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3 Works for 12

Hoke­tus (1976) – Louis Andries­sen

CCN de Caen en Normandie 2021 - Director : Simon, Nicolas

Choreographer(s) : Richard, Alban (France)

Present in collection(s): CCN de Caen en Normandie

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3 Works for 12

Hoke­tus (1976) – Louis Andries­sen

CCN de Caen en Normandie 2021 - Director : Simon, Nicolas

Choreographer(s) : Richard, Alban (France)

Present in collection(s): CCN de Caen en Normandie

en fr

3 Works for 12

“I set out to compose an evening programme made up of three musical works choreographed for a large group of dancers. The musical choices were drawn from the period 1975-1976. The American minimalist wave was already being challenged by young composers who used its architecture but confronted it with other ways of thinking and energies. All three musical pieces persistently question the relationship to rhythm through the use of pulsing beats: they are staccato in Andriessen’s work, constantly unstable in Tudor’s and delicately compelling in Brian Eno’s.

Condensing questions of choreographic composition that I have been working on for twenty years now, 3 Works for 12 is a comprehensive piece, a concentrated exercise in writing, and a treatise on compositional, spatial and dynamic effects.

The group of twelve performers is considered as a mass of soloists, each a medium for a score that gives a visible interpretation of the music.

Rhythms, textures, qualities, flow: the performers are vectors of musical parameters. With elementary power, simplicity of means, high-voltage energy and an obsessive relationship to pulsing beats, 3 Works for 12 develops a range of relationships between dance and music open to multiple possibilities: association, partnership, colonisation, authority, and so on.

Louis Andriessen’s description of his piece Hoketus served as a mantra for these three choreographic proposals: to create “gigantic dancing human machines”.

Alban Richard, July 2019

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.

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Simon, Nicolas

Initiated to music and cinema by his two older brothers Nicolas Simon quickly becomes a cinephile and begins to direct short films as a teenager.

After a training in audiovisual professions at ESRA Bretagne, where he directed two short films in 16 millimeters, he met Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh in 2004 and discovered contemporary dance. In 2008, he directed « Making Rainbow », which traces the five months of creation of the first edition of the show "Rainbow" in Rennes.

He then co-directed «Le Grand Éléphant - l’Aventure des Constructeurs» an incursion of nearly two years in the premises of the association "The Machine" to follow with its builders the birth of the Grand Elephant Island of Nantes .

While continuing to work regularly with many choreographers like Alban Richard or Daniel Dobbels, he has since made several documentaries, commercials or video clips as well as three seasons of the series « La Tête de l’Emploi » for France 3.

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.

3 Works for 12

Artistic direction / Conception : Alban Richard

Choreography assistance : Max Fossati, Daphné Mauger

Interpretation : en alternance Anthony Barreri, Matthieu Chayrigues, Constance Diard, Elsa Dumontel, Mélanie Giffard, Célia Gondol, Romual Kabore, Alice Lada, Justine Lebas, Zoé Lecorgne, Jérémy Martinez, Adrien Martins, Clémentine Maubon, Sakiko Oishi

Additionnal music : Programme musical : "Hoketus" (1976) – Louis Andriessen (Live Recording) Interprété par Icebreaker, en direct du Queen Elisabeth Hall au South Bank Centre de Londres le 5 décembre 1991. "Fullness Of Wind" (1975) – Variation on Canon in D Major de Johann Pachelbel – Brian Eno (Chamber Music) Interprété par The Cockpit Ensemble, sous la direction de Gavin Bryars Enregistré à Trident Studios 12-9-75, Ingénieur du son : Peter Kelsey, Produit par Brian Eno 1975 EG Records Ltd. "Pulsers" (1976) – David Tudor (Electronic Music) Modulateur : David Tudor / Violon électronique Label Takehisa Kosugi : Lovely Music, Ltd. – VR 1601 Sortie sur vinyle, LP en 1984, enregistré à Airshaft Studio, NYC.

Lights : Alban Richard et Jérôme Houlès

Costumes : Fanny Brouste

Sound : Vanessa Court

Other collaborations : Conseillère en analyse fonctionnelle du corps dans le mouvement dansé Nathalie Schulmann

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production déléguée centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie Coproduction La Filature, Scène nationale de Mulhouse ; Le Bateau Feu, Scène nationale de Dunkerque Avec le soutien financier de La Commanderie – Mission danse de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Duration : 1 heure

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