One to one
Choreographer(s) : Lagraa, Abou (France)
Present in collection(s): Cie La Baraka / La Chapelle - Abou Lagraa & Nawal Aït Benalla
One to one
One to One est un solo interprété par Juichi Kobayashi, un caractère et une figure de héros qui est engagé dans une confrontation, dans un espace défini par une table ; son propre territoire.
Un héros car après une carrière de soliste au Béjart Ballet Lausanne, il décide de me passer la commande d’un solo à l’âge de 52 ans, spécialement conçu pour le Festival de Danse de Yokohama au Japon DANCE DANCE DANCE AT YOKOHAMA.
Le plateau, quant à lui, est un lieu de passage qui prend différentes valeurs d’échanges ; lieu de communication mais aussi espace privilégié où l’on peut se ressourcer, reprendre des forces.
Les deux « Pavanes » de Gabriel Fauré, chefs d’œuvres à la fois puissants et poétiques, permettent à Juichi de s’élever spirituellement, sublimant ainsi sa présence. Dans ce solo je souhaite révéler son propre caractère et les forces qui l’animent : puissant & sensuel dans une gestuelle tout en spirale.
La chorégraphie dilate le temps de la danse, elle construit ainsi le temps tel un cycle qui lui est propre, cela renforce la sensation de vivre chaque instant de la vie intensément !
— Abou Lagraa 06/05/2021
Born in Annonay, Abou Lagraa began dancing at the age of 16 before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, Lyon. He began his career as a dancer at the S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre, Frankfurt with Rui Horta and became his assistant on a project at the Calouste Gulbenkian Centre, Lisbon. He was soon noticed and went on to work with Robert Poole, Denis Plassard and Lionel Hoche. His qualities as a performer have been rewarded twice: in 1998 by the 2nd Prize for performance at the Paris International Dance Competition, then in 2009 by the prize for Best Male Dancer, awarded by the International Movimentos Dance Prize. In 1997 he founded his own company, La Baraka.
Once again, recognition came quickly; numerous French venues programmed the young choreographer and he received proposals for collaboration. As a result, after 4 years as an associated artist at Bonlieu Scène Nationale in Annecy, since 2009 Abou Lagraa and his company have been hosted in production residency at Gémeaux Scène Nationale, Sceaux. The fame of the company spread rapidly beyond France's borders and tours followed one after the other, throughout Europe and also in the United States, Algeria, Tunisia and Indonesia… Alongside his work with the company, Abou Lagraa is regularly in demand by large organisations.
In 2001 he devised Fly, Fly for the CCN Ballet de Lorraine. This piece later was subsequently added to the repertoire of the ABC Dance Company of St Pölten in Austria.
In 2003 he devised a work for the second-year students of the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine, Angers, then in 2007 for the pupils of the Frankfurt Hochschule and the pupils of the Centre Méditerranéen de Danse Contemporaine, Tunis.
In 2006 his work entered the repertoire of the Paris Opéra Ballet with Le Souffle du Temps, a piece for 21 dancers, including 3 étoiles (Marie-Agnès Gillot, Manuel Legris, Wilfried Romoli). Then, in 2008, he composed Everyone's One at the invitation of Ballet Memphis (USA).
Since 2009, in association with the Algerian Ministry of Culture and th Algerian Agency for the Cultural Brilliance, he works, with Nawal Aït Benalla-Lagraa, in the elaboration of a “Mediterranean Cultural Bridge", the project of French-Algerian cooperation for the development of the dance and the artistic exchanges which will contain a program of Training and creation. In this frame, he sees confiding for July, 2009, the choreography of Closing ceremony of the 2nd Pan-African Festival of Algiers. In 2010, he creates the Ballet Contemporain d'Alger, under the Nawal Aït Benalla-Lagraa's educational responsibility, with a first piece NYA. The success of which ends in several national and international tours.
This piece was to be distinguished in 2011 when it was awarded the Grand Prix de la Critique as “Best Choreography of the Year”.
In 2016, he becomes the « Dream up » ambassador, an international arts-based education programme set up by the BNP Paribas foundation. This programme will help some 30,000 underprivileged or disabled children and teenagers to develop and find fulfilment by practising an artistic or creative activity.
In 2016, he becomes “Chevalier des arts et des lettres” nominated by the French ministry of culture.
Source : Cie La Baraka
More information : https://www.aboulagraa.fr/
Cie La Baraka / La Chapelle - Abou & Nawal Lagraa
La Baraka is a contemporary dance company (association law 1901). With a repertoire, pieces shot through with pure energy and a hybrid style that borrows from everything that has made up the path of the two choreographers: the other shore of the Mediterranean, contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop and even yoga postures.
Source: Cie La Baraka - La Chapelle / Abou Lagraa & Nawal Aït Benalla
More information: www.aboulagraa.fr
One to one
Choreography : Abou Lagraa
Interpretation : Juichi Kobayashi
Additionnal music : Gabriel Fauré, Pavane Op. 50, Pavane pour une infante défunte
Costumes : Carole Boissonnet-Lafont
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : DANCE DANCE DANCE AT YOKOHAMA
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Cie La Baraka / La Chapelle - Abou Lagraa & Nawal Aït Benalla
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