Val de Marne 2023 Dance Biennale, a beautiful conveyor belt between plays and generations

There are “ohs” of amazement, “ahs” of admiration, gasps and sighs, silences and the gurgling of a fountain. This innate way of circulating the bubbles of life to allow his dance to breathe is the gesture of Dominique Paguet (1951-1992), a figure in the contemporary scene of the 1980s. Nicicito, piece of Granada, Premiered in 1991, the year before the artist’s death, a dreamy ineptitude pervades the nine dancers. A group of lost tourists in the Alhambra are suddenly transformed into comic book characters who have escaped from the thousand-year-old walls.

on the wire from this “vacation room”, As Baguet baptized it, we can see “A queen in trance, a weeping prince, a dreamy infanta, a cowardly bullfighter…” But, quite simply, comical silhouettes drawn in two slips by a mischievous choreographer who knew how to combine cuteness with lightness without twisting his feet.

This show opens with changing moods, on Friday March 10th, in Perreux-sur-Marne, the Val-de-Marne Dance Biennale, which runs until April 6th in 25 halls and partner cities of the department. His presentation is an event. It was revived in 2022 for the first time, as part of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris. It will be broadcast in different theaters, highlighting the historical aspect of 22H Edition of the event directed by Sandra Noviot. Baggett’s writing, with its attention to detail in its multiplicity of bodies, is no longer on stage today and is lost, She trusts. His disappearance was an aesthetic break, since it happened at the time of the AIDS pogrom. It was also one of my first feelings as a student in Montpellier, and it remains unforgettable. »


In a diverse program where diversity bears the names of Portuguese artists, such as Tania Carvalho and Marco da Silva Ferreira, or Brazilian Volmaire Cordeiro, the question of rendition plays on different eras and aesthetics. In parallel with Nicicito, piece for Granadathe irreducible bestseller dance Designed by American superstar Lucinda Childs, partner of Bob Wilson, in 1979.

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In another, more performed record, South African Robyn Orlin gave the keys to her first single, Created in 1994, in New York, In a corner the sky surrenders… To the Ivorian choreographer Nadia Bougueré, who transmitted part of her performance, legacy (2014), for Dozens of Amateur Women. “I like the idea that the biennale connects different pieces and generations of artists, spectators and hobbyists, Sandra Noviot adds. It is our responsibility to share the great works to keep them alive. »

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