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Rossignol

CN D - Centre national de la danse 1985 - Director : Picq, Charles

Choreographer(s) : Chopinot, Régine (France)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse

Video producer : CNDC Angers, Compagnie du Grèbe

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

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Rossignol

CN D - Centre national de la danse 1985 - Director : Picq, Charles

Choreographer(s) : Chopinot, Régine (France)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse

Video producer : CNDC Angers, Compagnie du Grèbe

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

Rossignol

Following her three-month residence at the National Centre for Contemporary Dance (CNDC) in Angers, Régine Chopinot created one of the first-ever contemporary aerial ballets during the winter of 1985 and gave it a wonderfully-sounding pastoral name, “Rossignol”, or Nightingale in English. The ballet was then presented at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris in January 1986.

In an atmosphere of sound, created by André Serre, and stripped bare of all dramatization, ten harnessed dancers, dressed in multicoloured costumes fashioned by Jean Paul Gaultier, who is partnering with the choreographer for the third time, indulge in displays of flights and acrobatics. An eight-metre high scaffolding, decorated with walkways, forming a cage from centre stage to the flies, makes these exploits possible. Mini-pad mikes, nestled in key locations in this scaffolding, “deform and amplify the sound of voices, the squeaks of the pulleys, the noise of footsteps, the metallic rattling. Apart from a few musical winks, this gurgling is the only acoustic sound in “Rossignol”.” [1]. Far from overwhelming the choreography that it hosts, this grandiose system invites to explore the aspects of ‘space' like never before and offers such a freedom of movement that sets it apart from baroque-style machinery. Thanks to the complicity of the machinists, operating the harnesses behind the scenes in the fly loft, the bodies meld together like magic yet without discounting the ever-present endangerment that creates intense tension. The choreography liberates the dancers from gravity and brings their relationship with solid ground back into play. In this respect, it could have been a real challenge for Noémie Perlov, the choreologist to notate “Rossignol”. Although it is the bearer, this partition does not yet totally reflect the interest that Régine Chopinot had for the traces, but should be considered as an additional tool for dissecting the movement and for examining it.

With “Rossignol”, Régine Chopinot took her art into an as-yet-unknown dimension, a dimension that incited quite a few to qualify the work as a “choreographic Beaubourg” [2], a grand production reinforced by its décors, costumes and performers, that would lead her slowly towards imagining the monumental “ANA” (1990).

[1] J.-M. Adolphe, Rossignol, Pour la danse, No. 113, May 1985.
[2] B. Paulo-Neto, Journal du Théâtre de la Ville, No. 69, September 1985.

Updating: February 2013

Chopinot, Régine

Régine Chopinot, born in 1952 in Fort-de-l'Eau (today known as Bordj El Kiffan), in Algeria, was attracted to choreographic art from early childhood. After studying classical dance, she discovered contemporary dance with Marie Zighera in 1974. She moved to Lyon where she founded her first company in 1978, the Compagnie du Grèbe, which included dancers, actors and musicians. Here, she created her first choreographies. Three years later, she was awarded second prize in the Concours chorégraphique international de Bagnolet (Bagnolet International Choreographic Contest) for “Halley's Comet” (1981), later known as “Appel d'air”. Her next pieces of work “Délices” (Delights) and “Via”, introduced other media including the cinema to the world of dance. In 1983 with “Délices”, Régine Chopinot began her longstanding partnership with the fashion designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, which would characterize the period, which included works such as “Le Défilé” (The Fashion show) (1985), “K.O.K.” (1988), “ANA” (1990), “Saint Georges” (1991) and “Façade” (1993). In 1986, Régine Chopinot was appointed director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Poitou-Charentes (Poitou-Charentes National Choreography Centre) in La Rochelle (where she succeeded Jacques Garnier and Brigitte Lefèvre's Théâtre du Silence), which went on to become the Ballet Atlantique-Régine Chopinot (BARC), in 1993. Régine Chopinot made a myriad of artistic encounters: from visual artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Jean Le Gac and Jean Michel Bruyère, to musicians such as Tôn-Thât Tiêt and Bernard Lubat.

At the beginning of the 90s, she moved away from – according to her own expression – “ultra-light spaces” in which, at a young age, she had become acknowledged, in particular through her partnership with Jean Paul Gaultier. She then became fascinated with experimenting on confronting contemporary dance with natural elements and rhythms and on testing age-old, complex body sciences and practices, such as yoga. In 1999, as part of “associate artists”, Régine Chopinot invited three figures from the world of contemporary dance to partner with her for three years on her artistic project: Françoise Dupuy, Dominique Dupuy and Sophie Lessard joined the BARC's troupe of permanent dancers and consultants-researchers, as performers, pedagogues and choreographers.

In 2002, she initiated the “triptyque de la Fin des Temps” (Triptych of the End of Time), a long questioning of choreographic writing and creation subsequent to her creation of a voluntary state of crisis of general notions of time, of memory and of construction. “Chair-obscur”, her first chapter, focused on erasing the past, the memory, whilst “WHA” was based on the disappearance of the future. “O.C.C.C.” dealt with the “time that's left”, with what is left to be done, with what can still be done, in that simple, yet essential spot called performance. In 2008, “Cornucopiae”, the last work created within the Institution, concluded the end of a form of performance and opened the doors to another approach to sensorial perception.

Concurrently to her choreographic work, Régine Chopinot worked, as a performer, with other artists that she was close to: Alain Buffard (“Wall dancin' - Wall fuckin'”, 2003; “Mauvais Genre”, 2004), Steven Cohen (“I wouldn't be seen dead in that!”, 2003). In addition, she trained and directed Vietnamese dancers as part of a partnership with the Vietnam Higher School of Dance and the Hanoi Ballet-Opera (“Anh Mat”, 2002; “Giap Than”, 2004). In 2008, the choreographer left the CCN in La Rochelle and created the Cornucopiae - the independent dance Company, a new structure that would, henceforth, harbour creation and repertoire, all the works of Régine Chopinot. In 2010, she chose to live and work in Toulon, by its port.

Since 2009, Régine Chopinot has been venturing, questioning and intensifying her quest for the body in movement linked to the strength of the spoken word, through cultures organized by and on oral transmission, in New Caledonia, New Zealand and Japan. These last three years have been punctuated by a myriad of artistic creations: choreographies and films resulting from artistic In Situ experiences were created as part of the South Pacific Project. A privileged relationship initiated in 2009 with the Du Wetr Group (Drehu/Lifou) bore its fruits with the creation of “Very Wetr!”at the Avignon Festival in July 2012 and went on to be reproduced at the Centre national de la danse (National Centre for Dance) in February 2013.

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Last update : March 2012

Picq, Charles

Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq 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.

More recently, he launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created the website numeridanse.tv, an international video library for dance online.

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

Rossignol

Choreography : Régine Chopinot

Interpretation : Herman Diephuis, Bruno Felgeirolles, Vicente Di Franco Filho, Pascale Henrot, Rita Quaglia, Frédéric Lescure, Pascale Luce, Katia Medici, Monet Robier, Frédéric Werlé

Lights : Gérard Boucher

Costumes : Jean Paul Gaultier - Réalisation Atelier du costume

Technical direction : Yanick Ros

Sound : André Serré

Other collaborations : Choréologue Noémie Perlov - Machinerie Alain Lefort - Machinistes Roger Charruau, Michel Merlet, Patrice Prud'homme, Pierre Setbon

Duration : 60 minutes

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