Les Trois Contents
Les Trois Contents
”Les trois contents” (2008) is a short film by Arnold Pasquier. It was shot at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres based on a choreography by Julie Desprairies. It was created as part of a Compagnie des Prairies residency at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres.
Remark by Arnold Pasquier in 2019 :
"For one year, the choreographer Julie Desprairies worked regularly at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres, collecting porcelain manufacturing gestures and body shapes produced by the ceramists (the famous Sèvres "biscuits"). Through the materials and tools used, the furniture and volume of the workshops, the Manufacture is an inhabited place, both photogenic and potentially fictional. The continuous cohabitation of ceramists in their precise and meticulous gestures, with old and contemporary porcelain pieces, offer each time promises of fiction.
I have proposed a transcription of the patient appropriation of movements in a narrative that unfolds in the various workshops of the Manufacture."
Following theatre and visual arts studies, she created her first production in 1998 in stone quarries of Pont-du-Gard. The site’s materials, usages and specificities are at the origin of her work. She asserts her contextual approach by applying it to a number of modern and contemporary architectures. Her choreographies are written and presented in the buildings, whose spatial, historical and human characteristics guide her dramaturgical, plastic and choreographic choices. She advocates applied dance (like “applied art”), where the body serves as a tool to measure the spaces built. Her aim is to give visibility to the movement of places.
Her love of the gestures taken from the places she occupies has led to her interest in working gestures. She frequently associates with her creations the people she has met in these places (140 inhabitants and tradespeople from the Gratte-ciel in Villeurbanne, 192 amateurs and employees from the Opéra de Lyon). While her performances take place in public places, she develops adaptable projects, based on landscapes and agriculture or on the theme of the funfair.
She has set up an “Atelier de création radiophonique”, a programme for the radio station France Culture and produced three films: Autour du parc at La Villeneuve in Grenoble with Louise Narboni, Cinq points de vue autorisés on Les Courtillières, with Vladimir Léon and L’Architecte de Saint-Gaudens, with Serge Bozon. She has mounted a number of projects overseas, inviting native dancers, and has written Manuel d’entraînement régulier du danseur urbain and Danser l’architecture (2017).
Source : Cie Despraires
Arnold Pasquier was born in Paris in 1968. After studying visual arts and cinema, he made tests in Super 8 and video, in which he developed a world of filmed newspapers and fictions. At the age of twenty, he approaches contemporary dance and collaborates with choreographers as documentarist and dancer. This experience marks the realization of a work where dance holds an important place.
From 1997 to 1999, he was received as a resident artist at the Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France) where he designed the installation "C'est ici que j'avais des baisers" (1997-1999) and produced about twenty short films, four radio design workshops For France Culture and dance performances capturing. In 1999, he presented the show "C'est merveilleux" in the Grande Nef du Fresnoy. He is the author of numerous films (fiction, documentary, video art), staged shows, scenographies, radio broadcasts. His work is articulated at the crossroads of these different disciplines. Winner of a residence Villa Médicis Hors les Murs (outside the wall) in Sao Paulo in 2004, he dances for Julie Desprairies in "La danse en accès accès", "Vue sur la mer" and "Là commence le ciel". He co-signs with her the video-dance installation "Les 3 contents", the result of the residence of the choreographer at the Manufacture de Sèvres (France).
Source: Website of the Compagnie des prairies
More information https://arnoldpasquier.com
Les Trois Contents
Artistic direction / Conception : Arnold Pasquier
Choreography : Julie Desprairies
Interpretation : Nedjma Merahi, Élise Ladoué, Olivier Renouf
Additionnal music : Stretchandrelax (Elise Ladoué & Félicia Atkinson)
Costumes : Juliette Barbier, assistée de Lucille Vareilles
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Compagnie des prairies
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