Histoire d'Argan le Visionnaire
Featuring the founder of the Illustre Théâtre, this choreography by Claude Brumachon is intended for all alike, young and old, for an informal immersion into the frivolity, refinement and joy of the 17th century.
Molière handed down to us his works: his words that pass through the centuries and that give keys to those who understand them today. This show is an opening, it leads towards… By returning to the energies of the dancing characters concealed in Molière’s work and by revealing them in an often pertinent halftone, Claude Brumachon hands us the essence of the character. The public is then free to transfer these human characteristics to our own era. Have we really changed so much?
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Claude Brumachon was born in 1959, in Rouen. After attending Fine Arts where drawing directed him down the path of bodies, he took up dance at the age of seventeen with « les Ballets de la Cité » led by Catherine Atlani, he stayed there for two years.
In 1981, Claude Brumachon met Benjamin Lamarche in Paris, they immediately started a collaborative and original research. Together, they explored that new world opening up through the dancing body.
Claude Brumachon between 1980 and 1983, as for him, worked with Christine Gérard (La Pierre Fugitive), Karine Saporta and Brigitte Farges.
As they belonged to no school in particular and as they rejected none, Claude and Benjamin sealed their agreement with a first duet : Niverolles Duo du col in 1982.
With their first group, the « Rixes » company in 1984, they invented a stylized, vehement and passionate choreographic writing: a sharp and brisk gesture, a tormented tenderness. They surrounded themselves with dancers, a composer, a makeup artist and a costume designer: Founding a troupe and leading it to creation.
In four years’ time, the choreographer created ten plays with two major ones (1988): Texane (award-winning at the Bagnolet contest) and Le Piédestal des vierges which set their style to a recognizable gesture. It quickly followed on sequences of cleat-cut and sharp movements cutting the body and the space.
The choreographer carved out a reputation. In 1989, Folie came to the fore and was a great success again. That success has been repeated 7 years later in 1996, with Icare (presented at the 50th Festival d’Avignon), a solo written for Benjamin Lamarche.
Sometimes groping, sometimes rushing headlong, Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche imagine and create new worlds. There‘s never any doubt between them, doubts are about dancing, about the ways of dancing, about the continuing questioning of this moving body the mind is obsessed with.
The teaching of their dance is made through training, lessons are made as much to pass on this brand new knowledge as to refine it. Moments to unite the group under a common body language. To understand is also to make understand.
As an expression of desire – passionate – and of an overflowing sensuality to a certain point that it was sometimes described as violent, their plays are tales of the inexpressible, they are mirrors of raging inner worlds, pushed beyond their own rules. Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche have become researchers in poetic and powerful movements. They’ve been creating a dance alternately full of energy and tormented, lyric and passionate, now high-spirited and romantic and now down to earth and meaningful.
Out of Molière’s wanderings, they made with Histoire d’Argan le Visionnaire (2007) a bright and facetious show as a tribute to the artist. Out of the consumer society, they made a Festin (2004), carnal and sensual where proximity bursts out at the face of the audience. With Phobos (2007), they ventured into irrational, universal or shallow fears.
Claude and Benjamin create from the body for the body and with the body.
Their dances are as much stories of different groups that share a space to live in as they are stories of loneliness facing the world. They all are a research around an irrational gesture that calls for the precise one, necessary and full of meaning.
A gesture, heavy with an unspeakable story that changes into the very moment and, in a sometimes bitter statement, offers a view of man in his complexity.
Claude Brumachon signed more than eighty original choreographies with his own dancers, dancers from other French or foreign ballets, with schools and with children as well.
They directed the National Choreographic Centre of Nantes to the creation in 1992 to 2015. Since January 1, 2016 they continue their choreographic road with their new company SOUS LA PEAU.
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Histoire d'Argan le Visionnaire
Choreography : Claude Brumachon
Choreography assistance : Benjamin Lamarche
Interpretation : Claude Brumachon, Steven Chotard, Lise Fassier, Julien Grosvalet, Benjamin Lamarche, Martin Mauriès, Barbara Sallier-Vasquez, Sabrina Vicari
Lights : Olivier Tessier
Costumes : Jacqueline Brochet et Claude Brumachon
Settings : Jean-Jacques Brumachon (et l'atelier technique du Grand T - Théâtre de Loire Atlantique)
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Grand T (Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique), La Coursive (Scène Nationale de La Rochelle) et le Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes
Duration : 80'
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