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Light Music

Numeridanse 2004 - Director : De Mey, Thierry

Choreographer(s) : De Mey, Thierry (Belgium)

Present in collection(s): Numeridanse , Charleroi danses [2005-2016]

Video producer : Grame ; Charleroi Danses

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Light Music

Numeridanse 2004 - Director : De Mey, Thierry

Choreographer(s) : De Mey, Thierry (Belgium)

Present in collection(s): Numeridanse , Charleroi danses [2005-2016]

Video producer : Grame ; Charleroi Danses

en fr

Light Music

with Jean Geoffroy, conductor/soloist

"To play Light Music is to rediscover oneself, to relearn simple movements in all their power and, above all, their fragility.
Hand gestures, body movements, a line or a curve can say it all.
A rustle, a breath, and everything falls into place; beating of the torn heart.
"Threads drawn out" into "infinities", from "chaos" to the "dancing stars" as they rise, a single possible end: "Silence must be". Like an echo of our anxieties, our doubts…"

Jean Geoffroy

 

Pushing back the frontier between movements that produce sound and the movements of dance, Light Music transfigures those of a performer confronting his audience alone. The piece makes play with the poetic duality of movement: permanence of hands given form by light ; remanence of imprints – ephemeral, ethereal, sensual, sharp, percussive – projected on the screen. Movement and music correlate, collide, generate and suspend reciprocally, bearing us away towards chaos, and of course towards the silence, that must be.

Through his diffusion on stage, Light Music is continually improving in order to free the performer from the constraints of the seizing of movements. In this way, he acquires a better autonomy of interpretation and a maximum of responsability in the management of audio and musical triggers. The audio samples have also been record again with the percussionist Jean Geoffroy on the basis of acoustic textures.

Thierry de Mey, conception and composition
Jean Geoffroy, performer, conductor/soloist
Christophe Lebreton, conception of the interactive systems (Grame)
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Production Grame, national center for musical creation in Lyon 
Coproduction Charleroi Danses, Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Collaboration Gmem, national center for musical creation in Marseille
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Gmem-French Cultural Ministry commission
First performance Musiques en Scène Biennale, Lyon, March 2004

De Mey, Thierry

De Mey, Thierry

Thierry De Mey, born in 1956, is a composer and filmmaker. An instinctive feel for movement guides his entire work, allowing him to tackle and integrate a variety of disciplines. The premise behind his musical and filmic writing is the desire for rhythm to be experienced in the body or bodies, revealing the musical meaning for the author, performer and audience. He has developed a system of musical writing for movement used in pieces where the visual and choreographic aspects are just as important as the gesture producing the sound, such as in "Musique de tables" (1987), "Silence must be!" (2002) and "Light Music", which premiered at Lyon's Musiques en Scène biennial festival in 2004.


A large part of his music production is intended for dance and cinema. He has often been more than a composer for the choreographers Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and his sister Michèle Anne De Mey, offering his precious collaboration in the invention of "formal strategies" – to use a favourite expression of his. Among his main work let us mention "Rosas danst Rosas", "Amor constante", "April me", "Kinok" (choreographies by A. T. De Keersmaeker), "What the body does not remember", "Les porteuses de mauvaises nouvelles", "Le poids de la main" (choreographies by W. Vandekeybus), "Dantons Töd" (dir. Bob Wilson), "Musique de table", "Frisking" pour percussions, un quatuor à cordes, "Counter Phrases", etc.


He participated in the foundation of Maximalist! and the Ictus ensemble which created several of his pieces (dir. G E Octors). His music has been performed by major ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, the Hilliard Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Muzikfabrik and the Orchestre Symphonique de Lille. Thierry De Mey's installations, in which music, dance, video and interactive processes work together, have been presented in events such as the Venice and Lyon biennials as well as in many museums. His work has received national and international awards (Bessie Awards, Eve du Spectacle, Forum des compositeurs de l'Unesco, FIPA, etc). The film/installation "Deep in the wood" (2002-2004) involved more than 70 dancers/choreographers. For the film "Counter Phrases" (2003-2004), nine composers answered his dance/film invitation : S. Reich, F. Romitelli, M. Lindberg, T. Hosokawa, G. Aperghis, J. Harvey, L. Francesconi, R. De Raaf and S. Van Eycken. In 2003, the working process with ATDK for "April me" was the subject of a documentary entitled "Corps accord", produced by ARTE which has also broadcast and co-produced most of his films.

Since July 2005, Thierry De Mey is artistic director of Charleroi/Danses along with Pierre Droulers, Michele Anne De Mey and Vincent Thirion.


In 2006, he realised an installation adapted from Perrault's tale, "Barbe Bleue" (Bluebeard), plus a film, "One Flat Thing, reproduced" based on the choreography by William Forsythe and broadcast by Arte in October. In 2007 he made From Inside for the Charleroi/Danses Biennale, an interactive installation in the form of a triptych. For the 2009 Charleroi/Danses Biennale, he created "Equi Voci", a polyptych of dance films accompanied by orchestral music and which includes "Prélude à la mer", a film based on one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's most beautiful choreographies which he shot by the Aral Sea in October 2009. His latest film – "La Valse", choreographed by Thomas Hauert and the ZOO dance company – completes and close this project.


Source : Charleroi/danses


More information : www.charleroi-danses.be

Light Music

Artistic direction / Conception : Thierry De Mey

Interpretation : Interprète/chef solo Jean Geoffroy

Video conception : Conception dispositif interactif Christophe Lebreton

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production Grame, centre national de création musicale à Lyon Coproduction Charleroi Danses, Centre chorégraphique de la Communauté française de Belgique Collaboration Gmem, centre national de création musicale à Marseille - Commande Gmem-Ministère de la Culture Création Biennale Musiques en Scène à Lyon, Mars 2004

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