Welcome to Paradise
“This duet was composed not long after the two dancer-choreographers produced their first short films (‘La Chambre' and ‘L'Étreinte'). If their primary source is neo-realist Italian cinema, other references show through, notably in the soundtrack, which reuses dialogue from Sam Fuller's films and ‘I Want to be Loved by You' performed by Marylin Monroe. But here, cinema is more than a reference, it is choreographic material: the concept of the music soundtrack, lighting, linking of sequences and effects contribute to create a film-like choreography. With no set, and as props, just a bouquet of flowers and a rope – at times a swing, at times possibly a rope around the neck – the the two dancers (he in a dark jacket, she in a simple black dress and high heels that are soon discarded) work their way through the range of feelings that affect a couple: tenderness, sorrow, desire, ecstasy, submission, escape. With a rare dramatic accuracy, entirely carried by their physical presence, they polish the facets of a love affair – sensual and cruel, anchored in the body – until they gleam. This duet between hypnosis and vertigo is marked by a recurrent eddying motif. It ends in a white cloud of talcum powder which both dancers throw into the air, a ‘cloud of unknowing' which descends as a halo around the image of their crossed destinies.”
Source: Dictionnaire de la danse, Philippe Le Moal, Ed Larousse, 1999
In 1980 Joëlle Bouvier created the company L'Esquisse with Régis Obadia. Together, they have produced 15 choreographic works performed around the world and co-produced 4 short films, recipients of awards in numerous festivals and produced several videos, including "Casser la Voix", by Patrick Bruel. She was co-director at the CCN in Le Havre from 1986 to 1992, and at the CNDC in Angers from 1993 to 2003.
2004, she created the Cie Joëlle Bouvier and set up a creative workshop at the Scène Nationale des Gémeaux, in Sceaux, from 2004 to 2008.
2015 she returned to ballet at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva for the creation of Tristan & Isolde - Salue Pour Moi Le Monde, with the music of Richard Wagner.
At the same time as she was actively creating, Joëlle Bouvier was invited to produce events, such as a display activity at the Printemps department store in Paris in March 2002, and June 2007. In August, 2006, she performed for the launch of a new Chinese cosmetic product at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, then in China. Since 2012, she has worked with Maison Hermès on a show about shoes, presented in Hermès subsidiaries around the world.
Source: The Company Joëlle Bouvier 's website
More information : joellebouvier.com
Régis Obadia was born in 1958 in Oran, Algeria. He studied dance from 1976 to 1979 at the Institut des Arts et du Mouvement, run by Françoise et Dominique Dupuy, and was initiated into theatre by Jacques Lecoq. In 1980 he formed the l'Esquisse company with Joëlle Bouvier. Their earliest pieces thrust the pair into the national and international limelight.
Directors of the Centre National de la Danse Contemporaine, Le Havre from 1986 to 1992, they were appointed artistic directors of the CNDC, Angers in 1993, renamed CNDC l'Esquisse, which they directed until 2003.
Since 1998, Régis Obadia has pursued a solo creative career.
An important figure in modern dance since the early 1980s, Régis Obadia has marked the memories of those who have seen him with the feverish sensuality and powerful gestures of his pieces. With the founding of his own company in 2003, he asserted his distinctive style and his open-mindedness by working just as happily in the field of theatre as that of pure dance. His regular collaborations with Russia, in partnership with Lisa Wiergasova, have won him prestigious prizes, including a Golden Mask in 2004 for his choreography of “The Rite of Spring”, and a Seagull in 2004 for his direction of “The Idiot” at the Moscow
Chaika Festival. After “The Rite of Spring” to Stravinsky's music, he composed “Réversibilité” (2005), inspired by Baudelaire's “Les Fleurs du Mal” and “Trois” (2006), set to Schubert's “Death and the Maiden”, performed at the Théâtre Sylvia Montfort, Paris. During this time he also produced the Dominique Mercy documentary “Danse Pina Bausch” (2003), in homage to the iconic German choreographer.
Source : the company Régis Obadia's website
CCN - Ballet de Lorraine
Since acquiring the CCN title in 1999, the Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine has dedicated itself to supporting contemporary choreographic creation. As of July 2011 the organization is under the general and artistic direction of Petter Jacobsson.
The CCN – Ballet de Lorraine and its company of 26 dancers is one of the most important companies working in Europe, performing contemporary creations while retaining and programming a rich and extensive repertory, spanning our modern history, made up of works by some of our generations most highly regarded choreographers.
The CCN functions as an art center and venue for multiple possibilities in the fields of research, experimentation and artistic creation. It is a platform open to many different disciplines, a space where the many visions of dance of today may meet.
More information : http://ballet-de-lorraine.eu
Welcome to paradise - CCN Ballet de Lorraine
Joëlle Bouvier, Régis Obadia
Fabio Dolce, Amandine Biancherin