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Pagan rites and celebrations
CASSETTE (creation 2010-11) was related to The Nutcracker; I was interested in Christmas due to its pagan origin, celebration of winter solstice and festival of lights. I now wish to purse the process of re-examining the repertory, taking an interest in The Rite of Spring, created for the Serge of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes as an extension of The Afternoon of a Faun. The Rite is a series of ceremonies, the story of a primitive community that sacrifices one of their own: a young virgin. Three authors participated in the creation of this work: Igor Stravinsky for the music, Vaslav Nijinksi for choreography and Nicolas Roerich for costumes and paintings of the stage set.
The Rite of Spring presents multiple themes, all of which fascinate me : ritual, ceremony, state of ecstasy, inebriation, grogginess. My entrance point in exploring The Rite of Spring will not be Stravinsky's music or Nijinski's dance, but Roerich's work on the costumes, inspired by traditional folk costumes, some of which belonged to the collection of a Russian princess. Nicolas Roerich founded the Roerich Pact, which defended the protection of artistic and scientific institutions and historical monuments: he could have invented the word «heritage». I explore The Rite of Spring through the angle of costume, because the work we have done, in collaboration with Rachel Garcia, on my earlier performances, has always placed the costume at the same level as dance and setting : costume that hides and reveals, dresses and undresses.
The Sacre project
The Sacre performance will be based on the interpretation of different sequences, solo or duet, that will allow us to review various levels, different emotional games, different approaches to achieve a game of physical actions, proper to Meyerhold, the Russian director an playwright. In 1910, shortly before the creation of The Rite of Spring, Meyerhold developed a revolutionary method for actor training, called biomechanics, which rejected the psychological method used by Stanislavsky, of whom he had been a student. Our work strongly relies on this technique, finding the body of the actor or dancer, whilst concentrating on breathing techniques based on hyperventilation, causing a state of inebriation and natural intoxication due to the excessive flow of oxygen in the brain.
David Wampach, January 2011
David Wampach trained with the company Coline in Istres (99), CCN de Montpellier (00) and P.A.R.T.S./Bruxelles (01). He has worked with Anne Lopez, Thierry Baë, Christian Bourigault, Mitia Fedotenko, Mathilde Monnier, Julie Brochen, Odile Duboc, João Fiadeiro, Alain Michard, Catherine Contour, Christian Rizzo.
He started his personal work with his inscription in the Association Achles and he created the pieces :
- lambda if I include myself, kappa the piece itself (2001), performance for 10 dancers, created in Brussels,
- D ES R A (2003), a duo created with Pierre Mourles,
- circon c is (2004), laureate of the Solo Mio competition and laureate of the Biennale Festival of young creators from Europe and the Mediterranean (Naples),
- BASCULE (2005), trio created for the Printemps de Septembre / Soirées Nomades at Fondation Cartier / CDC Toulouse,
- QUATORZE (2007), quatuor created for the Montpellier Danse Festival,
- AUTO (2008), duet, created for the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis,
- BATTERIE (2008), performance for a dancer and a drummer, premiered at the Accès(s) festival in Pau,
- BATTEMENT (2009), trio created during the SKITe/Sweet & Tender Collaborations in Porto,
- ECRAN (2010) created with the author Jérôme Game for the ActOral festival,
- CASSETTE (2010), performance for 8 performers, premiered at Scène Nationale d'Alès.
David Wampach presented SACRE for the Montpellier Danse 2011 festival in June, before leaving for Kyôto, Japan, as laureate of Villa Kujoyama.
Choreography : David Wampach
Interpretation : Tamar Shelef / Hélène Iratchet, David Wampach
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Chiara Gallerani, Johanna Korthals Altes, Enora Rivière, Mark Tompkins, Christian Ubl
Costumes : Rachel Garcia, Laurence Alquier
Sound : Mikko Hynninen
Other collaborations : Régie : Gaëtan Lebret
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production : Association Achles Coproduction : Festival Montpellier Danse 2011, Centre national de la danse (Pantin), Centre chorégraphique national de Franche-Comté à Belfort.
Duration : 45 minutes
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