« My First » series (2): Online Dance Festival

March 19. Spring Forward postponed.April 2. THE SHOW MUST GO ON - LINE. Online edition announced.April 13. Open for registration.April 21. 650 registrations already!April 24. Day 1. If someone asks me to define "Agility" in the future, I will take this example. The ideation took less than two weeks and full preparation lasted around 5 …

Food for thought

Since the lockdown, unplanning has replaced planning: dance performances, concerts, theaters and associated travels. I am eager to go back to theaters and fully defend the importance of being physically in cultural venues. I want to cite A.O. Scott here: "Art is a way of knowing, of seeing and feeling, the borders that separate work …

« My First » series (1): Zoom with a Choreographer

Last December, when Catherine Zavodska, funder of Les Mécènes de la Danse, released the date for Jan Marten's Passing the Bechdel Test and the after-show talk, I regretted not being able to participate due to my travel plan for dance. A few months later, Passing the Bechdel Test cancelled. My travel cancelled. But I "met" …

#danceonthenet

CAPSULE COLLECTION (Videos available for a short amount of time)- Kader Attou-Allegria: https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/093517-000-A/allegria-de-kader-attou-au-theatre-de-chaillot/ Pina Bausch- Barbe Bleue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C31aUjxHPYY- Kontakthof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=pA2WGonbkA8&feature=emb_logo- Kontakthof (65+): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTCcRutPxZE - Palermo Palermo: http://www.pinabausch.org/en/editions/film/palermo-palermo- Un jour, Pina a demandé (Documentary in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsxpLQ-VKaA&feature=emb_logo Jérôme Bel- Cour d'Honneur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyAOggBc3qg- Pichet Klunchun and Myself: https://vimeo.com/405731351- Shirtology: https://vimeo.com/405436500?fbclid=IwAR0hYSbN4NB5Gwrcb1yyhPyWbsn0-8crMiBckBG3MI2-1is90hgCUKYmk9w Yoann Bourgeois- Cavale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hJ5P_QcDT0 Trisha Brown- Working …

VESSEL

A rare, complete darkness. Curtain slides discreetly. Soothing smell of water. Barely noticeable is the human breathing in the Salle Vilar of Théâtre National de Bretagne (TNB). The darkness seems to last, as long as the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Finally, in the middle of the darkness appeared a dim spotlight which gently …

Portrait of Alice Ripoll

Note: I was invited by Catherine Zavodska to interview Alice Ripoll. And this turned out my first writing about dance both in French and English. French version can be found here: https://www.danseaujourdhui.fr/alice-ripoll-portrait-de-choregraphe/ In 2019, Alice Ripoll was a phenomenon in Europe having over 60 tour dates with one third slated in France. Her first appearance …

Dancers from Asia (2) – ​Ditta Miranda Jasjfi from Indonesia

Ditta suggested that we met at Café Engel. When I said that it was a quiet place, she suddenly remembered that it would not be my first time in Wuppertal. After leaving my luggage in the hotel, I headed for the Laurentiusplatz. It took me a while to realize that the schwebebahn was out of service as the …

Dancers from Asia (1) – ​Shihya Peng from Taiwan

来自亚洲的舞者(1) - 来自台湾的彭诗雅 Paris. Good News Coffee Shop. I didn't know this place though it is a good sign for my first interview with "Dancers from Asia (Good news, right?)". When Shihya told me that she lived in the 16th district, I picked this café on the map, in the middle of her district and …

SESSION

Some songs, some dances, some noises. That's how Colin Dunne presented Session and the same sincerity remarked the whole journey till the final a cappella. Two dancers, two musicians. In 90 minutes they were more than their written role thanks to the smart use of their versatility. Take the table scene as example: everyone was …