A fervent republican, Maguy Marin is an unparallelled choreographer and director. Her most recent pieces mirror our world with lucidity and pugnacity. Settled in the lyonnaise region, at Ramdam, an art centre she shares with other artists, she captures existing society as if it were a caricature. In this show by a multiplicity of authors, she once again engages in a new venture. She explains: “In 1928, Edward Bernays, the american nephew of Sigmund Freud, wrote a book entitled Propaganda, a small manual which cynically and frankly presents the great principles of mass psychological manipulation (...) In 2017, men and women who do not adapt to the parameters of competition and efficiency are guaranteed to become obsolete.”
To a supposedly civic, young, fair, kind, and open-minded world, she proposes a dance which draws its power from a vital impetus which doesn’t ignore the contortions of “showbiz society”. This is a dance which brings together ten performers, a mixture of company regulars and new arrivals.
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
More information: https://ramdamcda.org
Maguy Marin was born in Toulouse in 1951 and studied dance at the conservatory there before joining the Strasbourg Ballet. In 1970 she was accepted at Maurice Béjart’s school Mudra, where she stayed three years before becoming a soloist (for four seasons) with the Ballet of the 20th Century, under the direction of Maurice Béjart. A turning point would come at the end of this period seeing her shed all her previously held conceptions “allowing a multitude of creative choices, liberty and also constraints to emerge. Nothing was ever the same”. She also began questioning the body types idealized within the dance world, a subject that would become central in her work. “With Maurice Béjart the body was magnified. Youth, virtuosity, everything sparkled. And I had a problem with that. I asked myself what happened to all those other bodies, the ones that were infirm, misshapen or uncoordinated, but who managed to keep standing nonetheless.”
Between 1980 and 1997 Maguy Marin was based at the Maison des arts in Créteil, with her company becoming an official Choreographic Centre in 1985.
From 1998 until 2011 she directed the National Choreographic Centre in Rillieux-la-Pape. After which time the company once again became independent, setting up in Toulouse in order to continue their creative research. In 2015 the company moved again, this time to Sainte Foy-lès-Lyon, where they set up in an old carpentry factory. Their tenure there would allow them to continue to open up the immaterial space of that which is shared, something that obstinately seeks to make itself manifest while encouraging the unfolding of a new ambitious project: RAMDAM, AN ART CENTRE. It is a place of horizontal sharing, dedicated to hosting artists and audience members alike. It is also a place intent on facilitating an on-going exchange and continuous circulation between those conducting research, amateurs, students, spectators and volunteers; as well as creating bridges between different artistic practices, laboratories, places for public relations, education and reflection.
- 1978: Grand Prix du Concours chorégraphique international de Bagnolet - 2003: Grand Prix de la danse du Syndicat de la critique for
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- 2003: American Dance Festival Award
- 2006: Special jury prize Syndicat de la critique for Umwelt
- 2008: Bessie Award for Umwelt presented at the Joyce Theater
- 2008: Grand Prix de la danse du Syndicat de la critique for Turba
- 2011: Prix Danza & Danza for “Best Contemporary Dance Piece » for Salves - 2016: Golden Lion, Venice Biennale
More information : compagnie-maguy-marin.fr
Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).
During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.
From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.
Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of Numeridanse.tv, an online international video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.
Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website
More information: fabione.fr
Deux mille dix sept
Ulises Alvarez, Laura Frigato, Françoise Leick, Louise Mariotte, Mayalen Otondo, Cathy Polo, Ennio Sammarco, Marcelo Sepulveda, Adolfo Vargas
Albin Chavignon (et régie plateau)
Nelly Geyres assistée de Raphaël Lo Bello, conception d’éléments costumes Montserrat Casanova, Éléments d’accessoires Paul Pédebidau
Antoine Garry et Loïc Goubet
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
COPRODUCTION Centre Culturel André Malraux - Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, Théâtre de la Ville / Festival d’Automne - Paris, Opéra de Lille, MC2: Grenoble, Centre Chorégraphique National - Nancy, Manège / Scène Nationale - Reims, Maison de la Danse - Lyon, Centre Chorégraphique National - Grenoble, Théâtre Garonne / Scène européenne -Toulouse, ADAMI. Avec le soutien du Théâtre, Scène nationale de Mâcon.
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Maison de la Danse - Fabien Plasson