On the opening of the forty second Montpellier Danse, the good Philippe Decouflé pushes his “Stereo” to its limits!

On Friday, June 17, on the opening of the forty second version of the Montpellier Danse pageant, choreographer Philippe Decouflé, THE rock star of French up to date dance, created “Stéréro”, a brand new try at a complete present near a dance live performance with a pleasing goal! The maker’s rationalization.

Once we say ‘Stereo’ we consider ‘music’. That’s the place to begin: the need for music?

Certainly, the specificity of this present is to combine music and dance in a really intimate means. Furthermore, I wonder if it’s not extra of a danced live performance than vice versa. Anyway, it’s totally musical, and I actually loved it. I am fortunate to have a job the place you possibly can sort of do no matter you need: dance is a free and open subject the place an unimaginable number of types is expressed! It has been in my head for a very long time to work on requirements, to return to the music that characterised my childhood, i.e. rock’n’roll, and switch it into one thing, a present, which is not narrative only a second, I hope. , of shared enjoyment of the connection between dance and music, that are extremely porous arts.

How is your “Stereo” the reply to those two years we have all simply lived in “mono”, so to talk?

Certainly, we are able to say that with the pandemic we now have been residing in “mono” in a way! Certainly, the present was born in response to the incarceration. Nevertheless it’s additionally the concept of ​​the vinyl LP, of this somewhat uncooked, somewhat rustic, natural sound!

The need for rock’n’roll can be the need of the group?

Establishing an organization for a present shouldn’t be that removed from forming a bunch: it’s bringing collectively a coherent group, ensuring they’re people who find themselves nice and attention-grabbing for everybody to work with, individuals who do not argue an excessive amount of, who’ve each nice expertise and deliberate egos… It is alchemy! I made a casting for the musicians just like the dancers.

Might we introduce them?

There may be Arthur Satàn, from the group JS Satàn (whom I didn’t know): he’s a unprecedented guitarist, and likewise a really humorous individual, he’s doing very nicely. He introduced his drummer Romain Boutin with him. And since one among my first concepts was to work with my daughter Louise, who’s a bass participant, she joined in on the journey, and so they fashioned a trio that I feel works nicely! Within the firm there may be Violette Wanty, who has labored with me for about ten years and who’s a unprecedented dancer, singer. There may be additionally Aurélien Oudot, of the corporate, who comes out of the circus and does acro dance; which enriches the vocabulary of the present. There are three extra younger folks: Vladimir Duparc, a dancer, tall, blond, lovely; Eléa Ha Minh Tay, a dancer who masters city expressions, avenue, hip-hop; and at last Baptiste Allaert, who’s without delay an actor, clown, singer, musician, and so forth.

However that’s not the whole lot !

Sure, there may be additionally a really technical and inventive group behind it. I discover Jean Rabasse who made the set and has labored with me for the reason that Olympics in Albertville in 1992. There may be additionally Philippe Guillotel, in costumes, who I’ve labored with since… earlier than the Olympics, since we had been collectively already busy Codex. In brief, we additionally put collectively this trio!

The music of your youth, the return of outdated henchmen, the presence of your daughter… To not point out nostalgic, “Stereo” has one thing to do with a pause, a stopover, so with the reminiscence?

I do not actually know… however life, like artwork, goes via loops, via cycles. There I do come again to sure issues, however by adapting them to at this time’s world, with completely different considerations, and that is what’s attention-grabbing.

As soon as the gang was fashioned, what was the instruction: enjoyable?

What’s a “setpoint”, a setpoint?… How do you say that? It’s critical in insanity. It is work, actual work, as a result of as a way to afford the freedoms I am making an attempt to realize, it needs to be executed very nicely! It have to be lovely, balanced, exact, intoxicating, in order that it wins the viewer. It is advanced, however the thought is to construct essentially the most strong construction for the present so that everybody can have most enjoyable in it that, if designed nicely, might be shared throughout the room! It is what would not get on TV, it is that magical factor that is particular to the performing arts, that group, that complicity. And on this lovely room, the Théâtre de l’Agora, in Montpellier, I feel it ought to work very nicely; a minimum of I hope so!

Stereo / Teaser / Cie DCA / 2022 by Compagnie DCA/Philippe Decouflé on Vimeo.

Within the argument of “Stereo” you utilize this adjective, too hardly ever used: “pleased”…

Once more, I need to supply a bubble of enjoyable and escape within the coronary heart of this world of brutes… Even when the music itself has its personal means of brutality. Stone. Punk additionally as a result of I grew up within the 80s, I crossed this stream, however within the present we undergo a whole lot of moments within the historical past of rock’n’roll. There are outdated rock requirements, pop classics, the Beatles for instance, however a minimum of half of the songs are originals, composed by the trio particularly for Stereo

As work references you had a number of motion pictures…

Sure, which I requested my group about. For instance, Cease being logical by Jonathan Demme, round a Speaking Heads live performance, as a result of I appreciated his thought of ​​a present that begins minimally and progressively builds as much as turn out to be increasingly spectacular. Ultimately, it is not fairly what I did, however I stored the concept of ​​the climb (including a descent). I requested the group to observe too Ghost of Paradise, by Brian de Palma for … the whole lot, truly: it’s a movie that made a deep impression on me when it was launched in 1974, it presents a splendid panorama of music, it talks about business, creation, it’s glam, most likely a bit kitsch at this time, however all the time nice! I additionally recorded an infinite day, for the relation to time, to repetition. It is a very unusual expertise all of us had with the confinement which this time was generally widened, generally contracted, generally even frozen… After which I used to be additionally within the impression of “déjà vu”…

Remember the humor, additionally current in your work, or a minimum of the smile…

Sure, and I feel this is likely one of the most necessary parts to have enjoyable! Moreover, not many people placed on humorous dance exhibits when it is important to me! I’ve to have enjoyable, I’ve to snigger, in my exhibits! From this viewpoint I could also be a easy individual however I handle to make it occur! Nevertheless it’s a sure type of humor, not too greasy I assume.

However truly, dance and visible humor, in different phrases burlesque, the supply is identical: it is the gesture…

Absolute ! To see The youngsters of paradise, which clearly exhibits the great thing about the theater of gesture, which isn’t removed from dance. Younger, I used to be in mime Marceau’s faculty, he mentioned that the dancer all the time tries to rise within the air, to fly away, whereas the mime is anchored within the floor, in relation to the weather! Personally I feel that each one that is complementary, that you shouldn’t refuse any method, all types will be blended!

And that is what you all the time do: mixing and breeding, on the lookout for the overall present!

I do with what I’ve. I work with folks and I select abilities based mostly on the colour I need. So there’s rock, a really vibrant power. We would have liked the appropriate folks and by selecting them we uncover that so-and-so can play saxophone too, so-and-so can be a composer, so-and-so has a lovely voice, so-and-so nonetheless is aware of how you can skateboard… And me, i take advantage of all of them.

Would not life inform you you are proper: the partition is ineffective, the worldwide, the hybrid, is already at work, it simply must be revealed?

I do not know… The whole lot is correct, as a result of it is also incredible, a military of beauties performing an ideal ballet, the place the whole lot is linear. There may be additionally much more viewers for that! However after all we are able to combine the whole lot and we will not deny ourselves that! (laughs) However it’s important to do issues proper, work again and again to search out the best form…

Some say that the epitome of the overall present is the musical that’s at the moment making a comeback…

I am not far there… however I do not need to brag as a result of we have not premiered but, I do not know if I’ve achieved what I need! My nostril is glued to what I am doing now, and I’ve virtually no distance… and time. As a result of working exterior is great, however gentle is our enemy: you possibly can solely work in the dead of night and there it contracts once more. Anyway, for the exhibits, so long as we movie them, they’re unfinished. So there, in Montpellier, you’ll witness the start of the undertaking. I hope she seems lovely!

Would not you wish to direct a musical?

I would love. However I would wish a producer, and I haven’t got one. I labored on a number of musical comedy tasks that by no means got here to fruition. For numerous causes. Primarily as a result of I am a extremely dangerous vendor! But when there’s one final undertaking I would love to do in my life, it is a musical. There I am engaged on a musical comedy undertaking the place I am only a choreographer, it fits me nicely, what issues is that I can put my foot down on it.

“Stereo” on the opening of the forty second dance pageant of Montpellier, Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 and Monday 20 June, at 10 pm, on the Théâtre de l’Agora, Montpellier. €5 to €45. 04 67 60 83 60.

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