How can you create a community out of solitude? From an idiom invented alone, using the inflections of a shared language, constructing the future of a collective event? In 2005, as an extension of Good Boy..., Alain Buffard set the character to work again, expanding him by increasing the number of singularities. Made up of a choreographic fugue whose performers – men and women – form the counterpoints, Mauvais genre creates a landscape of contrasts and echoes: an architectonics of the body spread out in space, between which the gaze shifts – gauging the gaps, the repetitions, the modes of appropriation specific to the material.
The tools forged for the solo are redistributed according to new fault lines, torn from their original matrix to be recalibrated, rendered permeable to other artistic and political actions. Far from an army of clones, the group reveals an archipelago of solitudes; each dancer, from his own questionings, reappropriates the objects of Good Boy, metabolises them and puts them back into circulation, in an endless movement of exploration and transmission.
Alain Buffard starts dancing in 1978 with Alwin Nikolaïs at the Centre national de danse contemporaine in Angers. He dances in several productions from Brigitte Farges and Daniel Larrieu, as well as Régine Chopinot, Philippe Decouflé. He realizes a choreography for two plays with Marie-Christine Georghiu, accompanied by the Rita Mitsuko rock group, a first solo "Bleu nuit" in 1988, and Wagner's Master singers of Nuremberg staged by Claude Régy in 1989.
While carrying on his career of dancer, he works as an assistant in Anne de Villepoix 's Gallery for exhibitions on R. Zaugg, Fischli & Weiss, Chris Burden and V. Acconci. At the same time, he is a correspondent for two Norwegian daily papers, for which he covers visual arts events in France. He stops dancing between 1991 and 1996. In 1996 he makes two decisive meetings : one with Yvonne Rainer on the occasion of the updating of her play Continuous Project Altered Daily by the Albrecht KNUST Quatuor, and another one with Anna Haplrin, with whom he is working as the winner of the "Villa Medicis - hors les murs" prize.
In January 1998 he creates "Good boy", his second solo, and then makes in 1999 two trios INtime / EXtime and MORE et encore. "Tout va bien" is premiered in June 2010 at Festival Montpellier Danse and his last piece "Baron Samedi" is created in April 2012 at the Théâtre de Nîmes where he was an associated artist for both seasons 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
He also realized "My lunch with Anna", a film with Anna Halprin in California with the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France and le Fresnoy national studio for contemporary arts, where he was associated artist during the season 2004-2005.
Source: Alain Buffard 's website
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Artistic direction / Conception
Alain Buffard - Reconstruction 2017 Matthieu Doze, Christophe Ives
Jérôme Andrieu, Nadia Beugré, Christine Bombal, Pauline Brun, Jonas Chéreau, Hanna Hedman, Christophe Ives, Thibault Lac, Nuno Lucas, Jeanne-Nora Bennouar, Olivier Normand, Sylvain Prunenec, Enora Rivière, Claire Servant - Guests : Matthieu Doze, Claudia Triozzi, Miguel Gutierrez
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy
Accompagnement artistique Fanny de Chaillé
Andante de la sonate n°1 en si mineur de Jean-Sébastien Bach BWV 1014 par Glenn Gould et Jaime Laredo Good Boy par Kevin Coyne New York, New York par Wendy Mae Chambers Sources : disques collection Palix
Accompagnement technique Christophe Poux et Jérémie Sananes
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Production Isabelle Ellul Communication Jeanne Dantin Production Association PI:ES Alain Buffard. Coproduction CN D Centre national de la danse, théâtre de Nîmes – scène conventionnée pour la danse contemporaine. Résidence CN D Centre national de la danse. Première annulée au festival Montpellier danse en juin 2003. Spectacle créé en octobre 2003 au Festival I love Dijon et reconstruit en 2017. Avec le soutien d'Eminence.