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Printemps (Le)

Ministère de la Culture 1989 - Director : Hernández, Téo

Choreographer(s) : Diverrès, Catherine (France)

Present in collection(s): Ministère de la Culture

Video producer : La Sept, Arcanal, Neva, Gédéon

en fr

Printemps (Le)

Ministère de la Culture 1989 - Director : Hernández, Téo

Choreographer(s) : Diverrès, Catherine (France)

Present in collection(s): Ministère de la Culture

Video producer : La Sept, Arcanal, Neva, Gédéon

en fr

Le Printemps

Adaptation for the screen of the show Le Printemps, which begins by showing a galloping horse filmed by Teo Hernandez. The two front legs of the animal, under the effect of the framing and slow motion, strangely assume the appearance of sinewy human legs. In a reverse process, the dancers are driven by a sort of feline but brutal animality. A dance of unsettling strangeness. 

Each character seems to move in different dreams that the camera, based on Catherine Diverrès’s choreography, reunites again. The night scenes alternate with scenes in broad daylight, while the images reddened by the sepulchral lighting alternate with those splashed by the sun. The film proposes a choice of contrasted moments, echoing the sometimes turbulent dances of the choreographer, that sweep the bodies of the interpreters down to their abysses and up to their zeniths.


Source : Patrick Bossatti

Diverrès, Catherine

Catherine Diverrès has said, “Conscience, our relationship with others, this is what creates time”, ever since her first choreographic creation. She is a sort of strange meteor, appearing in the landscape of contemporary dance in the mid-80’s. She stood out almost immediately in her rejection of the tenets of post-modern American dance and the classically-based vocabularies trending at that time. She trained at the Mudra School in Brussels under the direction of Maurice Béjart, and studied the techniques of José Limón, Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais before joining the company of Dominique Bagouet in Montpellier, then deciding to set out on her own choreographic journey.

Her first work was an iconic duo, Instance, with Bernardo Montet, based upon a study trip she took to Japan in 1983, during which she worked with one of the great masters of butoh, Kazuo Ohno. This marked the beginning of the Studio DM. Ten years later she was appointed director of the National Choreographic Center in Rennes, which she directed until 2008.

Over the years, Catherine Diverrès has created over thirty pieces, created her own dance language, an extreme and powerful dance, resonating with the great changes in life, entering into dialogues with the poets: Rilke, Pasolini and Holderlin, reflecting alongside the philosophers Wladimir Jankelevich and Jean-Luc Nancy, focusing also on the transmission of movement and repertoire in Echos, Stances and Solides and destabilising her own dancing with the help of the plastician Anish Kapoor in L’ombre du ciel.

Beginning in 2000, she began adapting her own style of dance by conceiving other structures for her creations: she improvised with the music in Blowin, developed projects based on experiences abroad, in Sicily for Cantieri, and with Spanish artists in La maison du sourd. Exploring the quality of stage presence, gravity, hallucinated images, suspensions, falls and flight — the choreographer began using her own dance as a means of revealing, revelation, unmasking, for example in Encor, in which movements and historical periods are presented. Diverrès works with the body to explore the important social and aesthetic changes of today, or to examine memory, the way she did in her recent solo in homage to Kazuo Ohno, O Sensei.

And now the cycle is repeating, opening on a new period of creation with the founding of Diverrès’ new company, Association d’Octobre, and the implantation of the company in the city of Vannes in Brittany. Continuing on her chosen path of creation and transmission, the choreographer and her dancers have taken on a legendary figure, Penthesilea, the queen of the Amazons, in Penthésilée(s). In returning to group and collective work, this new work is indeed another step forward in the choreographer’s continuing artistic journey.


Source: Irène Filiberti, website of the company Catherine Diverrès


More information: compagnie-catherine-diverres.com

Hernández, Téo

Le Printemps

Choreography : Catherine Diverrrès

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