Put back in its context, the 1960s and the boom of the leisure industry, Léo Ferré’s song features a girl who catches the eye and fantasy of the greasers and crooners on an outing to a funfair. Interpreted by Laurence Rondoni, she has the eyes of a sorceress. A small moment of joy! Everywhere we look, the setting changes and comes to life. Plays of reflections, picture-in-picture effects and visual gags sweep the song along at a rapid pace that always falls on its feet. Facetious, the lights give the melody its rhythm and flash prettily in the girl’s eyes. It’s as shiny and colourful as a worthless trinket.
Source : Fabienne Arvers
A key figure of French contemporary dance, appointed as director of the National Choreography Centre (CCN) of Tours in 1994, he has pursued his creative work with the Astrakan Company since 2004. He has multiplied his choreographic experiences with, in particular, “Marche, danses de verdure” (2004), “Never Mind” (2006) and “Lux” (2010). In 2010, he danced on drifting ice floes in Greenland and created “Ice Dream, installation plastique”. In 2011, he created “Big Little B” and “En Piste” with Pascale Houbin and Dominique Boivin. He became the associate artist at the Manège in Reims and at the Échangeur in Fère-en-Tardenois. At the beginning of 2012 at the Athénée Theatre, hand-in-hand with Gloria Paris, he created “Divine”, a theatrical variation choreographed from “Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs” (Our Lady of the Flowers) by Jean Genet.
Source : Daniel Larrieu
Further information : Daniel Larrieu Website
Artistic direction / Conception
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Heure d'été productions, Qwazi Qwazi film, Arte, CNC, ministère de la culture (DMD), ministère des affaires étrangères, Procirep
One dance, one song
The idea has all it takes to please: with the complicity of a director, a choreographer plays along by masterfully setting to dance a melody taken from the repertoire of French song, where, most often, poetry rhymes with humour and tenderness. While none of these dances resembles a video-clip supposed to illustrate the song, they are always an original choreographic proposal. A contemporary version of the old “chansons de geste” (French epic poems), they allow access, in just a few minutes, to the highly diversified universes of the choreographers. Take a song, its verses and its chorus, the interpreter’s tone of voice, the subject or the atmosphere evoked, and see what images, colours, figures and rhythms dance could give them.
Source : Fabienne Arvers