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Vif du sujet (Le) : Mandragore

Vif du sujet (Le) : Mandragore

Mandragore (Le vif du sujet)

Laurence Levasseur, a teacher and interpreter for, in particular, Mathilde Monnier and François Verret, wished to discover the universe of the choreographer Jorma Uotinen, the director of the Finnish National Ballet. In Mandragore, dressed in black, she deploys ample movements charged with violent and dramatic emotion. Strongly anchored to the ground, this solo highlights the eloquence of the interpreter and the power of the female body.


Source : Irène Filiberti

Uotinen, Jorma

Jorma Uotinen began studying dance at a very young age in Pori and went on to join the Finnish National Ballet (1970-1976). Whilst there, he created his first choreography in 1974. His meeting with Carolyn Carlson led him to the GRTOP (Paris Opera theatrical research group), where he was involved in many works and where he also created Yoyo (1979). After a short time spent at the Theatro La Fenice in Venice where he choreographed Orpheus and Eurydice (1982), he took over the helm of the Helsinki municipal theatre dance group (1982-1992), then directed the Finnish National Ballet and, concurrently, developed reference works and undertook experimental work. His own intensively visual choreographies, some of which draw their inspiration from the world of Jérôme Bosch and that of René Magritte, are generally the result of a free association of images.


Source : Bengt Häger, Dictionnaire de la danse, sous la direction de Philippe Le Moal, Larousse, 2008


More information :

www.jormauotinen.com/ 

Riolon, Luc

After studies of mathematics preparatory class and medecine studies, Luc Riolon begins to make films within the framework of his Faculty of Medicine, then met the famous choreographers of the 80s (Maguy Marin, Mark Tompkins, Josef Nadj, Daniel Larrieu Daniel, Odile Duboc, Josette Baiz, Angelin Prljocaj, etc.) with whom he shoots numerous films (re-creation for the camera, the illegal securements). In the 80s with the American choreographer Mark Tompkins he introduces the video on the stage, broadcasting live on big screens the images which he shoots with his camera by being on the stage with the dancers, mixing live images and pre-recorded images. With Daniel Larrieu he participates in the creation of the famous show WATERPROOF, the contemporary choreography which takes place in a swimming pool, by filming live) the dancers dancing in the water and mixing the live images with pre-recorded underwater images. This choreography has been shown in many countries (USA, Canada, Spain, England…)
Then he collaborates during 10 years with the famous french TV producer Eve Ruggieri for her programs" Musics in the heart ". He shoots with her of numerous documentaries about classical music, opera singers and dance. From 1999 he directs documentaries of scientific popularization, by following researchers attached to the resolution of a particular ecologic enigma. These two artistic and scientific domains which can seem separated are nevertheless, for Luc Riolon, connected by the same approach : the deep desire to understand the world, by the art or by the scientific research, and to restore it to the largest number. Among his recent scientific documentaries, we can quote for example " The Enigma of the Black Caiman ", Living and dying in the swamp " or " The Nile delta: The end of the miracle ". “Chernobyl, a natural history ? “ These documentaries of scientific popularization recently have been awarded in international festivals.


Source: Vimeo

Mandragore (Le vif du sujet)

Choreography : Jorma Uotinen

Interpretation : Laurence Levasseur

Production / Coproduction of the video work : les films Pénélope, Mezzo, TV10 Angers, 24 images, CNC, SACD, ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DMDTS)

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