and to restore it to the largest number. Among his recent scientific documentaries, we can quote for example " The Enigma of the Black Caiman ", Living and dying in the swamp " or " The Nile delta: The end of the miracle ". “Chernobyl, a natural history ? “ These documentaries of scientific popularization recently have been awarded in international festivals.


Source: Vimeo

Petit Psaume du matin (Le Vif du Sujet)

Choreography : Josef Nadj

Choreography assistance : Dominique Mercy, Josef Nadj

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : CNC, SACD, ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DMDTS)

Production / Coproduction of the video work : les films Pénélope, Mezzo, TV10 Angers, 24 images

Le vif du sujet

Le Vif du sujet is a contemporary dance event of the Festival d'Avignon. Each year, a choreographer chooses four dancers who, in turn, will each ask a choreographer to create a work lasting roughly 30 minutes. These shows are filmed in full.


Source : Culture Ministery


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