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Dialogue with Rothko

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2018 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Carlson, Carolyn (France)

Dialogue with Rothko

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2018 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Carlson, Carolyn (France)

Dialogue with Rothko

Carolyn Carlson’s first encounter with Mark Rothko’s work was a shock. A plunge into the fulfilment of the present moment. A painting that envelops you, that aspires towards the infinity of meditation. His coloured squares are the most intense expression of a simplicity that relates directly to the essential.

No interpretation is necessary.

The solo carnally amplifies the inspired tribute, that the choreographer wrote to him in her work Dialogue with Rothko. The words and gestures unit to reveal the true nature of the being. Poetry, music, lights and dance vibrate with Rothko.

Carlson, Carolyn

California-born Carolyn Carlson defines herself first and foremost as a nomad. From San Francisco Bay to the University of Utah, from the Alwin Nikolais company in New York to Anne Béranger’s in France, from Paris Opera Ballet to Teatrodanza La Fenice in Venice, from the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris to Helsinki, from Ballet Cullberg to La Cartoucherie in Paris, from the Venice Biennale to Roubaix, Carlson is a tireless traveller, always seeking to develop and share her poetic universe.

She arrived in France in 1971 the beneficiary of Alwin Nikolais’s ideas about movement, composition and teaching. The following year, with Rituel pour un rêve mort, she wrote a poetic manifesto that defined an approach to her work that she has adhered to ever since: dance that is strongly oriented towards philosophy and spirituality. Carlson prefers the term ‘visual poetry’ to ‘choreography’ to describe her work. She creates works that express her poetic thoughts and a form of complete art within which movement occupies a special place. 

For four decades, Carlson has had significant influence and success in many European countries. She played a key role in the birth of French and Italian contemporary dance through the GRTOP (theatre research group) at Paris Opera Ballet and Teatrodanza at La Fenice.

She has created over 100 pieces, a large number of which are landmarks in the history of dance, including Density 21.5, The Year of the Horse, Blue Lady, Steppe, Maa, Signes, Writings on Water and Inanna. In 2006, her work was rewarded with the first ever Golden Lion given to a choreographer by the Venice Biennale.

Nowadays, Carolyn Carlson is director of two organisations: the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, an international centre for masterclasses, residencies and creating new works, which she founded in 1999 and the National Choreographic Centre Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais until December 2013, which produces and tours shows all over the world.


More information: en.carolyn-carlson.com

Plasson, Fabien

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

Dialogue with Rothko

Choreography : Carolyn Carlson

Interpretation : Carolyn Carlson

Stage direction : Rémi Nicolas, Yoshi Oïda (conseil)

Text : Carolyn Carlson

Original music : Jean-Paul Dessy

Live music : Jean-Paul Dessy

Lights : Rémi Nicolas

Other collaborations : Chrystel Zingiro, Aleksi Aubry-Carlson, Jarek Frankowski, Robert Pereira

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais coproduction | Le Manège de Mons (Belgique)

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