Les gestes de la danse : Abou Lagraa
Les gestes de la danse
Through these different episodes, "Les gestes de la danse" (Dance gestures) invites choreographers accustomed to Chaillot to question the gesture of their choice.
With Carolyn Carlson, José Montalvo, Tatiana Julien, Jann Gallois, Noé Soulier, Abou Lagraa, Michèle Noiret and Olivier Dubois.
Co-developed by the La Baraka company and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, the Premier(s) Pas programme is a springboard for professional dancers from multiple horizons. A magnificent chance for these ten performers. To participate in two creations on the same show first, but also to be individually accompanied for the management of their career afterwards. The two parts of the Premier(s) Pas show magnificently highlight, in an emancipatory dance, the diversity of each person’s language and talents. Signed by Nawal, the first opus combines contemporary, hip-hop, jazz and classical dance on a composition by Olivier Innocenti based on the famous Agnus Dei by Barber, whereas Abou has chosen Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for a piece that is at once feminine and masculine. A double deflagration.
Born in Annonay, Abou Lagraa began dancing at the age of 16 before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, Lyon. He began his career as a dancer at the S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre, Frankfurt with Rui Horta and became his assistant on a project at the Calouste Gulbenkian Centre, Lisbon. He was soon noticed and went on to work with Robert Poole, Denis Plassard and Lionel Hoche. His qualities as a performer have been rewarded twice: in 1998 by the 2nd Prize for performance at the Paris International Dance Competition, then in 2009 by the prize for Best Male Dancer, awarded by the International Movimentos Dance Prize. In 1997 he founded his own company, La Baraka.
Once again, recognition came quickly; numerous French venues programmed the young choreographer and he received proposals for collaboration. As a result, after 4 years as an associated artist at Bonlieu Scène Nationale in Annecy, since 2009 Abou Lagraa and his company have been hosted in production residency at Gémeaux Scène Nationale, Sceaux. The fame of the company spread rapidly beyond France's borders and tours followed one after the other, throughout Europe and also in the United States, Algeria, Tunisia and Indonesia… Alongside his work with the company, Abou Lagraa is regularly in demand by large organisations.
In 2001 he devised Fly, Fly for the CCN Ballet de Lorraine. This piece later was subsequently added to the repertoire of the ABC Dance Company of St Pölten in Austria.
In 2003 he devised a work for the second-year students of the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine, Angers, then in 2007 for the pupils of the Frankfurt Hochschule and the pupils of the Centre Méditerranéen de Danse Contemporaine, Tunis.
In 2006 his work entered the repertoire of the Paris Opéra Ballet with Le Souffle du Temps, a piece for 21 dancers, including 3 étoiles (Marie-Agnès Gillot, Manuel Legris, Wilfried Romoli). Then, in 2008, he composed Everyone's One at the invitation of Ballet Memphis (USA).
Since 2009, in association with the Algerian Ministry of Culture and th Algerian Agency for the Cultural Brilliance, he works, with Nawal Aït Benalla-Lagraa, in the elaboration of a “Mediterranean Cultural Bridge", the project of French-Algerian cooperation for the development of the dance and the artistic exchanges which will contain a program of Training and creation. In this frame, he sees confiding for July, 2009, the choreography of Closing ceremony of the 2nd Pan-African Festival of Algiers. In 2010, he creates the Ballet Contemporain d'Alger, under the Nawal Aït Benalla-Lagraa's educational responsibility, with a first piece NYA. The success of which ends in several national and international tours.
This piece was to be distinguished in 2011 when it was awarded the Grand Prix de la Critique as “Best Choreography of the Year”.
In 2016, he becomes the « Dream up » ambassador, an international arts-based education programme set up by the BNP Paribas foundation. This programme will help some 30,000 underprivileged or disabled children and teenagers to develop and find fulfilment by practising an artistic or creative activity.
In 2016, he becomes “Chevalier des arts et des lettres” nominated by the French ministry of culture.
Source : Cie La Baraka
More information : https://www.aboulagraa.fr/
Audiovisual manager responsible for audiovisual productions at Chaillot - National Theater of Dance.
Chaillot-Théâtre national de la Danse
The Théâtre National de Chaillot is one of the five French national theatres (public institutions whose missions are defined by the State) and the only one to have a project built around and based on dance. Under the double supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Budget, it has been directed since 2011 by the choreographer and dancer Didier Deschamps.
The legend of Chaillot
Installed at the heart of the Palais de Chaillot, the Théâtre National de Chaillot, that became in 2016 Chaillot – National Theatre of Dance, is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions of Paris, not only for the unique place it has in the history of performing arts – namely with the great adventure of the National Popular Theatre founded by Firmin Gémier, then carried and developed by the mythical personality of Jean Vilar – but also in that of France and the world as it is in the big theatre room that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed on the 10th of December 1948. An exceptional venue in the capital, the theatre can welcome each night more than 1 600 spectators, in its three rooms (Salle Jean Vilar of 1 200 seats, Salle Firmin Gémier of 390 seats, Studio Maurice Béjart of 100 seats). Its Grand Foyer facing the Trocadéro Fountain, the Eiffel Tower and the Champ-de-Mars, permanently offers one of the most famous views in the world. The public spaces of the theatre are also host to an important collection of sculptures, paintings, frescoes and pastels signed by the greatest artists of their time: Paul Belmondo, Louis Billotey, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Brianchon, Roger Chapelain-Midy, Maurice Denis, Othon Friesz, Henri Laurens, Aristide Maillol as well as Édouard Vuillard.
Source: Chaillot-Théâtre National de la Danse
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Les gestes de la danse
Artistic direction / Conception : Didier Deschamps
Choreography : Carolyn Carlson, José Montalvo, Tatiana Julien, Jann Gallois, Noé Soulier, Abou Lagraa, Michèle Noiret, Olivier Dubois
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse, 2022