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May B [remontage 2017]

CN D - Centre national de la danse Danse en amateur et répertoire 2017 - Director : Zeriahen, Karim

Choreographer(s) : Marin, Maguy (France)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , Danse en amateur et répertoire

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

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May B [remontage 2017]

CN D - Centre national de la danse Danse en amateur et répertoire 2017 - Director : Zeriahen, Karim

Choreographer(s) : Marin, Maguy (France)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , Danse en amateur et répertoire

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

May B [remontage 2017]

An extract remodelled by the company Edva (Sainte-Clotilde), artistic manager Véronique Asencio, as part of the “Danse en amateur et repertoire” programme (2016) (a programme created to assist and promote amateur dancing).


The group
 Based in Sainte-Clotilde on La Reunion Island and directed by Véronique Asencio, Edva brings together young students from the OI La Danse school. Students are offered technical classes and research workshops, a cursus completed by the dissemination of shows. Participation in the “Danse en amateur et repertoire” programme allows them to experience first-hand how professionals live on tour and to discover in detail the functioning of a troupe. 

The project
 The choice to work on an extract from May B (1981), a flagship work by Maguy Marin and, more widely still, of the history of dance, in this instance remodelled by Isabelle Sissmann-Missal, allows the young interpreters to try their hands at a powerful story that combines dance and narration on the subjects of “constituent shatterings, giving birth and childhood”. It also frees an area of research around a unique language, a creative process and, more broadly, offers to strengthen within them a choreographic culture. 

The choreographer
 Of Spanish origin, born in Toulouse in 1951, Maguy Marin began her apprenticeship at Maurice Béjart’s Mudra school in Brussels. She founded an initial company with Daniel Ambash, before being awarded a prize at the Concours de Bagnolet in 1978. Based at the Maison des arts de Créteil between 1980 and 1990, her company became a Centre chorégraphique national in 1985. Collaborating with the composer Denis Mariotte since 1987, Maguy Marin creates a highly personal language, delving into the gestures and sounds of the body, dance and text, live music, seeking allies in the world of literature. Existential, connected to the individual and the group, her dance condenses powerful aesthetic and philosophical challenges. At the head of the Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape, in the Lyon suburbs, since 1998, her company regained its independence in 2011. Maguy Marin has produced more than forty shows.

Marin, Maguy

Maguy Marin was born in Toulouse in 1951 and studied dance at the conservatory there before joining the Strasbourg Ballet. In 1970 she was accepted at Maurice Béjart’s school Mudra, where she stayed three years before becoming a soloist (for four seasons) with the Ballet of the 20th Century, under the direction of Maurice Béjart. A turning point would come at the end of this period seeing her shed all her previously held conceptions “allowing a multitude of creative choices, liberty and also constraints to emerge. Nothing was ever the same”. She also began questioning the body types idealized within the dance world, a subject that would become central in her work. “With Maurice Béjart the body was magnified. Youth, virtuosity, everything sparkled. And I had a problem with that. I asked myself what happened to all those other bodies, the ones that were infirm, misshapen or uncoordinated, but who managed to keep standing nonetheless.” 


Between 1980 and 1997 Maguy Marin was based at the Maison des arts in Créteil, with her company becoming an official Choreographic Centre in 1985. 


From 1998 until 2011 she directed the National Choreographic Centre in Rillieux-la-Pape. After which time the company once again became independent, setting up in Toulouse in order to continue their creative research. In 2015 the company moved again, this time to Sainte Foy-lès-Lyon, where they set up in an old carpentry factory. Their tenure there would allow them to continue to open up the immaterial space of that which is shared, something that obstinately seeks to make itself manifest while encouraging the unfolding of a new ambitious project: RAMDAM, AN ART CENTRE. It is a place of horizontal sharing, dedicated to hosting artists and audience members alike. It is also a place intent on facilitating an on-going exchange and continuous circulation between those conducting research, amateurs, students, spectators and volunteers; as well as creating bridges between different artistic practices, laboratories, places for public relations, education and reflection. 


- 1978: Grand Prix du Concours chorégraphique international de Bagnolet - 2003: Grand Prix de la danse du Syndicat de la critique for
Les applaudissements ne se mangent pas
- 2003: American Dance Festival Award 

- 2006: Special jury prize Syndicat de la critique for Umwelt
- 2008: Bessie Award for Umwelt presented at the Joyce Theater
- 2008: Grand Prix de la danse du Syndicat de la critique for Turba
- 2011: Prix Danza & Danza for “Best Contemporary Dance Piece » for Salves - 2016: Golden Lion, Venice Biennale 

More information : compagnie-maguy-marin.fr

Zeriahen, Karim

From live stage images to life in images, the  director and video artist Karim Zeriahen seems to have found the  shortest way. Since the beginning of the 90s, when he worked in close  relationship with choreographer Philippe Decouflé, he learned how to put  the art of stage in motion, contemporary dance most of the time. Karim  Zeriahen then starts a fruitful collaboration with Montpellier based  choreographer Mathilde Monnier. Stop, Videlilah, day of night, short  films adapted from her stage creations. Each time, Karim Zeriahen's   camera takes over the place with movement, the body language is not  frozen but magnified. Choreographer Herman Diephuis also joins this  gallery of dancing portraits. Documentaries on figures such like Albert  Maysles or Hubert de Givenchy and from Joe Dalessandro to Paul  Morrissey, he sets a signature, a camera always in action with  confidence.

Today the director goes further with a new  project and tracks the subtle movements of the body language beyond the  physical appearance. A collection of living portraits as unique pièces  reminding us of the master portraitists of renaissance. These living  natures consists in filming the subject in a certain amount of time,  almost still, with signs of respiration, eye blinks, as if it were  posing for a painting. They are then displayed on a flat screen with a  memory card. With this collection starting, Karim Zeriahen, with his  documentary and artist vision, interrogates himself about the virtual  world filled with images. By taking a pause, and his models with him, he  questions the way we look at things, the way we look at life.


Source: Philippe Noisette 


En savoir plus: www.karimzeriahen.com

May B [remontage 2017]

Choreography : Maguy Marin

Interpretation : Ornella Alessandri, Cécile Barau, Noémi Fidji, Mathilde Geyer, Camille Grondin, Hugo Hagen, Eva Hoarau, Emma Law-Bo-Kang, Carmen Serrat, Lilla Vigneron-Asencio

Additionnal music : Franz Schubert, le Carnaval de Binche, Gavin Bryars

Other collaborations : Extrait remonté par la compagnie Edva (Sainte-Clotilde), responsable artistique Véronique Asencio, dans le cadre de Danse en amateur et répertoire (2016) - Transmission Isabelle Sissmann-Missal

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