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Great dance lesson with Murray Louis

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2011 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Louis, Murray (United States)

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

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Great dance lesson with Murray Louis

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2011 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Louis, Murray (United States)

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

Grande leçon Murray Louis

Great dance lessons are a means for discovering the practice and the theory of a specific teaching, the universe of a “master”, pedagogical approaches and different aesthetics. The public is invited to participate, in close-up, in the work of professional dancers in a way that has never been seen before.

« Nik was like an oak tree. All sorts of trees that produce different seeds exist in nature. Some […] fall close to the tree and reproduce the same tree whilst others are carried further away, create their own life and are different. Nikolais ensured that his seeds would find their own path, that they would not remain in his neighbourhood and that they would not copy him. [...] he asked [them] to use the clear vocabulary that he had created to enlighten the Art of Dance. He, himself, did not stick to his own tracks and made sure he journeyed on the path that was moving, that his soul told him to follow… »

Murray Louis in « Le Prisme Nikolais », Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, 2004

Updating: February 2012

Louis, Murray

« Murray Louis, Fuchs M., so called (born in 1926). American dancer, choreographer and pedagogue. Born into a family of modest origin, he grew up in New York. In 1946, he joined Anna Halprin in San Francisco who guided him towards Hanya Holm. In 1949, he met Alwin Nikolaïs: their partnership of over fifty years has been the key to their success. After studying at the “Henry Street Playhouse”, he was in charge of children's lessons and, whilst pursuing his university studies, rapidly established himself as a soloist, with a rare mastery of body control, for Nikolais. He began to choreograph very early in his career, working first of all with Nikolais' dancers such as P. Lamhut and G. Bailin, before going freelance in 1969.

An incredible pedagogue, he helped his companion develop his teaching. In 1989, the two companies merged to create the Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Company, which he has been directing alone since 1993, when his master passed away.

Author of over one hundred pieces, he has developed a distinctive, frequently humorous style (Junk Dances, 1964), and can be set apart from Nikolais by the priority he has given to dancers and by his eclectic musical choices (classical, jazz, electronic). He has explored pure movement and abstraction and has assessed himself intensively in his solos such as “Chimera” (1966) and “Déjà Vu” (1977), attaining the fullness of his art with his company (“Porcelain Dialogues”, 1974; “Schubert”, 1977). The European public discovered him in “Hoopla” and compared him to Marcel Marceau.

Critically acclaimed and regularly honoured, he has toured the world and has created for J. Limón, R. Noureev, the Royal Danish Ballet and the Batsheva Dance Company, among others. In his essays “Inside Dance” (Saint Martin's Press, 1980) and “On Dance” (A Cappella Books, 1992), he emerges as a strong and rational defender of his profession. »

Marc Lawton, in « Dictionnaire de la danse »,  Larousse, 1999

Last update : February 2012

Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

    

Grande leçon de danse de Murray Louis

Artistic direction / Conception : Intervenant Murray LOUIS

Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Assistant de Murray LOUIS Alberto DEL SAZ

Interpretation : Véronique BAUER, Christine GERARD, Catherine LANGLADE, Philippe PRIASSO, Pascale RAYGASSE, Manuelle ROBERT, Patrick ROGER

Other collaborations : Traducteur Marc LAWTON

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