“Life – that is: continually shedding something that wants to die” (Nietzsche)
“Always ready to die, as to live. I choreographed this solo as a manifesto of joie de vivre, as well as a joy for death. Returning to the concept of Expressionism, to the spectacular, but in the form of movement. Glimpsing the possibility that anything can stop at any time. Living life to the very fullest, savouring every moment. What if living meant accepting this daily emptiness, this primordial absurdity? Dancing can therefore be a way to reject death while also making friends with it. Death is like a garment that we hide away and that give life a particular taste. A car passes right up close. ‘We could have been killed.’ A jolt of a reminder that the body is not a solid entity but a sponge that absorbs states and sensations. For me, dance represents the primitive meaning of a return to life,” Simon Tanguy
By choreographing the solo 'Japan' in 2011, Simon Tanguy admitted his hyperactivity and anxiety related to death. This solo evokes agony through the search for a specific physical and poetic vocabulary. Tanguy explores “the contraction, the release, the fainting, the waking-up, the coma, the own fight, the collapse, the fall, the resurrection, the slow death, the fast death, the testament, the last words and returning memory.” All these different movements are condensed into a Surrealist world that combines the principles of improvisation and composition.
Source : Maison de la Danse
Simon Tanguy is a choreographer and dancer based in Rennes. Since the age of 18 he has been creating his own shows in a youth circus company that performs both in the streets and traditional circus-environments. In 2005, after ten years of practising judo, he obtained a philosophy degree in Rennes. Having taken up contemporary dance, he enrolled at the Samovar School in Paris, training in physical theatre and clowning, and developing his ideas around burlesque, buffoonery and grotesque performance. In 2011, he graduated from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam.
Simon Tanguy explores motion intensity, extreme emotional states, and the shifting musicality of an alert body. He adds to contemporary dance an energetic background that derives from theatre and transposes into the former the wildness and openness of clowning. His pieces do always features a flow (bodies, qualities, words) to which the performer has to surrender. Passing through this multiplicity of states, Simon Tanguy reflects on the unpredictable velocity in which we are living.
Simon Tanguy has worked both as a dancer and performer for international choreographers: Boris Charmatz, Maud Le Pladec, Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson. His solo « Japan » received the ITS Choreography Award 2011. The trio Gerro, Minos and Him – conceived in collaboration with Aloun Marchal and Roger Sala Reyner – received both the 2nd Prize Danse Elargie at the Théâtre de la Ville-Paris in 2010, and the City of Stuttgart's Dance and Theater Price in 2013.
In 2013 Simon Tanguy founded the company Propagande C in Saint-Brieuc. So far 3 pieces have been produced by the company. Simon Tanguy collaborates frequently with the Musée de la Danse, with the choreographers Marzena Krzeminska, Élisa Le Merrer and with others partners from the department of Côtes d'Armor.
Source : Simon Tanguy 's website
More information : simontanguy.com
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 Numeridanse.tv, 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
More information: fabione.fr
Choreography : Simon Tanguy
Interpretation : Simon Tanguy
Original music : Christoph Scherbaum
Lights : Pablo Fontdevila
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