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Master Class Cédric Klapisch: Framing the frameless

Master Class Cédric Klapisch: Framing the frameless

Master Class Cédric Klapisch: Framing the frameless

I realise that there is an increasingly strong relationship between dance and the filming of dance. 

Even if I consider that dance is a “performing art”, created to be seen in real-life and “live” in a theatre and thus not to be filmed. The fact of filming has nevertheless become a significant complement. 

This has been even more true in the last two years where the successive lockdowns obliged dancers to ask themselves more questions than before about the notion of a filmed performance. 

For many years now, video has been a complementary tool for the memory and writing of dance. The various existing choreographic notation systems (stenochoreography, the Laban or Benesch system) can sometimes be replaced or at least completed by video to keep a trace of the creative steps of a choreographer. 

The notion of performance capture thus assumes particular importance today, even if the fact of retranscribing in two dimensions a work created to be seen and felt in three dimensions raises many questions. 

For years now, I have filmed different dance types. 

For documentaries, as part of performance captures. Also, I have just completed a feature length film that incorporates many dance scenes. 

Each time, specific staging issues arise.
The solutions are never the same.
Dance is an ideal activity to film.
It’s just about the “very best food” for the camera....
Yet its mysterious nature often makes the task very complicated.
All the staging possibilities offered to the director present challenges to stimulate creation. 

Cédric Klapisch 

Source : Numeridanse

Cretin, Mathieu

Mathieu Cretin is production director of the AVINIT society.

Klapisch, Cédric

French film director, born in Neuilly in 1961.
Following a Master’s thesis on Tex Avery and the Marx Brothers, Cédric Klapisch studied cinema at New York University (NYU) in 1983. On his return to France, he directed four short films, including the famous Ce qui me meut on Etienne- Jules Marey. His first feature film, Riens du tout, was nominated for the César awards in 1992. He then produced a TV drama for ARTE, Le Péril jeune, released on the big screen. This film, revealing Romain Duris, was a huge success with the public. He then produced more than ten feature films (Chacun cherche son chat, Un air de famille based on the play by Bacri and Jaoui, Ma part du gâteau, Paris and the trilogy consisting of L’Auberge espagnole, Les Poupées russes and Casse-tête chinois) as well as a number of documentaries including L’Espace d’un instant on the prima ballerina Aurélie Dupont, which was awarded a Fipa d’Or in 2010. His last film, Deux moi, was released in October 2019. His next film En corps will be released in March 2022.

Source: La Cinetek ; Numeridanse

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