Jean-Claude Gallotta, Words on Dance

Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble

Documentary on dancer and choreographer Jean-Claude Gallotta, eminent representative of the new French dance scene.

Jean-Claude Gallotta was born in Grenoble in 1950, and followed Merce Cunningham's teaching in New York City before creating the Emile-Dubois group with Mathilde Altaraz in 1979. With the Emile Dubois Group, he invented his most famous choreographies, such as Ulysse, Mammame, Docteur Labus and Trois générations.

The dance company soon became the Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, also known as MC2 today. Gallotta's dance pieces attach more importance to the dancers themselves rather than to the choreography. In 2009, he was news, with his interpretation of Gainsbourg's L'Homme à la tête de chou.

This documentary takes us behind the scenes of Docteur Labus's creation in 1987, by the Emile-Dubois group. The piece is about couples, from desire, to tenderness, without forget disappointment or even violence. It is made of four duos for men and women, and the choreographer tells us about the different steps and processes leading to the creation of the show.

Jean-Claude Gallotta choreography


Béatrice Warrand
Thierry Verger
Lysiane Magnet
Makram Hamdan
Annabelle Bonnery
William Patinot
Caroline Boureau
Yarmo
Jean-Claude Gallotta


Henry Torgue music
Serge Huppin music
Jean-Yves Langlais set designer, costumes
François Thouret lighting

Movie director : Jean-Michel Plouchard
Music genre : Ballet

Duration : 27 min
Production date : 1996
Production : © INJAM production / Paris première
Available version(s) : FR ST EN



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