Elle semelle de quoi ?
Elle semelle de quoi? [Carmen]
A Carmen who doesn't touch the ground, a toreador who breaks, flying sneackers and a bit of rebel love... When a contemporary choreographer meets the hip-hop universe and puts it together with Bizet's Opera, the shock creates a wonderful choreographic piece full of humour, with delightful and choreographic deliriums. This Carmen left its mark!
Source : Cie Propos
Denis Plassard started to dance on a misunderstanding : wrapped up in crepe paper for the "End of the Year Show" in primary school, he was convinced that the steps meant something and that putting them together was just like writing sentences to tell a story... Since then, a question (a bit odd for a dancer/choreographer) haunts him: what does the movement mean? What do we say when we move?
He then decided to study dance and entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon. After he graduated, he danced for 2 seasons with Josette Baïz's company in Aix-en-Provence.
In 1991, at the age of 23, he set up his own company named after his first solo, “Propos”, which was created the year before. Very early in his choreographic career, he tried to create dynamic links between speech and movement and his work focused on the connection between "Dance and Text". His choreographic writing is precise, sharp and very theatrical, and his style is quirky and full of humour and derision. Prolific choreographer and eager dancer, he enjoys being confronted with new universes and is continually looking for artistic meetings and crossroads between different aesthetics.
From Kafka to Mermet, from Bizet to Labiche, from the stage to the circus ring, he keeps having new ideas that mix hip-hop, circus, music, theatre and dance.
Source : The company Propos 's website
More information : compagnie-propos.com
Born in 1973, he lives and works in Pantin.
Visual artist, Mathieu Bouvier is a plastician, a videast, a photographer, a scenograph and an independant researcher.. Diplomed from the Saint Etienne art school and the Lyon art school, from the Le Fresnoy studio and the Tourocing SNAC. Some of his works have been shown in public art centers ans others in private space for an individual audience. As a videast, scenographist and dramatist he is close from contemporary danse. He is leading practical theoretical researches through workshops conducted with choreographers on the notion of « figures » or how to convert signs between body, image and language.
Source: Mathieu Bouvier 's website
More information : mathieu.mathieu.free.fr
Artistic direction: Denis Plassard
Denis Plassard created the Compagnie Propos in 1991. Today, it gathers dancers and artists from different horizons (contemporary dance, hip-hop, circus, musicians) around the choreographer's work and universe in works that are very different in the form. The creation of new choreographies (about 40 in 25 years!) and the touring of its repertoire are at the heart of the company's activities. For the 2015-16 season, 7 different shows are on tour and, globally, 8 shows are available (the oldest was created in 2001 and was already performed more than 150 times). Whether it is in our studio or on tour, for young or grown-up people, for those who are flexible or not, the company also organises master-classes, workshops for children and their parents, choreographed balls, creation with amateur dancers... So that everybody can start dancing in a simple and amusing way! In spring 2004, the Compagnie Propos established its own premises: the Studio Lucien is a place to dance, to rehearse and to create; it is also a place for computers and for technical and scenery materials. This dance-dedicated space is not only a development tool for the company but is also open to other artists and companies.
Source: Cie Propos 's website
Elle semelle de quoi?
Choreography : Denis Plassard (avec la complicité des danseurs)
Interpretation : Paul Bulenzi, Jim Krummenacker, Madgid Lahlouh, Mickaël Lamarre (ou Salomon Baneck-Asaro), Sonia Mvondo (ou Constance Besançon)
Stage direction : Denis Plassard
Additionnal music : Carmen (extraits) de Georges Bizet, Direction Thomas Beecham Enregistrement 1958/1959 Paris
Lights : Jean Tartaroli, Sébastien Revel (régie)
Costumes : Geneviève Grabowski (Accessoires), Lori Chardonnet (Costumes)
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse - Danse ville danse 2001
Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces
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