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Prologue for psalms


With Psalms, I would like to traverse and to seize the multiple directions of the relation such as they are played today in the company.
What is what crowned? Is What crowned today? Is Why it crowned? How the direction of crowned metamorphose T does starting from the personal or collective trajectories? Is Which my approach of crowned? What is crowned for me? What is this I remove the sacred character from? Is Which my sacrileges?
As many questions which animate me.
I test with this stage of my personal course and professional the desire to write contemporary psalms. It will not be a poetic verb sung, but a poetic flow not danced, on the relation (what us Re binds).

James Carlès _Art director


Prologue for Psalms, is a questioning of the Choreographer around crowned. The Baroque Orchestra of Montauban, under the direction of Jean-Marc Andrieu, gives an original and powerful interpretation of the music of the Knight St George. On these notes, the particular scenic space created for the occasion is invested with force and singularity by the 3 interpreters. The creation of the video maker/plastician Elise Perrier brings additional reading levels, at the same time ludic, shifted and responsible for a strong symbolic system. This part echoes and pays homage to the plastics technician franco-burkinabé Kelly Kabré whose work was founded on the creation of works of art from
waste recycled and also with regretted Doctor Jean Emmanuel Kamtchueng (pharmacist free-Cameronian and ex president of the House from Africa in Toulouse) who made me discover works and the character the Knight of Saint George. The Music of the Knight of Saint George, anchored well in her time, releases a rhythmic energy basically related to the dance. In the version alive Music the orchestra Passions is composed of 4 musicians for the interpretation of Quartets of the Knight of Saint George (2 violins, 1 viola, 1 violoncello). James Carlès


Part of James Carlès for 3 Dancers with 5 musicians - Durée: 50 minutes

Distribution at the creation:
Choreography: James Carlès
Interpreters: Shihya Peng, Aurore Delahaye, Pascal Beugre-Tellier

Musiques: Knight of Saint-George
Musical direction: Jean-Marc Andrieu
Orchestrates: Jean-Marc Andrieu (Flute nozzle)
Liv Heym (Violin)
Nirina Betoto (Violin)
Jennifer Lutter (viola)
Marie-Madeleine Mille (Violoncello)

Videeo maker and Plastician: Elise Perrier

Lights creation: Arnaud Schulz

Carlès, James

James Carles is a choreographer, researcher and lecturer. He received initial training in dance and music of Africa and its Diaspora and then trained with the great names of modern dance in New York and London mainly. Since 1992, he hired an artistic and analytical approach that explores the “places junctions” between the dances, rhythms and philosophies of Africa and its Diaspora with technical and western thoughts frames. To date, his company’s directory contains more than fifty pieces of his own creation and authors like Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Talley Beatty, Asadata Dafora, Geraldine Armstrong, Rick Odums, Wayne Barbaste, Carolyn Carlson, Robyn Orlin, etc.

Dancer soloist and outstanding performer, James Carles was performer and artistic collaborator for not only numerous “all music” ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, through jazz; but also choreographers such as Carolyn Carlson, Robyn Orlin, Rui Horta, Myriam Naisy, etc.

Artist associated with Astrada- Jazz In Marciac 2012-2014, research associate in the laboratory of the University LLA Créatis Jean Jaures Toulouse, James Carles is particularly invests in heritage projects for diversity and diffusion of choreographic culture. He is also founder and artistic director of the festival “Dances and Black Continents”.

L'équipe artistique et technique

Passions - Baroque Orchestra of Montauban: the intention of the Music is not only to like Hearing, but to express the Feelings, to strike Imagination, to affect the Spirit and to order Passions. (Geminiani, 1751). Created by the flutist with nozzle Jean-Marc Andrieu in 1986, Passions Baroque Orchestra of Montauban, it celebrated in 2011 its 25 years. This whole with variable geometry specialized in practice in the instruments of time. Its artistic approach reconciles two principles: the respect of the old techniques of game and the dynamic interpretation of the musical speech. The repertoire of Passions offers a large variety, energy of the instrumental small formations of room to the large oratorios. Jean-Marc Andrieu works on a tour of regional heritage (Toulouse, Dukes of Pivot, Montauban). The Orchestra Passions was invited by the Embassy from France to Rome with the Farnèse Palace and occurred in Spain (Murcie, Santander, Bilbao, Valence, Saragossa), in Switzerland, in Hungary, in Fès in Morocco, like Amsterdam and Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Jean-Marc Andrieu: He begins its musical studies with the National Academy from Region of Toulouse where he quickly obtains the first prices of, chamber music recorder and musical theory. Continuing studies of musicology, he is impassioned for the old music and improves in the game of the recorder and interpretation with the Sweelinck Academy of Amsterdam near the largest world specialists. He is titular training certificates of recorder, of direction of chorus and director of academy. Since 1991 he is Director of the Academy of Montauban.

Arnaud SCHULZ: Light and Control. Formed at the Professional Training centre of the Technicians of Show (CFPTS) with Bagnolet, he begins its career with the Seedbed Operated in Paris. Since 2005 he works in close collaboration with Cie de James Carlès taking part in the creation of Dance with the god, of Dance of the spirit,, TamTam and Coupé Décalé Act I and II. The research of environment right, the obvious report which must exist between work and the light, are the fruit of multiple, varied and diversified experiments. Its experiments in various fields (exhibitions with the Grand Palais, in the City of Space, event-driven for Airbus, Pierre Fabre, Danone, short-film, video clip, publicity) and its curiosity lead it to use all the available resources to create environments of light, in particular the automated or brought under control projectors.

Elise PERRIER: Plastician and video maker. After studies of visual arts, she becomes video maker because it is an alive medium, in perpetual movement, development of the project to the catch of sight to the assembly. To conceive and carry out videos, to technically put them in scene within shows of dance, theatre or musical concerts are a single experiment each time where it is very enriching to work in liaison with all the people present on a joint project. Its universe is sometimes near to dreamed and strange proposing the sensitive aspect of the things of the world, a videographic psyche like as many demonstrations conscious and unconscious of the personality and human intellect. This place where the deterioration of time is possible, where there exists a differed tempo. A state of consciousness briefly deteriorated, one moment when the spirit seems to be elsewhere. Place where the thought starts to manufacture chimerical or unrealizable things. 

Carlès, James

Since 2016, James Carlès has made the choice to make available to the public a selection of its videos.

Company James Carlès Danse & Co

The Company James Carles work to the valuation of dance forms from the social traditions and popular in the West. In 1998 James Carles created the dance center and the festival “Dance in Toulouse” showcase this unusual approach, the festival “Dance and Black Continents” established in 2007, is an extension.

In his creations, the company tends to confront various choreographic cultures to other art forms. It also has operations around the research, conservation, transmission, distribution and public awareness.

In 2015 the company changes its name and becomes the Dance Company Carles James & Co.



Prologue #1 pour Psaumes

Choreography : Chorégraphie : James Carlès - Pièce pour 3 danseurs avec 5 musiciens

Interpretation : Shihya Peng, Aurore Delahaye, Pascal Beugre-Tellier

Set design : Vidéaste et Plasticienne : Elise Perrier

Live music : Direction Musicale :Jean-Marc Andrieu Orchestre :Jean-Marc Andrieu (Flute à bec) Liv Heym (Violon) Nirina Betoto (Violon) Jennifer Lutter (alto) Marie-Madeleine Mille (Violoncelle)

Additionnal music : Chevalier de Saint-George

Lights : Arnaud Schulz


The Knight of Saint George Joseph de Bologne:
If it nourished the imagination of more than one novelist, the knight of Saint-George, already mythical in his time, will have a long time escaped with the sagacity of the historians. Joseph de Bologne of Saint-George was born slave in Guadeloupe on December 25th, 1745. His father is a rich grower of Dutch origin and his mother a creole slave born in the Guadeloupe. Boarder in one of the best academies, formed as son of large lord by the fencing master Boëssière, Joseph de Bologne makes known himself in the Parisian company under the name of Knight of Saint-George. Parallel to its social success, Saint-George becomes an accomplished virtuoso. Charged very young person with the direction in the Concert of the amateurs, one of the best music groups of the world, he starts to compose. It is now by its quartets, its symphonia concertantes, its concertos for violin, its operas, which it allures and dazzles, inspiring the young person Mozart or Choderlos de Laclos, its first librettist. He attends the free trade middle of the 18th century, and is, by his social position, a figure of the emancipation of the slaves of the European colonial empires.
The music of Saint-George, known only of some specialists, will remain hidden during two centuries under the dust of the archives until the general public can discover it in all its splendour and which, the prejudices defeated, it enters finally to the repertoire, where it however deserved to appear for a long time.

Kelly Kabré: Artist plastics technician. Justin Kabré says Kelly was born in 1974 close to Ouagadougou. He learns the woodcarving within family setting near his father, sculptor traditional. He initiates himself with the techniques of metal during one year with the Oloron foundation and works painting in the Boromo Center where it perfect its knowledge of traditional arts. In Ouagadougou where he lives and works, He carries out many decorations and furniture and regularly presents his works in various places of the city. In 2006 it accomplishes first a three months stay in France, carrying out about thirty sculptures which it presents to Toulouse with the Living room of the 22 then in the Arts centre of the town of Mazamet Apollo and with Workshop 16 in Revel. Will follow in 2007 several exhibitions and invitations in various festivals. Summer 2007 Gallery 5 of Toulouse presents a broad panorama of its work. Nor international art and even less crafts or art of airport, the art of Kelly was qualified by the artist Michel Batlle of art accidental i.e. a art which dissociates and breaks the Western uniform thought by its ethnic inspiration, bringing a new form again within a situation where art did not lose its humanistic function not to be any more but one market.

The House from Africa in Toulouse (M.A.T): the M.A.T came out on February 29th, 1992. Its objective is To allow Toulouse and the inhabitants of Midi-Pyrenees which wish it, to better know Africa in its sociocultural diversity. To support the dialogue of the cultures by better information on Africa and its relations with Europe in particular, by suitable initiatives in order to promote the exchanges, it between assistance and solidarity. As of its creation the M. A.T positioned on the subjects which are always of news. Since 2000, it gave to its action, in various forms, a particular orientation, always in conformity with the starting objective: to better inform on the Africans in Europe. The fight against racism and discriminations starts with a fight against the ignorance and the ignorance of the other. The M.A.T thus chose to center its action on a memory work consisting in making known the part played by the Africans and their descendants in the History of Europe and their contributions to this History. The modification of the perception of the Other is the prelude to a modification of the behaviors. It is a work citizen which is addressed to the public in general (people of all ages and any origines). In each field of this action the result can be the object of a publication, from where the creation of a publisher MAT-EDITIONS (

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