With Primo toccare, everything happens at the first touch, at the first glance, as if the piece wanted to embody from the outset the transience of life and that of the work of art. In a game of evanescent images, between immobility and fluidity, sets, duets and trios follow one another which advance, strong in their classic technique, to produce sensations and dance experiences: transparent dances like glass and white light that bathes the scene.
Source : Biennale de la danse 2008
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
Balletto Teatro di Torino
Founded by Loredana Furno in 1979, BTT-Balletto Teatro di Torino has recently celebrated 40 years of ongoing activity. Forty years of dance, research, experimentation, relationships, collaborations. It is a company – currently consisting of seven dancers, coming from important experiences at the international level – which, with growing success, continues on its original path of creation of dance shows which earn recognition from aware critics. Aside from its activity abroad, BTT is very present in Italy, and particularly in Turin, where it is acknowledged as a stable production body, institutionalized both at the regional and at the City level.
After the first historic 20 years and the ten-year collaboration with Matteo Levaggi – resident choreographer who was able to give the Company a strong and distinctive identity – since 2014 BTT has broadened its artistic path and has opened itself to important national and international authors.
Since 2016 Viola Scaglione has been alongside Loredana Furno in the role of artistic director. Viola adopts an open and inclusive approach, in horizontal dialogue with the company’s dancers and the artists involved in the various productions, thus stimulating group processes deeply rooted in the fusion of personal growth and artistic evolution paths.
Source: BTT - Balletto Teatro di Torino
More information: www.ballettoteatroditorino.it
Artistic direction / Conception : Loredana Furno
Choreography : Matteo Levaggi
Lights : Marco Policastro
Costumes : Atelier Walter Dang
Settings : Corpicrudi (Samantha Stella et Sergio Frazzingaro)
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Biennale de la Danse, Festival Torino Danza
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Biennale de la danse - Charles Picq, 2008