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Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2014 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Plassard, Denis (France)

Video producer : Maison de la Danse


Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2014 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Plassard, Denis (France)

Video producer : Maison de la Danse


Rites is a choreographed conference about modern rituals and folklores. 

This show brings together six dancers around Denis Plassard who will be the speaker: he invites us to discover a fantastic collection of "traditional contemporary dances" each more incredible than the last. 

The conference takes us on a zany journey to the heart of the rituals of our modern society: from the "Psy-dance" practiced as couple therapy to the "TriDance" that sorts the company staff during incentive sessions, through late night waltz danced under the banquet tables!

Each dance is analyzed and put in context (historical, geographical and social).

The soundtrack, composed at the same time as the choreography, accompanies this funny travel offering original musical setting for each dance.

Plassard, Denis

Denis Plassard started to dance on a misunderstanding : wrapped up in crepe paper for the "End of the Year Show" in primary school, he was convinced that the steps meant something and that putting them together was just like writing sentences to tell a story... Since then, a question (a bit odd for a dancer/choreographer) haunts him: what does the movement mean? What do we say when we move?

He then decided to study dance and entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon. After he graduated, he danced for 2 seasons with Josette Baïz's company in Aix-en-Provence.

In 1991, at the age of 23, he set up his own company named after his first solo, “Propos”, which was created the year before. Very early in his choreographic career, he tried to create dynamic links between speech and movement and his work focused on the connection between "Dance and Text". His choreographic writing is precise, sharp and very theatrical, and his style is quirky and full of humour and derision. Prolific choreographer and eager dancer, he enjoys being confronted with new universes and is continually looking for artistic meetings and crossroads between different aesthetics.

From Kafka to Mermet, from Bizet to Labiche, from the stage to the circus ring, he keeps having new ideas that mix hip-hop, circus, music, theatre and dance.

Source : The company Propos 's website

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Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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Choreography : Denis Plassard

Choreography assistance : Manoëlle Vienne (répétitrice)

Interpretation : Xavier Gresse, Jim Krummenacker, Géraldine Mainguet, Déborah Moreau, Denis Plassard, Laureline Richard, Emilie Yana

Text : Denis Plassard

Original music : Norbert Pignol, Quentin Allemand, Fabienne Déroche, Jean-Paul Hervé, Norbert Pignol, Christophe Sacchettini, Raphaël Vuillard

Lights : Dominique Ryo, Arthur Puech

Costumes : Béatrice Vermande, Julie Lascoumes

Sound : Eric Dutriévoz, Raphaël Vuillard

Other collaborations : Eric Dutriévoz (régie générale)

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse - 2014

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