“Unlike his previous show, “Downfall”, that dealt with implosion, Alban Richard created “disperse”, a piece "expanding universe that emerges through falls and exchanges". The theme that is developed in variations throughout the show enables the troop to contract and distends the space onstage, thereby endowing space with has temporal dimension.
Henri Michaux referred to "drawing time passing by". How does time affect space? wonders Alban Richard. In his show, it is an abstract structure that generates black holes and time zones which pace and density vary greatly in a long and continuous depiction. Energy runs from q body to another, with no purpose, q fluid energy that does nothing goal flow, like atoms caught in particle accelerator. The bodies skins pass each other without ever touching each other, always one the road of falling and bursting.”
Source : CCN Caen, Normandy
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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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 new challenges identified by Alban Richard for the centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie.
Associated artists 2019-2021: Marco da Silva Ferreira and Mette Edvardsen
Companion artists 2020: Herman Diephuis and Michel Schweizer
Artistic direction / Conception
Cyril Accorsi, Céline Angibaud, Mélanie Cholet, Max Fossati, Laurie Giordano, David Lerat, Laëtitia Passard et Agathe Pfauwadel
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Production ensemble l’Abrupt Coproduction Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint-Denis, Arcadi Ile-de-France, CCN de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de l’accueil-studio Avec l’aide du Ministère de la culture-DRAC Ile-de-France/ aide au projet Résidence de recherche : projet micadanse / Ville de Paris Avec l’aide de Brigitte Hyon / RIDC, La Ménagerie de Verre / Paris, Théâtre de la Ville / Paris, Centre National de la Danse / Pantin.