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Carolyn Carlson Company 1991 - Director : Granier, Laury

Choreographer(s) : Carlson, Carolyn (France)

Going Home

Carolyn Carlson Company 1991 - Director : Granier, Laury

Choreographer(s) : Carlson, Carolyn (France)

Going home

This work was filmed during the premiere on May 17, 1991 at Folkwang Tanzstudio, Essen, Germany. Carolyn Carlson had then moved to Finland and created Going Home there, the home country of her parents, from 1991 to 1992.

Carlson, Carolyn

California-born Carolyn Carlson defines herself first and foremost as a nomad. From San Francisco Bay to the University of Utah, from the Alwin Nikolais company in New York to Anne Béranger’s in France, from Paris Opera Ballet to Teatrodanza La Fenice in Venice, from the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris to Helsinki, from Ballet Cullberg to La Cartoucherie in Paris, from the Venice Biennale to Roubaix, Carlson is a tireless traveller, always seeking to develop and share her poetic universe.

She arrived in France in 1971 the beneficiary of Alwin Nikolais’s ideas about movement, composition and teaching. The following year, with Rituel pour un rêve mort, she wrote a poetic manifesto that defined an approach to her work that she has adhered to ever since: dance that is strongly oriented towards philosophy and spirituality. Carlson prefers the term ‘visual poetry’ to ‘choreography’ to describe her work. She creates works that express her poetic thoughts and a form of complete art within which movement occupies a special place. 

For four decades, Carlson has had significant influence and success in many European countries. She played a key role in the birth of French and Italian contemporary dance through the GRTOP (theatre research group) at Paris Opera Ballet and Teatrodanza at La Fenice.

She has created over 100 pieces, a large number of which are landmarks in the history of dance, including Density 21.5, The Year of the Horse, Blue Lady, Steppe, Maa, Signes, Writings on Water and Inanna. In 2006, her work was rewarded with the first ever Golden Lion given to a choreographer by the Venice Biennale.

Nowadays, Carolyn Carlson is director of two organisations: the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, an international centre for masterclasses, residencies and creating new works, which she founded in 1999 and the National Choreographic Centre Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais until December 2013, which produces and tours shows all over the world.

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Granier, Laury

Born in Paris, filmmaker, videographer, photographer and painter (multimedia artist).

Going home

Choreography : Carolyn Carlson

Interpretation : Regina Advento, Rainer Behr, Jennifer Blose, Daniel Condamines, Natascha Gallardo, Daniel Goldin, Johannes Kasperczyk, Daphnis Kokkinos, Christina Numa, Enrica Salvatori, Rodolfo Seas-Araya, Aida Vainieri

Original music : René Aubry

Lights : Roger Irman

Costumes : Anne Bentgens

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Folkwang Universität der Künste

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Laury Granier, Udnie Vidéo

Duration : 46'02

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