"I have always been fascinated by chemistry, by the behaviour of atoms inside a molecule, by their reactions, their organisation, which remind me of human behaviour. Including the reaction of one element as it interacts with another, its attraction to or rejection of the other – that element being both transformed and revealed by this encounter.
For this trio, I wanted to create a dance echoing the question of identitary construction, focusing on the transformational process which brings us to accept different facets of our personalities, our being, as well as those of others. I constructed this piece like a sort of puzzle, with different, overlapping situations, evolving and fragmented.
Popular Music was also my first collaboration with the composer Bertrand Larrieu. Our process involved creating an acoustic universe linked to urban spaces, consisting of industrial sounds, like the ones we hear at construction sites.
We then created a rhythm out of the random sounds. With our plethora of technologies and a constantly changing world, I wanted to bring the spectator closer to his or her own sensations."
Appointed director of the Centre Chorégraphique de Rillieux-la-Pape in August 2011, Yuval Pick has had a long career as a choreographer, a dancer and a teacher.
He first trained at the Bat-Dor Dance School in Tel Aviv, then joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 1991. Four years later he left to begin working as an international guest artist with, among others, Tero Saarinen, Carolyn Carlson and Russel Maliphant.
In 1999 he joined the Opera Ballet of Lyon, and founded his own company, The Guests, in 2002.
Since then he has created a strong repertory of works marked by their elaborated, layered movement vocabulary, accompanied by commissioned scores by ranking composers.
In his work the relationships between individuals and group(s) are often highlighted and challenged.
He created Popular Music (2005), Strand Behind (2006) for the Agora Festival (IRCAM) and the National Conservatory of music and dance (CNSMD) in Lyon, /Paon/ (2008) for the Junior Ballet in Genève and 17 drops. In 2010, he created Score and then The Him for the Junior Ballet of the National Conservatory music and dance (CNSMD) in Paris and the trio PlayBach at the invitation of Carolyn Carlson.
In 2012, No play hero, with the music of David Lang and Folks for the Biennale of Danse in Lyon. Then, two creations in 2014, the duet loom with the music of Nico Muhly and Ply piece for five dancers with the american composer Ashley Fure.In 2015, he creates Apnée (corps vocal) for four dancers and six singers and then Are friends electric? for six dancers around the music of Kraftwerk.
In 2016, Yuval Pick was commissioned to create a work in a national historical building: Hydre in the the Royal Monastery of Brou.
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Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
Choreography : Yuval Pick
Interpretation : Xavier Gresse, Jere Nurminen, Antoine Roux Briffaud
Original music : Bertrand Larrieu
Lights : Matthieu Meillon
Costumes : Keren Nissim
Other collaborations : Soutien : DRAC Rhône-Alpes et Ville de Lyon Avec l'aide de l'Adami et la collaboration de l'Ambassade de Finlande en France. Remerciements : CND de Lyon - Rhône-Alpes pour le prêt des studios
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : CCNR / Direction Yuval Pick. Château Rouge-Annemasse, Le Toboggan-Décines, Compagnie The Guests
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse
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