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A documentary made by Maison de la Danse in Lyon for the creation of "Hourra !", creation of the Hallet Eghayan Company.
40 years of dances and constantly renewed desires are the links between sources, history and renewal.6 dancers, 7 tableaux, 8 tunes and thousands of reasons to be carried away, “HOURRA !” is a journey that takes us into a host of universes : from jazz inspired by Tigran Hamasyan, to Madjid Khaladj’s Persian percussion instruments, through Steve Reich’s exhilarating beats and Fabrice Jünger’s contemporary touches...Dance, always dance: sun and rain dance, love and birds dance, dance claiming out the dancers’ joy; dance as a link between East and West, tradition and modernity ... as a new fraternity.“HOURRA !” divides and multiplies itself in a unique momentum, grasped by all. The spectators’ and the dancers’ gaze merge and become one; one body, one ensemble.Dance is a serious game, as serious as a playing child; so let’s play.
Source: Hallet Eghayan Compagny
Forty years of creation have not dulled Michel Hallet Eghayan’s energy. Born in 1946, and originating from Lyon, the choreographer who co-founded the Maison de la Danse, developed an important experience as an author doubled with a profound attachment to spreading art and dance into the City as a ferment and cement to social life. 1973, New York City...He met two major masters: Margaret Craske and Merce Cunningham. In 1975, he then started his creation cycle at the Dance Gallery of New York with “Premièrement.”
Back to his hometown in 1977, he founded his company as well as the School. This double creation was proof of the continuous relationship between his creative and educational work, which would only strengthen over the years. Ever since, he has been the author of almost 100 works, among which, some like “Retour en avant,” “Orlando Furioso”, “L’île aux ruisseaux,” “Hommage à Kandinsky” are classics of contemporary French dance.
Drawing at the root of our gestural patrimony, he created his own language focusing on choreographic form and movement.Since 2000...He got involved in new spaces between Arts and Science with paleoanthropologist at the College de France, Pascal Picq, and astrophysicist Roland Bacon. This double work linking the implicit of Art to the explicit of Science brought about danced performance-conferences staging together scientists and artists, but also proper Art and Science choreographed pieces.He revisited the core of the Company’s consequent repertoire with the 1983 piece “Retour en avant,” which was recreated to be the opening of the 2008 Lyon International Danse Biennale and gave its title to it. This work went on with “Giselle” (1982), revisited in 2011 after a commission from the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, as well as with “Le Chant de Karastan” created for the Avignon Festival in 1993 and recreated in 2015.
Concurrently with his choreographic work, he developed a new artistic form: the Composition Vivante ® (Living Composition).The year of his company’s 40th anniversary is his area, between roots and what’s to come...
Source: Hallet Eghayan Compagny
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 Numeridanse.tv, 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
More information: fabione.fr
Artistic direction / Conception : Michel Hallet Eghayan
Choreography : Michel Hallet Eghayan
Interpretation : Margot Bain, Maxime Gomard, Samuel Hubert, Charlotte Philippe, Anne-Sophie Seguin, Justine Tourillon
Additionnal music : Madjid Khaladj, Steve Reich, Tigran Hamasyan, Fabrice Junger, Samuel Hubert
Lights : Michel Hallet Eghayan
Costumes : Emilie Piat
Sound : Julien Alenda
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse 2018