F. et Stein
F. et Stein
Choreography: Dominique Bagouet
I may had reviewed my situation with “F. et Stein”: a solo going in all directions, a sort of satellite in my work, with nearly no choreography, or rather a completely improvised and wild choreography, with only one performer, myself, and the guitarist Sven Lava. I don't know what it was all about, maybe a mini-psychoanalysis which gave me much joy and suffering.
Sources: Dominique Bagouet, “interviewed by Isabelle Ginot” – April 2 1988
Far from the group, far from the company: to be alone, and to be double.
To be two: Frank and Stein. Frankenstein is a film monster, both scaring and moving, who exposes himself. He is a vulnerable human being, like Elephant Man, halfway between death and horror, and life and love… “F. et Stein” could be the show of the monstrous resurrection set in plastic and old plaster scenery. A necessary complicity comes out of the meeting of a rock musician with a contemporary dancer-choreographer: to become another in order to live.
For the musician: to turn his music into dance, to work on it again and again in order to make it so fine and wild that it becomes the very space of the choreography.
For the dancer: to subject himself to the test of dancing with no choreography, dancing with his nerves, dancing his fear till the fringes of the limits. Then Bagouet can return to his characters: death, madness, light. Through the music's beat and a mysterious alchemy, Bagouet transforms each of them with his dance, frail but elastic, desperate but lively. This solo with two people is shown as both a terrible call for help and an attractive provocation in its living aspect. It gives, as life does, its derisiveness and hope, and as death, its seduction and revolt.
Sources: Jean-Paul Montanari, “Programme of the Bagouet Company “ – 1983
Conception: Dominique Bagouet
Choreography and dance: Dominique Bagouet
Music: Sven Lava-Pohlhammer (electric guitar) played live
Assistant: Angelin Preljocaj
Scenery: Christine Le Moigne
Costumes: Maritza Gligo
Stage lighting: Jacques Chatelet
Direction: Charles Picq
Production: Les Carnets Bagouet
Date of creation: February 19th 1983, Tinel de la Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lez-Avignon
Performance recorded in May 20th 1983, Théâtre de Grammont at Montpellier
Last update: December 2012
Angoulême, July 9 1951 - Montpellier, December 9 1992
From 1965, Dominique Bagouet received a classical instruction from Rosella Hightower in Cannes, and was firstly engaged in the Ballet du Grand Théâtre of Geneva at Alfonso Cata's in 1969. He danced the following year with the Félix Blaska's company and joined Béjart's 20th Century Ballet in Brussels. The experience lasted two years and continued with the Chandra group (where Maguy Marin also worked).
Back to Paris in 1974, Dominique Bagouet took tuitions with Carolyn Carlson and Peter Goss. He also danced in the Joseph Russillo's, Anne Béranger's and Peter Goss' companies. Then he left for the United States where he discovered with Jennifer Muller, Lar Lubovitch and others, the techniques of the American schools.
Back to France in 1976, he presented his first choreography “Chansons de nuit” at the Concours de Bagnolet and won the first prize with a mention for research. He then founded his first company. He created play after play, at a fast pace he deplored, in order to make his company survive. Until 1979, he created 14 plays, sometimes hastily and unsatisfactorily.
With “Sous la blafarde”, the young choreographer began to stand out and Montpellier became his haven: the town welcomed the company and gave it the resources to exist as Bagouet was asked to set up and run the Centre Chorégraphique Régional de Montpellier. Besides, he was to create in this town the Festival International Montpellier Danse that he would run until 1982.
Dominique Bagouet created then some of the most outstanding plays in French contemporary choreography, from “Insaisies” (1982) to “Necesito, pièce pour grenade” (1991), the last commission written to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Spanish town.
With plays such as “Déserts d'amour” (1984), “Le Crawl de Lucien” (1985) and “Assaï” (1986), Dominique Bagouet clearly established his own personality and style. All these plays registered his very particular style, sometimes referred to as ‘neobaroque', but above all very subtle and inventive. Bagouet's choreographic approach developed the dance movement with numerous short gestures (movements with hands and feet, special incline of the chest…) with terrific precision and no mannerisms.
Moreover, and this is another characteristic of Bagouet, the choreographer always managed to work with talented artists, such as Christian Boltanski, Pascal Dusapin for “Le Saut de l'ange” (1987), Tristan Murail for “Déserts d'amour” or the actress Nelly Borgeaud for the superb “Meublé sommairement” (1989) choreographically adapted from a novel by Emmanuel Bove.
He also directed two films with Charles Picq: “Tant mieux, tant mieux!” (1983) and “Dix anges, portraits”(1988), from “Le Saut de l'ange".
If a Bagouet style existed, it would also lie in this curiosity which influenced a whole generation.
His company's dancers founded in 1993 Les Carnets Bagouet, an association dedicated to preserving and passing on the choreographer's artistic heritage. They offer the repertoire to other companies and schools.
Source: Extract of “99 biographies pour comprendre la jeune danse française” in les saisons de la danse, summer 97, special issue.
More information: www.lescarnetsbagouet.org
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
F. et Stein
Choreography : Dominique Bagouet
Choreography assistance : Angelin Preljocaj
Interpretation : Dominique Bagouet (danse), Sven Lava Pohlhammer (guitare électrique)
Set design : Christine Le Moigne
Original music : Sven Lava Pohlhammer
Video conception : Charles Picq
Lights : Jacques Chatelet
Costumes : Maritza Gligo
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Les Carnets Bagouet
Duration : 16 minutes
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