In June 1998, for the Saint-Denis Festival, Philippe Decouflé and DCA created "Triton et les petites tritures", a totally new and revamped version of Triton (created in July 1990). Triton takes place in the middle of a circus ring where acts, which have absolutely nothing in common, take place one after the other and whet the appetite by their originality and ingenuity. These acts include dance acrobatics, sport, circus, music hall, cabaret and conjuring. Joyfully performed by a band of exceptionally virtuoso daredevils, constantly full of playfully eccentric humour.
Source : Maison de la Danse performance programme
Pour huit danseurs
Crée en juillet 1990 au Festival d'Avignon, recrée en juin 1998 au Festival de Saint-Denis
Mise en scène Philippe Decouflé assisté de Pascal Henrot costumes Philippe Guillotel musique originale Parazite système sonore, Joseph Racaille, Musique traditionnelle serbo-croate décor Yves Bernard lumières Serge Maurin acessoires, effets speciaux Pierre-Jean Verbraeken objets Jacques Urcum cinéma Dominique Willoughby
Coproduction Festival de Saint-Denis avec l'aide de la ville de Saint-Denis et du Conseil Général de Seinne Saint-Denis, Cie DCA subventionnée par le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.
Production vidéo Cie DCA, Maison de la Danse, réalisation Charles Picq, 1999
Updating : december 2011
Dancer, choreographer, director and art director
As a child, I dreamt of becoming a comic book artist. Drawing is usually the start of my creative process. I just throw out ideas and sketch out pictures that pass through my head. My culture is comics, musicals, nightclub dancing, and also Oskar Schlemmer, the Bauhaus choreographer. Discovering photos of characters from his Triadisches Ballett was a revelation for me. I had always wanted to work with simple geometric shapes like cubes and triangles. I liked seeing how these lines and volumes behaved with each other. Alwin Nikolaïs taught me the importance of light and costume, and the confidence you need to mix everything together. Technically, it was Merce Cunningham who taught me the most about dance. I was taking video courses he was giving in New York. It was fascinating. That’s where I learned how to solve problems of distance and geometry, and the basic principles of optics and movement. Tex Avery inspired me a lot in thinking up gestures that are almost impossible to do. I’ve always kept something of that desire to create something strange, extreme or crazy in my movements. I’m looking for a dance style that’s off-balance, always on the verge of toppling over. With influences like the Marx Brothers, for example, and in particular Groucho Marx, I’ve developed a taste for naughty risk-taking, and comic repetition of mistakes.
Source : Philippe Découflé
More information : cie-dca.com
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
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Pascale Henrot
Stage direction : Philippe Decouflé
Original music : Parazite système sonore, Joseph Racaille
Lights : Serge Maurin
Costumes : Philippe Guillotel
Settings : Yves Bernard
Other collaborations : Pierre-Jean Verbraeken (effets spéciaux), Jacques Urcum (objet), Dominique Willoughby (cinéma)
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Festival de Saint-Denis, ville de Saint-Denis, Conseil Général de Seine Saint-Denis, Cie DCA subventionnée par le Ministère de la Culture
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Cie DCA, Maison de la Danse 1990
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