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Ma Lov'

An exceptional dancer alongside Catherine Diverres, Bernardo Montet signs today his own choreographies. Based on his personal origins, marked by racial mixing, he tracks down the failings of identity in the disorders of the world. Following a show in collaboration with the writer Pierre Guyotat and with African dancers, he created Ma lov' with Israeli artists, the composer Eran Zur and the visual artist Tamar Getter.

Montet, Bernardo

Bernardo Montet is currently an associate artist with the SEcW project in Morlaix and artist-in-residence at the Théâtre Louis Aragon in Tremblay-en-France. He was director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours from 2003 to the end of 2011. 

After a period spent at Maurice Béjart’s Mudra school in Brussels, he pursued his career with the choreographer Catherine Diverrès, and was joint director with her of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes until 1998. From 1997 onwards, Bernardo Montet gathered around himself a team of loyal collaborators: Tal Beit Halachmi, Taoufiq Izeddiou, Dimitri Tsiapkinis and Marc Veh, with whom he composed a repertoire of some twenty works. Since Pain de Singe, a founding solo devised together with the filmmaker Téo Hernandez (1987), he has signed such works as, in 1997 Issê Timossé (with the complicity of Pierre Guyotat, author and reciter), in 1998 Beau Travail (in collaboration with Claire Denis), in 2001 Racine’s Bérénice (co-written with Frédéric Fisbach), and O.More (with Gnawa musicians) in 2002. 

In Tours, he created nine pieces: Parcours 2C (vobiscum) (with the plastic artist Gilles Touyard) in 2004, Coupédécalé with Eran Tzur for the musical composition (2005), Les batraciens s’en vont (2006) and Batracien, l’après-midi (2007), two works produced together with Lorella Abenavoli for the electroacoustic creation, Apertae (2008), Switch me off (co-written with Thomas Ferrand, 2009), God needs sacrifice (2010), Isao, a solo written for and in collaboration with the Malagasy choreographer Gaby Saranouffi, and Des Hommes, a group work in collaboration with the historian and critic Geneviève Vincent in December 2011. 

In July 2011, he was made an Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres. 

In 2012, Bernardo Montet accompanied Madeleine Louarn for the show Les Oiseaux (from Aristophanes’ Birds), while at the same time working on a duo entitled (Des)incarnat(s), with one of the actors of the Atelier Catalyse, on the notion of Vulnerable. 

All his pieces, buoyed up by demand and radicality, deal with subjects dear to his heart: colonialism, memory, identity, consciousness of the body, resistance, to name but a few. Each choreography springs up from the previous one to weave an image that is both similar and different: the bodies, in their poetical and political dimension, replay the world surrounding us. 

Bernardo Montet also develops unusual projects with children, such as ChOral (2013), Mom’arts (2011 and 2014), and in the urban space with Pas à Pas (2013), La Marche des Anges (2007), and Veiller par le geste (2008, 2010). 

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Urréa, Valérie

Back in 1987, after having completed her studies at the Ecole nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière, Valérie Urréa began asserting her passion for visual and performing arts. Documentaries, live recordings, fictions, from 'Bruit Blanc' to 'L’Homme qui Danse', all of Valerie Urréa’s films, which are principally coproduced by ARTE, explore highly-sensitive themes such as autism, masculinity and issues concerning race, through artistic visions. Her multiple award-winning films are regularly presented in international festivals. She was guest-artist twice for the Commission Image Mouvement de la Délégation des Arts Plastiques (Image/Movement Commission of the French Visual Arts Delegation). At the same time, she was a teacher for several years at the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels (ESAV - Higher Institute for Visual Arts) in Marrakech, specializing in the relationships between images and performing arts. 

Source : Valérie Urréa 

Ma Lov'

Choreography : Bernardo Montet

Interpretation : Tal Beit Halachmi, Bernardo Montet, Dimitri Tsiapkinis, Marc Veh

Set design : Rémi Nicolas

Original music : Eran Zur

Video conception : Réalisation vidéo : Valérie Urréa

Lights : Rémi Nicolas

Costumes : Rose-Marie Melka

Settings : Peintre : Tamar Getter

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production : Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne - Rennes Coproduction : Le Quartz - Scène nationale de Brest, Centre National Dramatique et Chorégraphique de Brest, Théâtre National de Bretagne à Rennes, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Théâtre de la Bastille à Paris, le programme culturel " Israël au miroir des artistes ", coordonné par l'AFAA Avec le soutien du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Département des Affaires Internationales du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, le Centre Culturel Jean Renoir Dieppe / Scène Nationale Avec l'aide du Carré Saint-Vincent - Scène Nationale d'Orléans, La Passerelle, Scène Nationale de Saint-Brieuc Remerciements Yohji Yamamoto, La Fonderie / Le Mans, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Centre National de Danse Contemporaine

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