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Discover the world of dance via webdocs, parcours and virtual exhibitions. Our contents are divided into categories so you can easily choose between great artistic movements, society topics, artist portraits, institution portraits, etc.

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  • Choreographic creations around the world (8)
  • Dance styles and practices (9)
  • Danse and other arts (11)
  • Engaged dances (5)
  • Historical approach of dance (6)
  • Portraits of artists (2)
  • Portraits of structures (4)
  • Reception and understanding of a work (5)
  • The spaces of the dance (4)
  • Tradition and heritage (8)

Dance and props

Course

Julie Charrier

Dance and props

Course

Choreographic creations sometimes include accessories to complement, nourish or constrain dance.

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Scenic space

Course

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Scenic space

Course

A dance performance takes place in a defined spatial area ... or not. This course helps to understand the occupation of the stage space in dance.

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Butoh

Course

Olivier Lefebvre

Butoh

Course

On 24th May 1959, Tatsumi Hijikata portrayed the character of the "Man" in the first presentation of a play called Kinjiki (Forbidden Colours).
The Ankoku Butoh was born,

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Why do I dance ?

Webdoc

Julie Charrier

Why do I dance ?

Webdoc

Social dances, anti-establishment, protest dances, rhythms or identities, rituals or pleasures... There are a myriad of reasons for dancing and a myriad of points of view. A webdoc to discover, enhanced with extracts from performances and accounts from amateurs... all the right reasons for dancing!
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Traditional dance in Poland

Course

Tomasz Nowak

Traditional dance in Poland

Course

In Poland, the culture of traditional dances has been well maintained : they are still transmitted today. This parcours able a visit between those different dances.

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Charles Picq, dance film director

Virtual exhibition

Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Charles Picq, dance film director

Virtual exhibition

An encounter with Charles Picq, dance film director and videomaker. 

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Do you mean Folklores?

Course

Sarah Nouveau

Do you mean Folklores?

Course

Presentation of how choreographers are revisiting Folklore in contemporary creations.

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Käfig, portrait of a company

Webdoc

Agathe Dumont

Käfig, portrait of a company

Webdoc

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Dance and visual arts

Course

Marie-Thérèse Champesme

Dance and visual arts

Course

Dance and visual arts have often been inspiring for each other and have influenced each other. This Parcours can not address all the forms of their relations; he only tries to show the importance of plastic creation in some choreographies.

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The Dance Biennial Défilé

Virtual exhibition

Biennale de la danse

The Dance Biennial Défilé

Virtual exhibition

The Dance Biennial created in 1984 through Guy Darmet’s initiative was enhanced with a novel event in 1996: the Défilé (a choreographed parade).

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States of the body

Course

Philippe Guisgand

States of the body

Course

Explanation of the term « State of the body » when it’s about dance.

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Dance and percussion

Course

Camille Rocailleux

Dance and percussion

Course

Découvrez de quelles manières ont collaboré chorégraphes et éléments percussifs.

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The Dance Biennial

Virtual exhibition

Biennale de la danse

The Dance Biennial

Virtual exhibition

The Dance Biennial is a major event held in Lyon every even-numbered year. Read on and discover the history of this adventure and the timeline of past editions.

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Ballet pushed to the edge

Course

Olivier Lefebvre

Ballet pushed to the edge

Course

 Ballet’s evolution from its romantic form until néo-classicism.

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Danses de mains

Course

Julie Charrier

Danses de mains

Course

This parcours presents different video extracts in which hands are the center of the mouvement.

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Strange works

Course

Centre national de la danse

Strange works

Course

 Unconventional contemporary dance shows which reinvent the rapport to the stage.  

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The BNP Paribas Foundation

Virtual exhibition

Fondation BNP Paribas

The BNP Paribas Foundation

Virtual exhibition

<p>Since it was founded in 1984, the BNP Paribas Foundation has stood out for its long-standing backing of projects in a series of areas, including culture. In 1986, it committed to theatrical art to promote new works and lend its support to artists. Discover the different kinds of support provided by the Foundation.</p>

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Dance in Quebec: Collectivities in motion

Course

Geneviève Dussault

Dance in Quebec: Collectivities in motion

Course

This Parcours introduces several extracts of works by contemporary Quebecois choreographers, situating them in an anthropological perspective.

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Contemporary Italian Dance : the 2000s

Course

Ada d’Adamo

Contemporary Italian Dance : the 2000s

Course

Panorama of contemporary dance practices in Italy during the 2000s.

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Genesis of work

Course

Centre national de la danse

Genesis of work

Course

A dance show is created in multiples steps between the enunciation of an initial desire which launch the project and the first representation. This parcours presents diff

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Maison de la Danse in Lyon

Virtual exhibition

Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Maison de la Danse in Lyon

Virtual exhibition

Created in Lyon in 1980, Maison de la Danse was the first-ever venue in Europe dedicated exclusively to dance. Welcoming over 150,000 spectators each season and some 200 performances, today the Maison de la Danse draws a large public keen on highly-unifying performances as well as on innovating and research-based works. The Maison de la Danse, a performance venue but also a

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Dance in Quebec: Untamed Bodies

Course

Geneviève Dussault

Dance in Quebec: Untamed Bodies

Course

First part of the Parcours about dance in Quebec, these extracts present how bodies are being used in a very physical way.

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Hip hop / Influences

Course

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Hip hop / Influences

Course

This Course introduce to what seems to be Hip Hop’s roots.

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Artistic Collaborations

Course

Centre national de la Danse

Artistic Collaborations

Course

Panorama of different artistic collaborations, from « couples » of choreographers to creations involving musicians or plasticians

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LE BALLET DE LA NUIT

Virtual exhibition

Exposition sans titre (2018-08-23)

LE BALLET DE LA NUIT

Virtual exhibition

A collective work of screendance composed of 13 segments of one hour each. A tribute to the 1653 Louis XIV Ballet Royal de la Nuit.

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Improvisation

Course

Philippe Guisgand

Improvisation

Course

 Discovery of improvisation’s specificities in dance. 

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Outdoor dances

Course

Julie Charrier

Outdoor dances

Course

Stage theater and studio are not the only places of work or performance of a choreographic piece. Sometimes dancers and choreographers dance outside.

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Meeting with literature

Course

Centre national de la danse

Meeting with literature

Course

Collaboration between a choreographer and a writer can lead to the emergence of a large number of combinations. If sometimes the choreographer creates his dance around the work of an author, the writer can also choose dance as the subject of his text.

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How to become a dance spectactor ?

Webdoc

Guisgand, Philippe ; Guisgand, Sébastien

How to become a dance spectactor ?

Webdoc

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Dancing bodies

Course

Centre national de la danse

Dancing bodies

Course

Focus on the variety of bodies offered by contemporary dance and how to show these bodies: from complete nudity to the body completely hidden or covered.

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Dance at the crossroad of the arts

Course

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Dance at the crossroad of the arts

Course

Some shows are the meeting place of different trades. Here is a preview of some shows where the arts intersect on the stage of a choreographic piece.

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When reality breaks in

Course

Centre National de la danse

When reality breaks in

Course

8 videos
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A Rite of Passage

Webdoc

Julie Charrier

A Rite of Passage

Webdoc

Classical, telluric, shamanic, revolutionary? On May 29th, 1913, the first performance of Nijinski's "Rite of Spring" made such a scandal. This webdoc tells the story of this key work which inspired so many artists.
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Pantomimes

Course

Sarah Nouveau

Pantomimes

Course

Presentation of Pantomimes in the different types of dance.

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Rituals

Course

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Rituals

Course

Discover how the notion of ritual makes sense in various dances through these extracts.

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Dance and performance

Course

Marie-Thérèse Champesme

Dance and performance

Course

 Here is a sample of extracts illustrating burlesque figures in Performances.

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Write the movement

Webdoc

Julie Charrier

Write the movement

Webdoc

A myriad of methods have been invented for analysing dance and putting it into perspective and for accompanying the ‘tool’ that is essential to its memory, the dancer’s body. This webdoc presents the challenges of movement notation.
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Danse et musique

Course

Anne Décoret-Ahiha

Danse et musique

Course

The relationship between music and choreographic works varies throught dance history.

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The contemporary Belgian dance

Course

Philippe Guisgand

The contemporary Belgian dance

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This Parcours presents different Belgian choreographers who have marked history and participated in the creation of a "Belgian" style.

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Round dance

Course

Olivier Lefebvre

Round dance

Course

 Presentation of the Round’s figure in choreography.

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Black Dance

Webdoc

Julie Charrier

Black Dance

Webdoc

James Carlès, dancer and choreographer and specialist of Afro-American dance, evokes the origin of current-day urban dances. From Africa to the United States via Europe, he emphasizes their hybrid style and puts their social and political dimension into perspective. A myriad of videos, photos, illustrations and additional resources complement this interview.
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