Joëlle Bouvier and Régis Obadia, Words on Dance

Centre national de danse contemporaine d'Angers – L'Esquisse

From 1980 to 1998, Joëlle Bouvier and Régis Obadia have been a couple choreographers of Major influence on the French world of modern dance. Thei adventure was marked by two important stages in contemporary dance: the Centre chorégraphique national in Le Havre in 1986 and then the Centre national de danse contemporaine in Angers, until the couple broke up in 1998.

In this documentary which juxtaposes interviews and excerpts from their shows, Joëlle Bouvier and Régis Obadia explain how they could "re- tame" the world of dance after rejecting it at first, which was necessary according to them. Their artistic evolution was influenced by shocking experiences: Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham, Ariane Mnouchkine, Francis Bacon, Dado and Jerzy Grotowski… Thanks to those relations, they could develop their own vision of the body and their desire to work with it. The body is presented on its purity and external elements are rare: lights, make-up, costumes and even music are reduced to their minimal expressions. They aim at centering their work on the human, without explicit message, only through bodies and their evolution on stage. They want to communicate, to create communication between bodies and with the public as well.

Joëlle Bouvier choreography
Régis Obadia choreography

Movie director : Jean-Michel Plouchard
Collections : Words on Dance: Portraits of French Choreographers, The Contemporary Ballet Scene
Music genre : Ballet

Duration : 26 min
Production date : 1997
Production : © INJAM production / Paris première

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