A woman in an armchair. The camera dances around her and reveals in her back the diffracted-like image of eight female dancers, pinned like insects to an oblique wall. In a confined space with earthy ground, while words by Marguerite Duras are whispered in a voice over, the nine dancers resist the bad weather aggressing them by physical gestures of evasion and closure.
Joëlle Bouvier and Régis Obadia sign here a film of obvious plastic beauty, revealing themselves as directors of their own choreographic universe. Making full use of cinema resources, they express through images the urgency of their gestural writing that they propose here as a counterpoint to the stretched out literary style of Marguerite Duras. This film has been awarded many prizes including the Toucan d'or at the Rencontres de prograùùes audiovisuels in Rio de Janeiro, the FIPA d'Argent 1989 (short films) in Cannes, and a special mention from the jury at the FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art) in 1990.
Régis Obadia was born in 1958 in Oran, Algeria. He studied dance from 1976 to 1979 at the Institut des Arts et du Mouvement, run by Françoise et Dominique Dupuy, and was initiated into theatre by Jacques Lecoq. In 1980 he formed the l'Esquisse company with Joëlle Bouvier. Their earliest pieces thrust the pair into the national and international limelight.
Directors of the Centre National de la Danse Contemporaine, Le Havre from 1986 to 1992, they were appointed artistic directors of the CNDC, Angers in 1993, renamed CNDC l'Esquisse, which they directed until 2003.
Since 1998, Régis Obadia has pursued a solo creative career.
An important figure in modern dance since the early 1980s, Régis Obadia has marked the memories of those who have seen him with the feverish sensuality and powerful gestures of his pieces. With the founding of his own company in 2003, he asserted his distinctive style and his open-mindedness by working just as happily in the field of theatre as that of pure dance. His regular collaborations with Russia, in partnership with Lisa Wiergasova, have won him prestigious prizes, including a Golden Mask in 2004 for his choreography of “The Rite of Spring”, and a Seagull in 2004 for his direction of “The Idiot” at the Moscow
Chaika Festival. After “The Rite of Spring” to Stravinsky's music, he composed “Réversibilité” (2005), inspired by Baudelaire's “Les Fleurs du Mal” and “Trois” (2006), set to Schubert's “Death and the Maiden”, performed at the Théâtre Sylvia Montfort, Paris. During this time he also produced the Dominique Mercy documentary “Danse Pina Bausch” (2003), in homage to the iconic German choreographer.
Source : the company Régis Obadia's website
In 1980 Joëlle Bouvier created the company L'Esquisse with Régis Obadia. Together, they have produced 15 choreographic works performed around the world and co-produced 4 short films, recipients of awards in numerous festivals and produced several videos, including "Casser la Voix", by Patrick Bruel. She was co-director at the CCN in Le Havre from 1986 to 1992, and at the CNDC in Angers from 1993 to 2003.
2004, she created the Cie Joëlle Bouvier and set up a creative workshop at the Scène Nationale des Gémeaux, in Sceaux, from 2004 to 2008.
2015 she returned to ballet at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva for the creation of Tristan & Isolde - Salue Pour Moi Le Monde, with the music of Richard Wagner.
At the same time as she was actively creating, Joëlle Bouvier was invited to produce events, such as a display activity at the Printemps department store in Paris in March 2002, and June 2007. In August, 2006, she performed for the launch of a new Chinese cosmetic product at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, then in China. Since 2012, she has worked with Maison Hermès on a show about shoes, presented in Hermès subsidiaries around the world.
Source: The Company Joëlle Bouvier 's website
More information : joellebouvier.com
Choreography : Joëlle Bouvier, Régis Obadia
Interpretation : Nathalie Million, Catherine Berbessou, Joëlle Bouvier, Bernadette Doneux, Florence Issembourg, Patricia Marie, Florence Perrin, Claire RIchard, Joëlle Rollet
Text : "La vie tranquille", de Marguerite Duras
Live music : Denis Levaillant
Sound : Jean-Claude Brisson
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Ina, La Sept, MC Le Havre, Cie l'Esquisse Participation : ministère de la culture (DMD)
Duration : 7'33
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