[Biennale de la danse 2021] Christophe Haleb - "Entropic Now" | Behind the Scenes
Christophe Haleb - "Entropic Now" | Behind the scenes
Christophe Haleb - "Entropic Now"
Entropic Now is a project examining the stories of young people in movement, through an inclusive form of dance and
choreographic languages built across different cities, in collaboration with teens and young adults from various backgrounds who exist in diverse physical states and modes of coming together.
Entropic Now is a performative experiment, an immersive space where young people from Lyon, Valence, Amiens, Paris, Marseille, Havana and Fort de France take us on a journey via documentary films; a danced and performed installation piece that invites us to explore their ways of life, their uses of space, their fears, loves, social frustrations, and their urgent desire to speak.
This is a polyphonic composition of images and sounds, bodies and presences, cities and movements, dreams and friendships that draw us closer to the vibrancy of youth, its transformations, commitments, struggles and perceptions. “Labyrinthian in form and spirit, the piece plunges us into the electrifying world of tomorrow’s adults, into the heart of their dreams, their plurality, close enough to feel the pulse of their demands, from petty quarrels to grand shared struggles. The experience is at once mysterious, fed by the imaginary, and yet very down-to-earth, underground, urban. From the start, Entropic Now raises the questions which haunt the youth of our contemporary societies, presenting them in a non-discursive, dreamlike form, captured in performances and film.”
Christophe Haleb began studying classical dance in 1970 aged 6, at the Conservatoire de Vincennes. In 1979 he tried out the work and communal lifestyle of the Physical Dance Theatre - Theatre in Transition, an artists' collective, directed by actor and producer Richard Thomas Cianci, in Avignon.
Up until 1982 he took part in workshops with Twyla Tharp in Châteauvallon, Odile Duboc in Aix-en-Provence, Peter Goss and Dominique Bagouet in Montpellier. In Marseilles he took up classical dance training again with Isabelle and Gérard Thaillade (Roland Petit). During his first period of study in New York in the summer of 1982, he was awarded a bursary to study at the Lester Horton Studio with Milton Myers. He also took lessons with Christopher Pilafian - Jennifer Muller Company, Douglas Wassel of the American Ballet, Patricia Soriero (Steps Studio) and Ann Reinking (Bob Foss). He discovered modern dance through the St Mark's Church workshops. On his return to Marseilles, he followed the teaching of Michelle Mottet (Maurice Béjart). With Anne Koren and Lisa Nelson, he experimented with work on perception and movement. The practice of the Feldenkrais Method and Body-Mind Centering ® as well as sessions of contact dance improvisation with Gilles Musard, Mark Tompkins and Steve Paxton, nourished his relationship with movement. From 1983 onwards, he was a performer for Rui Horta, Anne Dreyfus, Andy Degroat, Angelin Preljocaj, Daniel Larrieu and François Verret, before founding his own company La Zouze in 1993.
Among his recent works: Shoe in modern time and De-camping (Dé-camper), in situ creations in the display windows of the Printemps de la Mode shop in Paris (2006), the solo Yes, Yes, Yes written for Isabelle Boutrois (2004), Strata and Spheres (Strates et Sphères) at the Théâtre National de Chaillot (2003), Idyllique, produced at the Théâtre de la Ville – Les Abbesses (2001)... In 2008-2009 he worked on Evelyne House of Shame, a project of soirées based on the concept of the salon and art cabaret which invite the audience to get involved and to temporarily take over architectural heritage sites in Marseilles, and Marseilles Diversions (Déviations Marseillaises), a chronical of relationships across the city of Marseilles.
Alongside the creation of his shows, the company also orients its work towards the crossover of disciplines and runs various projects in collaboration with actors, singers, musicians (electronic music), plastic artists, film and video producers, photographers, architects and sociologists. For him, the field of choreography extends beyond that of dance.
Updating: November 2010
Christophe Haleb - "Entropic Now"
Artistic direction / Conception : Christophe Haleb
Interpretation : Avec la collaboration des danseurs Olivier Muller & Christophe Le Blay et la participation de jeunes amateurs vivant dans la métropole lyonnaise
Set design : Laurent Le Bourhis
Original music : Benoist Bouvot, Damien Ravnich & Bertrand Wolff
Lights : Romain Rivalan
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Coproduction Biennale et Pôle européen de création
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Bokeh Production / La Biennale de Lyon