Olivier Dubois has gone on to invent forms with extremely meticulous scores whose almost mechanical precision allows a state of abandonment
to be attained.
“Élégie”, his creation for the Ballet National de Marseille is to be seen as a melancholic crossing.
« A lament, themournful singing of the Angel... a melancholic creature, “that being who attests to the recognition of a higher level of reality in
the invisible”. It is the experience of creation… I - damaged!
Tame this dark magma. Nothing. Gaping openness, or savage survival, I am the victim of my own knife, I open the wound and watch my
world become flooded.
I am the Angel generated, poured out then turned over, swallowed by this night which spreads its darkness over everything.
I see it, there, like an attempt at dialogue in the afterlife, a reprieve... like the giddiness of a crazy horizon, the lunatic, the artist confronted
with the axis of his mortality, of his human finiteness. »
Born in 1972, Olivier Dubois created his first solo “Under Cover” in 1999. In 2005, he performed the duet “Féroces” with Christine Corday for the Théâtre de l'Esplanade, St Etienne. The SACD (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers) and the Avignon Festival invited him to compose a piece in 2006 in the context of “Vif du Sujet”, “Pour tout l'or du monde”.
In 2006 and 2007 he composed the first two parts of the Bdanse project: “En Sourdine” and “Peter Pan”. He has taught and led numerous workshops for companies and schools abroad. In June 2007 he was awarded the special jury prize by the Syndicat Professionnel de la Critique (Professional Critic's Union for theatre, music and dance), for his achievements as a performer and for “Pour tout l'or du monde”. He presented his new creation “Faune(s)” in 2008 at the Avignon Festival. At the ImpulsTanz Festival in 2008 in Vienna (Austria), he was awarded the Jardin d'Europe prize. In January 2009 he choreographed Offenbach's “La Périchole”, directed by Bérangère Jannelle at the Lille Opera.
He also held an exhibition in 2009, “L'interprète dévisagé”, at the Centre National de la Danse and in November 2009 he premièred “Révolution”, a piece for 14 female dancers set to variations on Ravel's Boléro. The Ballet Monte-Carlo commissioned a piece from him based on “Le Spectre de la Rose” for April 2010. He has performed for many choreographers and directors (Sasha Waltz, Nasser Martin-Gousset, Dominique Boivin, Jan Fabre, Emilio Calcagno, Charles Cré-Ange, Angelin Preljocaj, Karine Saporta, Elio Gervasi, Andy Degroat, Laura Simi...).
Sources : Biennale de la Danse press file ; the Company Olivier Dubois 's website
More information : sites.google.com/site/olivierduboiscod
Artistic direction / Conception
Danseurs du Ballet National de Marseille
Richard Wagner Elégie WWV 93 en la bémol
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Ballet National de Marseille, COD Cie Olivier Dubois
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Ballet National de Marseille