Ballet for 4 dancers and one musician
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INSTITUTIONNELS PARTNERS: DRAC Auvergne-Rhône Alpes/Région Auvergne-Rhône Alpes/Ville de Lyon/Ville de Francheville/ADAMI/La culture avec la copie privée
COPRODUCTION AND RESIDENCY: 3CL Centre Chorégraphique National du Luxembourg/Festival « Le Temps d’Aimer » de Biarritz/Lab’art, Fort du Bruissin/CNSMD de Lyon
The discovery of Miguel Cervantes has always been a source of inspiration for the choregrapher. Cervantes is a character even darker and more troubled than his hero, comically plagued by his dreams, his illusions, his innocence. Davy Brun chose to work not on a simple narration, but on a chapter of Cervantes’ life before he turned to writing. Specifically, during his years in the military. Combat is the story of one life, of Life. That of individuality versus collectivity, of immaturity versus experience, of dreams versus reality. It is this fight for life in general, and creation in particular, that Davy Brun dissects with strong, original choreography conceived with classical and contemporary music, thus showing us that throughout the ages the struggles have always been the same. Autobiographical and universal truths are revealed here with the reinterpretation of an episode of the life of Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, metaphorical tale about naiveté and the beauty of illusions and the walls against which they shatter.
Don Quixote is one of these literary works which the whole world knows without really having read it. Who indeed doesn’t know the story of the knight who fights against windmills thinking he is attacking giants ? This story is universal and timeless because the windmills and the giants of the past are not so different from today. But what does one know of its author?
In the press
BALLET2000 By Elisa Ruzzo Vaccarino
« It is not easy to free oneself from the modules of international language that followed the « post-classique », and which are repeated almost unceasingly in the creations of those choreographers, heirs to the Kylian-Ek Forsythe line, by avoiding all that is already known and confirmed. But Davy Brun shows that it is always possible to create danced works. »
BALLROOM By Bérengère Alfort
At the casino, overlooking the sea, the public was able to appreciate the meticulous and intimate work of Davy Brun.
Dancer and choreographer of unquestionable talent, this new production staged at the Fort du Bruissin in Lyons takes us, with Combat, into a mortal epic… but not without resurrection. The four male performers and the musician on stage create a crepuscular emotion, like Nietzschean idols. Electric sound and uncompromising light forge an environment saturated with fluid dance (especially the duets), but nervous and marked by struggle for existence. Life which could be that of Cervantes as imagined by Davy Brun, or of every person. A success which is also due to the fine dramaturgy of Serge Gleizes: no time outs.
DANSER CANAL HISTORIQUE By Thomas Hahn
War is a dream: Thus would say Calderon, thus Davy Brun transports us, in his choreographic reverie about friendship. The battle is over, but it is dreaded, remembered.
It is dreamed of, perhaps. At present, the four men are among themselves. Swords are tackles, made more to help than to kill. Davy Brun and his playwright Serge Gleizes did not explore Calderon, but rather Don Quixote where Miguel de Cervantes mixes his military experience with a tender look at the absurd. Suspended between reality and a fantasy, four soldiers train, run, carry, or guide each other. They’re a team, and perhaps they make but one. When they fight, is it a conscious or unconscious act? Are they awake or in someone’s dream ? Their exercises and their chivalry are carried by gentleness, far more than by violence. Their fight remains suspended, between the earthly and the ethereal, between struggle and hope, between darkness and light. Together, they stradle the narration and abstraction of a very poetic cruising speed. Having put his four fighters in tune and in unison, the play rings like a danced sonnet, accompanied on the guitar by Sylvain Ricci who navigates between Spanish music of the time, rock and military cadence. And then the moment arrives when the lights become more raw and reality pushes itself forth like an awakening to the first rays of the day.
With Combat, Davy Brun makes a success of personal and intriguing writing, speaking about a perpetual advent where suspense, the child of states of suspension, never falls. This fight, says Brun, is also that of the artist. And he is not wrong. The artist also remains in suspension, in a no-man’s-land between reality and his creation. His commitment is total and his struggle permanent. But the artist who fights creates more sweetness than infantrymen or knights. The four interpreters of Combat underline it brilliantly.
Friday night, at the casino, the four dancers of the Ando company, led by Davy Brun, delivered the choreographic piece « Combat », around a key moment in the life of Cervantes. They masterfully gave the spectators a combative dance, which, to some extent, traces a parallel over moments of life. Throughout, the performance was punctuated by the deep notes of the electric guitar which added to the intensity of the show.
Jeremy Kouyoumdjian was born in 1985. For 4 years he studied at the CNSMD de Lyon in the contemporary dance section, which included the repertoires of Pina Bausch, Jean Claude Gallotta and Jean Christophe Maillot, and where he created a piece for the Jeune Ballet de Lyon with choreographer Cyril Viallon. Upon leaving the Conservatory, he joined Angelin Preljocaj’s GUID as well as projects by Sylvain Groud and Frédéric Lescure. Jeremy expanded his collaborations in order to enrich his career as danseur interprète, and joined, notably, projects by David Drouard, François Veyrunes, Ingrid Florin, Tommy Pascal, Paco Decina and, imminently, Russel Maliphant. In 2014 he joined ANDO company.
Tristan Robilliard is originally from Lyon. At the age of 12, he discovered dance, initially through hip-hop, and trained alongside the dancers of Käfig company, Accrorap, and the Pokemon Crew. Very soon after, he decided to continue his training at the CNR of Lyon where he studied classical and contemporary dance before joining the CNSMD Lyon, where he obtained his diploma of National Supérieur Professionnel Danseur. In joining the Jeune Ballet de Lyon, he had the opportunity to work with various choreographers, including: Yuval Pick, Julien Monty, Kader Bélarbi, Yan Raballand and Michel Kéléménis, who engaged him as soon as he left. Following his studies, Tristan began a career as an international freelance dancer during which time he worked with such choreographers as: M. Kelemenis, Davy Brun, and Julien Ficely. In 2014, he joined the Swedish company Focus Dance, under the direction of the choreographer Joseph Sturdy ,with whom he would collaborate for 2 years, and performed in the Dansfesten festival alongside Anna Laguna and Yvan Auzély in the most recent production of Mats Ek. In 2016, Tristan continues his collaboration with Davy Brun on his latest creation « Combat », with which he will participate in the Temps d’Aimer festival in Biarritz. In parallel, Tristan Robilliard establishes the Resodancer Company with Laura Lamy. He collaborates with choreographers, including: Uri Ivgi and Johan Greben, Roberto Zappalà, Guy Shomroni, etc.
Paul Girard trained in dance at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris.He has been engaged as a dancer in several international companies in Germany, and more recently in the ballet of the Grand théâtre de Genève, where he stayed for 5 years. His experience in company repertoire led him to work for choreographers as varied as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Emmanuel Gat, Andonis Foniadakis, Benjamin Millemied, Joëlle Bouvier, Michel Kelemenis, Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon to name but a few. Since June 2015, Paul has pursued a career as a free-lance dancer, in Switzerland and abroad. His participation in the Watermill Summer Program in New York, under the direction of Bob Wilson, encouraged him to expand his fields of experimentation and expression (performance, theater). He also teaches a limited number of professionals and amateurs.
Joan Vercoutere graduated from the CNSMD Lyon in 2012. Subsequently he joined the Didier Theron company with whom he continues to participate in various projects. Additionally, he took part in productions by Davy Brun, Gaetano Battezzato, Delphine Pouilly and the Collectif Ès as well as the Mother Tongue Project for Edmond Russo and Shlomi Tuizer within the framework of Marseille Provence 2013. In 2014, he danced in two projects of Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, followed in 2015, by a collaboration with choreographer Nans Martin of Compagnie Les Laboratoires Animé. Not long ago, he met Cécile Laloy with whom he participated in the Passion(s) project, initiated by Florence Girardon and Maguy Marin as part of Montpellier Danse 2016. Joan then directed and performed the choreography of an opera, Les Eléments, at the request of the fledgling baroque music ensemble Les Surprises, conducted by Louis Noël Bestion de Camboulas.
The choreographer Davy Brun
After studying dance at the Conservatoire de région de Lyon and then at l’Ecole de Danse de l’Opéra de Paris, Davy Brun broadened his encounters and experiences both in large repertory companies and also as a free-lance dancer. In 2006 he created his first choreography for the Ballet de la Generalitat Valencianna in Spain. Since then, he has choreographed in numerous repertory companies: in Germany, Spain, the United States, and in France, in particular with the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon.
Since 2009 he has created several pieces with his dancers and Ando Danse Compagnie which have been performed in theaters in the Rhône Alpes region, including the Maison de la Danse, as well as throughout France and abroad, in Spain, Belgium, the United States, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, etc. In addition to his compositions for professional dancers, Davy worked for two consecutive years with the danseur étoile Kader Belarbi on proposals to create a show for amateurs « Oson Danser » at Chalon in Champagne and in Toulouse.
In January 2016 he was engaged as an artist-in-residence of Lab’Art at Fort du Bruissin in Francheville; he will remain in the post through 2018. The 2016/2017 season will be the occasion for Davy Brun to create two pieces for foreign companies in the United States and Colombia, as well as a production for the CNSMD of Lyon, and several other events within his residency at the Fort du Bruissin in Francheville.
« The eight years spent at the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon and then the three at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, allowed me to discover various forms of expression. My work with contemporary choreographers such as Mats Ek, Trisha Brown, Georges Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Maguy Marin, Mathilde Monnier and many others, pointed me to a strong desire to live my own experiences through my choreographies. The desire to create came to me as a necessity to regurgitate all of this training and real-life experience to understand what characterizes me today and what has built me. What to make of all that ? What have I kept of classical dance, of contemporary dance? An aesthetic, a movement, a thought. «
The playwright Serge Gleizes
Serge Gleizes is a journalist and author. He has worked for more than thirty years in the written press, primarily in the fashion sector where he was section editor for L’Officiel Hommes magazine, and then as a free-lance wrtier for various magazines including: Harper’s Bazaar France, Vogue Hommes International, le Spectacle du Monde, L’Oeil, Gala, Air France Madame … Abandoning fashion little by little to focus on culture, architecture, interior design and the art of living, he collaborated more recently on the pages of M du Monde magazine, and contributes regularly to Ideat magazine. Until 2010, he was associate editor-in-chief of AD France (Architectural Digest), and regularly writes the dance page, another of his passions, for The Good Life magazine. In addition to consulting for a large Parisian architecture firm, he has also published many works with Éditions du Chêne, La Martinière, Éditions du Patrimoine and Flammarion.
Guitarist and composer Sylvain Ricci
The guitarist and composer Sylvain Ricci began studying classical guitar at the age of 10 and then quickly made his way to electric guitar, initially for its rock influences. For ten years, he played in several groups as a composer-performer and performed on stage, while at the same developing a career as a stage manager and focusing on composition for live performance. His musical influences having evolved over time, he found the electric guitar to be the appropriate instrument for this type of use, due to its great versatility and diversity of sound. His approach here is to extract the maximum number of textures from the instrument and to develop a technique of play adapted within the meaning of the show. Creating musical works for artistic performances from plays to the ballets of l’Opéra de Lyon by way of le spectacle jeune public (entertainment for young audiences), the work of composition is in constant renewal.
Costume Designer Hubert Barrère
Hubert Barrère chooses the corset as a central element of his work. Nevertheless, if the corset remains the foundation of his work, Hubert Barrère is not limited solely to this exercise. After joining Hurel in 1997 as Artistic Director, he created embroideries for the biggest luxury houses: Chanel, Vuitton, Dior, Valentino, Gucci. In December 2011 Hubert Barrère was appointed as Artistic Director of Lesage House. Hubert Barrère has always focused on strengthening the bonds between creation and know-how, heritage and innovation. Within the Lesage House, and in close connection with Chanel, he assembles embroidery and contemporary materials in order to create designs for new collections to be proposed to his demanding clientele.
Lighting Designer David Debrinay
In recent years, David Debrinay has created lighting in theater and opera for Lucinda Childs, Richard Brunel, Jean-Louis Benoit, Max-Emmanuel Cencic, Jakob Peter-Messer, Laurent Brethome, Jean Lacornerie, Johanny Bert, Stéphane Ghislain-Roussel, Simon Deletang, Jean-Claude Berutti, Hervé Dartiguelongue, and Sophie Langevin. He has also worked in the field of dance collaborating with Davy Brun, Yan Raballand and soon, Alejandro Cerrudo. Furthermore, he has made forays into the field of contemporary circus in productions by Olivier Antoine, Cirque Hirsute, and the equestrian circus, Plume de Cheval. Within the framework of these various collaborations, he was led to create lighting design, in France and throughout Europe, in places such as l’Opéra de Lyon, l’Opéra National du Rhin, the Wiesbaden Opera, l’Opéra Versailles, le Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, le Théâtre National de Chaillot, le Festival d’Art Lyrique Aix-en-Provence, Megaro Mousikis of Athens, the Amphitheater of Plovdiv, the National Theater Mannheim, the Dommelhof Theater Neerpelt, and les Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels. In addition to designing for live performance, David works in the fields of architecture and museography and teaches the dramaturgy of light at INSA Lyon.
ANDO DANSE COMPAGNIE
Association ANDO was created in 2009 for choreographic creation Fine presented by Davy BRUN to the International festival of Dance of Cannes and the Maison de la Danse of LYON. Ando Dances Company can register today with its repertoire, A against dance, Concursus (award-winning of competition Recognition), Christoffa, the Firebrid (music of Igor Stravinsky) and AKIKO in love one, creation young public in collaboration with the author illustrator Antoine Guillopé and his album of the same name.
These parts were diffused in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and in the United States.
In 2015 Davy Brun has creates for Ando a performance danced around white bronze work “the Rebirth” of Claudine Drai ordered by the Maeght Foundation with Saint Paul de Vence. Since this performance was danced in Paris with Space 111 and Locarno in Switzerland with the Ghisla Foundation. In May 2016 Ando Dances Company celebrated the hundredth representation of its repertoire.
Lastly, in January 2016, Ando Dance Company and Davy Brun has the opportunity of belonging to the new device of artistic residence of the Fort of Bruissin in Francheville: Lab’ Art.
Since January 2016, new programming came to enrich and supplement the various actions bound for all public, all related to the dance. Actions bound for the school public also take place within the framework of this residence. Several cultural structures like the National centre of the Dance of Lyon, the Higher National Academy of Music and Dance, the religious organizations franchevilloises, of the companies of dance of the Region, the national centre of the Dance of Luxembourg, the international school of architecture Junction of Odile Decq, the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, the Biennial one of the Dance of Lyon, the House of the Dance of Lyon and the ENSATT (École Nationale Supérieure of Arts and Techniques of the Theatre), the National Opera of Lyon will be partners of these events in a will of exchange, mutualisation for the diffusion of the art of dance.
Duration: 60 minutes
Artists on stage: 5
crew on tour: 8
minimum stage: 8×8
Price: 5 000 euros
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Photos Crédits: Stephane Bellocq