Choregraphy : Walter Ricks
Rerun by : James Carlès company in 2009
James Carles is a choreographer, researcher and lecturer. He received initial training in dance and music of Africa and its Diaspora and then trained with the great names of modern dance in New York and London mainly. Since 1992, he hired an artistic and analytical approach that explores the “places junctions” between the dances, rhythms and philosophies of Africa and its Diaspora with technical and western thoughts frames. To date, his company’s directory contains more than fifty pieces of his own creation and authors like Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Talley Beatty, Asadata Dafora, Geraldine Armstrong, Rick Odums, Wayne Barbaste, Carolyn Carlson, Robyn Orlin, etc.
Dancer soloist and outstanding performer, James Carles was performer and artistic collaborator for not only numerous “all music” ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, through jazz; but also choreographers such as Carolyn Carlson, Robyn Orlin, Rui Horta, Myriam Naisy, etc.
Artist associated with Astrada- Jazz In Marciac 2012-2014, research associate in the laboratory of the University LLA Créatis Jean Jaures Toulouse, James Carles is particularly invests in heritage projects for diversity and diffusion of choreographic culture. He is also founder and artistic director of the festival “Dances and Black Continents”.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 26th, 1925, and died on April 3rd, 2007, Walter Nicks is recruited in 1944 by Karamu Dance Company where he will work under the direction of Eleanor Frampton, a former dancer of Denishawn which recognizes him talent and pushes it to got to New York to continue him formation. Starting from 1945, he integrates the school of Katherine Dunham and finds there a teaching extremely complete, very advances some over its time. In 1948, after being appointed Assistant editor of the Dunham school, he obtains the diploma of professor of technique Dunham, the Master Teaching Certificate in Technical Dunham. In 1953, he leaves the school and creates a small company in Mexico City, El Ballet Negro of Walter Nicks, who will occur on several occasions in the area.
Of return to New York, it joined the pedagogical team of the school of Dance Theatre of Harlem (it will remain there until 1973), teaches in Philips-Fort Studio (1954-55) and occurs with Joe Nash and other dancers in the ballet Games of Donald Mckayle.
During the years 1960, Walter Nicks teaches regularly in various internships and festivals in Europe, in particular in France where the internships organized by the French federation of Dance will launch successfully the dance jazz in our country. In 1972, the FFD requires of him to found Walter Nicks Dance Theatre Workshop, a company which will turn to France, Belgium and to the French West Indies. He will be in addition cofounder and art director of the Professional training center of Poitiers of 1982 to 1992.
Its European career it prevented not from continuing its activity in the United States. Starting from 1973, he affiliates its company in Connecticut College American Dance Festival and takes part in the National Endowment for the Arts's “Artists-in-the-Schools”, program of nine years. In 1989, he choreography Spirit Blues for the national Ballet of Finland. Recently he has choreography Trance Atlantic for the Cie Philadanco (2000) and danced for the Homage paid to Katherine Dunham by Jacob' S Pillow in 2002.
Since 2016, James Carlès has made the choice to make available to the public a selection of its videos.
Chorégraphie Walter Nicks (1979) - Remontage James Carlès (2009)