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Françoise Bénet is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She teaches at the Conservatoire de Lyon and is a trainer at the Centre National de la Danse in Lyon as well as at the CNSMD in Lyon.
She was trained in dance at the CNDC in Angers (1980-1981) under the direction of Alwin Nikolaïs. She performed for the Compagnie Danse Perspective with Lucien Mars, co-founder of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon.
She worked as a tutor for the Compagnie Propos de Denis Plassard, from 1990 to 2005.
Source: Françoise Bénet
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
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Artistic direction / Conception : Françoise Bénet
Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Gilles Grand / CANOPE
Choreography : Françoise Bénet
Interpretation : Françoise Bénet, Anne Buffat, Patricia Montorier, Florence Poudru, Jacques Pabst
Original music : Jean-Michel Cayre, Alfredo Gutierrez
Lights : Alain-Michel Millet
Costumes : Marie-Hélène Laperrière
Other collaborations : Christian Ganet (photo)
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon - Charles Picq, 1984
Dance to exist
Write the movement
Hip hop on French theater stages
A Rite of Passage
Käfig, portrait of a company
La part des femmes, une traversée numérique
The BNP Paribas Foundation
The national choreographic centres
The Dance Biennale
40 years of dance and music
A Numeridanse Story
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Modern Dance and Its American Roots [1900-1930] From Free Dance to Modern Dance
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