With his show named Solombra, Miguel Angel Berna has created ingenious harmony between contemporary dance, the folklore from his native region (Aragon) and the flamenco. Accompanied on stage by a female dancer and ten singers and musicians, his show illustrates his love of dance ecstatically: the bodies exalt, exult to the sound of castanets clapping magnificently.
Source : Maison de la Danse performance programme
Berna, Miguel Angel
Born in 1968 in Zaragoza, Miguel Ángel Berna is the most contemporary exponent of the jota, a dance which he has practised since he was eight years old. At the age of seventeen, he won first prize in the city of Zaragoza's official jota competition with the dancer Ana Cristina Araiz. In 1990 he formed his own company Danza Viva, with which he produced many works acclaimed by press and audiences alike. He took a new look at the jota, updated it with contemporary nuances, at the same time moving towards flamenco, notably demonstrated in his show “Mudéjar”. A winner of the national choreographic prize, he also took part in Carlos Saura's film “Iberia”.
Source: Arte Movimiento Producciones - Management de Artistas Flamencos
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq 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.
More recently, he launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created the website numeridanse.tv, an international video library for dance online.
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
Choreography : Miguel Angel Berna
Interpretation : Miguel Angel Berna, Rafael Jimenez
Live music : Compania Miguel Angel Berna ("Falo")
Lights : Mariano Carinena
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse
Duration : 80'