Choreographer(s) : Haleb, Christophe (France)
Following the thread of a choreography in the emblematic and secret places of cities visibly marked by colonial history, the film is constructed by proposing to cross an urban cartography imagined by a youth with a fragmented and plural reality.
ENTROPICO is a series of urban crossings that transport us to the cities of Marseille, Havana and Fort-de-France, listening to a youth in the archipelago. These young people bring us into their privileged playgrounds, their dances, their reflections, and give us a glimpse of their lifestyles and their ways of gathering.
ENTROPICO seeks to capture the search for identity of these adolescents and questions the place they make in our society. By filming the multitude of young people and the public space of different cities, Christophe Haleb questions the relationship of dance to public space with its uses and modes of appropriation, its possibilities and impossibilities of movement, its areas of movement. confrontation, withdrawal and exposure, its openings and its limits, both topographical and political. ENTROPICO is a long-term film project started in 2017 in Marseille and in the cities of Havana and Fort-de-France.
This project is part of the audiovisual and choreographic project ENTROPIC NOW.
Source: La Zouze
Christophe Haleb began studying classical dance in 1970 aged 6, at the Conservatoire de Vincennes. In 1979 he tried out the work and communal lifestyle of the Physical Dance Theatre - Theatre in Transition, an artists' collective, directed by actor and producer Richard Thomas Cianci, in Avignon.
Up until 1982 he took part in workshops with Twyla Tharp in Châteauvallon, Odile Duboc in Aix-en-Provence, Peter Goss and Dominique Bagouet in Montpellier. In Marseilles he took up classical dance training again with Isabelle and Gérard Thaillade (Roland Petit). During his first period of study in New York in the summer of 1982, he was awarded a bursary to study at the Lester Horton Studio with Milton Myers. He also took lessons with Christopher Pilafian - Jennifer Muller Company, Douglas Wassel of the American Ballet, Patricia Soriero (Steps Studio) and Ann Reinking (Bob Foss). He discovered modern dance through the St Mark's Church workshops. On his return to Marseilles, he followed the teaching of Michelle Mottet (Maurice Béjart). With Anne Koren and Lisa Nelson, he experimented with work on perception and movement. The practice of the Feldenkrais Method and Body-Mind Centering ® as well as sessions of contact dance improvisation with Gilles Musard, Mark Tompkins and Steve Paxton, nourished his relationship with movement. From 1983 onwards, he was a performer for Rui Horta, Anne Dreyfus, Andy Degroat, Angelin Preljocaj, Daniel Larrieu and François Verret, before founding his own company La Zouze in 1993.
Among his recent works: Shoe in modern time and De-camping (Dé-camper), in situ creations in the display windows of the Printemps de la Mode shop in Paris (2006), the solo Yes, Yes, Yes written for Isabelle Boutrois (2004), Strata and Spheres (Strates et Sphères) at the Théâtre National de Chaillot (2003), Idyllique, produced at the Théâtre de la Ville – Les Abbesses (2001)... In 2008-2009 he worked on Evelyne House of Shame, a project of soirées based on the concept of the salon and art cabaret which invite the audience to get involved and to temporarily take over architectural heritage sites in Marseilles, and Marseilles Diversions (Déviations Marseillaises), a chronical of relationships across the city of Marseilles.
Alongside the creation of his shows, the company also orients its work towards the crossover of disciplines and runs various projects in collaboration with actors, singers, musicians (electronic music), plastic artists, film and video producers, photographers, architects and sociologists. For him, the field of choreography extends beyond that of dance.
Updating: November 2010
A cross-disciplinary career
For 20 years, LA ZOUZE - Christophe Haleb Cie has been upholding its choreographic writing process and artistic creativity within the contemporary dance field. Based in MARSEILLES and on research work covering other artforms, this process is open to interdisciplinarity and team dynamics.
LA ZOUZE is a sensitive production area, a set of artistic practices which question the notions of "movement" and "language" in all their meanings, thus dealing with different kinds of issues, such as space, body and mind as well as artistic interventions, in relation to different persons and audiences. An approach which puts the issues at stake into contact with reality, emotions, love, etc.
LA ZOUZE's aesthetic, theoretical or political approach of dance concretely activates an experimentation field, where each artist can become involved in a singular way and play with one another. Thus arise the issues of space installation, presence of and in space, well-being, work, destiny, time appropriation, relation to oneself and others, communication... This approach strives to build a singular and collective imaginary world, inscribed in reality and the combination of elements deriving from of our urban, popular, choreographic, erotic, physical and philosophical culture, as a way of transcending one's social condition.
Several connecting styles and levels, formats, genres and representations can be brought into play. A roundtrip between the stage and "off site", which is part of the ongoing reflection and artistic activity of LA ZOUZE.
This is the first year for the funding agreement with the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - DRAC Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur. La Zouze – Christophe Haleb Cie is also subsidized by the Conseil Régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône and the city of MARSEILLES.
Artistic direction / Conception : Christophe Haleb
Interpretation : Avec la collaboration de groupes de jeunes des différentes villes traversées (La Havane, Marseille, Fort-de-France)
Original music : Benoist Bouvot
Video conception : Coréalisation : Christophe Haleb et Alain Trompette ; Images : Alain Trompette ; Montage : Sylvain Piot
Sound : Benoist Bouvot
Production / Coproduction of the video work : La Zouze – Cie Christophe Haleb. Coproduction : Tropiques Atrium – scène nationale de Martinique à Fort-de-France. Soutiens financiers : la DGCA – Direction Générale de la Création Artistique – ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, la Direction des affaires culturelles de Martinique à Fort-de-France, le FEAC – Fonds d’aide aux échanges artistiques et culturelle pour l’outre-mer, l’Institut Français.
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