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Program

14 and 15 April - 18:00 h (Local Time)
Kraftwerk

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

COMPAGNIE DCA / PHILIPPE DECOUFLÉ

14 April 2018, 20:00h and 15 April, 18:00h KraftWerk
Introduction with Bernd Kaufmann and Jürgen Wilcke on 14 April at 19:15h in the KraftWerk

PROGRAMME

Nouvelles Pièces Courtes (German premiere)

Direction and choreography: Philippe Decouflé
Assistant choreographer: Alexandra Naudet
Cast: Flavien Bernezet, Meritxell Checa Esteban, Aurélien Oudot, Julien Ferranti, Alice Roland, Suzanne Soler, Violette Wanty
Original music: Pierre Le Bourgeois – Peter Corser, Raphael Cruz and Violette Wanty (duo), Cengiz Djengo Hartlap
Additional music: Antonio Vivaldi: Excerpts from Stabat Mater (Andreas Scholl, Ensemble 415 Chiara Bianchini) and from the Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G Major (Claudio Scimone) / Antônio Carlos Jobim, "Samba de Uma Nota Só" (The Composer of Desafinado, Plays), Sol Hoopii, "Farewell Blues" / Joseph Racaille, "Cléo Mambo" / Tau Moe Family, "E Mama Ea" / Paulinho da Viola, "Dança de Solidão" / Shugo Tokumaru, "Bricolage Music" (from the album Toss)

Texts: Alice Roland
Lighting design and stage management: Begoña Garcia Navas
Video design: Olivier Simola and Laurent Radanovic
Set design: Alban Ho Van
Costume design: Laurence Chalou, Jean Malo

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes, without intermission
World premiere: 16 May 2017, La Rochelle

Production: Compagnie DCA / Philippe Decouflé
Coproduction: Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse, Paris; La Coursive – Scène Nationale de La Rochelle, La Rochelle; Espace Malraux – Scène Nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie, Chambéry; La Filature – Scène nationale de Mulhouse, Mulhouse; Théâtre de Nîmes – Scène Conventionnée pour la Danse Contemporaine, Nîmes; Bonlieu – Scène Nationale d'Annecy, Annecy.

With the support of the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes, France

Compagnie DCA is supported by DRAC Île-de-France – French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Departement Seine-Saint-Denis and the city of Saint-Denis. The Institute Français regularly supports Compagnie DCA for overseas tours and promotes investments for the region Île-de-France. Philippe Decouflé and Compagnie DCA are associated with the Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse in Paris.

Philippe Decouflé created a series of smaller choreographies for Nouvelles PiècesCourtes that provide fascinating insight into Compagnie DCA's diverse formal and stylistic universe. His interest in the short form essentially stems from rock 'n' roll – these brief, efficient pieces of music gain in concentrated energy what they lack in length. A system that is eminently suited to dance, as choreographies tend to be poetic rather than narrative.

At the same time, Decouflé is following a tradition in contemporary dance: Choreographers from George Balanchine to Merce Cunningham, from Martha Graham to Alwin Nikolais created performances that were put together in modular fashion from a number of shorter pieces. An approach that allows audiences to immerse themselves in different dance vocabularies evoking different worlds and atmospheres on a single evening.

COMPANY
Compagnie DCA / Philippe Decouflé combines contemporary dance with elements of the circus, acrobatics and video technology. The latter enables dancers to interact with their own video projections or create poetic shadow plays. This clever interplay of dance, video elements, stage sets, and music gives rise to choreographies in which fascinating images between reality and illusion merge together, creating a theatrical truth all their own. At the same time, Compagnie DCA / Philippe Decouflé productions are pervaded by contradictory moods, shifting from moments of delicate sincerity and laconic melancholy to playful levity and almost slapstick exuberance – yet without ever losing their inventiveness and the often breathtaking beauty of their movements.

Compagnie DCA / Philippe Decouflé was founded in 1983 and works as a workshop collective with artists and technicians from a range of disciplines collaborating on new forms of performance, dance and media. Their workplace is a former power plant in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis. High-voltage performances by the power-packed group were also presented at the Autostadt Movimentos Festival with Sombrero in 2007 and Octopus in 2011.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER Philippe Decouflé began his training at the École du Cirque de Paris with multitalented French performer Annie Fratellini and pantomime Marcel Marceau. He studied with Alwin Nikolais at the Centre national de danse contemporaine before going on to dance with Merce Cunningham in New York. It was in the Big Apple that Decouflé discovered the video technology that would become a hallmark of his choreographies and contribute to the great success of Compagnie DCA / Philippe Decouflé.

Decouflé is fascinated by images, geometric shapes and the video clip aesthetic, incorporating them into his works for the stage as well as for his dance films, music videos, and commercials. He names comics, musicals, nightclub dancing and Oskar Schlemmer, Bauhaus architect and creator of the Triadic Ballet, as his formative cultural influences.

Many of his works have won international awards, and his spectacular productions for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and for the "Triton" extravaganza at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in Paris sealed his reputation as one of the most popular French choreographers. In addition to his work with DCA, Decouflé directed for Cirque du Soleil in 2011. In 2015 he created the dance and music piece WieBo, a homage to David Bowie presented at the opening of the "David Bowie is" exhibition in Paris.