2022 Thematic retrospective: Let’s Dance!
Since its beginnings, dance has had a light cast upon it by the seventh art, the pioneers of cinema having all used it (the Lumière brothers, Méliès, Alice Guy, Pathé). What could be more natural? Cinema and dance have the distinctiveness of questioning and constantly renewing our relationship to space and time through movement.
These short films on the subject of dance offer surprising, personal, dramatic, funny, sometimes nervous or even explosive points of view. This retrospective provides an eclectic overview of all dance styles and their origins.
Many choreographers have been called upon for this retrospective because of their notable work with dance as well as their interest in cinema and the image (Yoann Bourgeois, Philippe Découflé, Oona Doherty, EN-KNAP, Jann Gallois, Mourad Merzouki, Mathilde Monnier, José Montalvo…).
Many types of dance are also represented: contemporary dance, classical dance, modern dance, ballroom dance, acrobatic dance, African dance, Korean dance, hip hop, break dance, krump, aerobics, tap dance, disco, electro, jazz, rock’n’roll, tango, sexxy dance. We dance for an artistic practice, to meet people, to talk, to get together, to have fun, to let off steam, to keep in shape. Everyone has their reasons to dance and they are all personal, different, intimate. But if we look at this retrospective, in the midst of all these motivations, there is an apparently persistent recurrence – these films and dances are ways to fight, protest, advocate, and demand.
We think of this Afghan exile in Greece, who uses dance as a means of social integration (Journey Without a Map by Jill Woodward).
We think of these three sisters, welded like the fingers of one hand against an evil authoritarianism (Sisters by Daphne Lucker).
We think of Rodney King, on March 3, 1991, in Los Angeles and all that it triggered, and which resonates strongly in the dance of these young people of Oakland, on this tune by Jean-Philippe Rameau (Les Indes galantes by Clément Cogitore).
We think of this Irish dancer, whose movements and body express an anger deeply rooted in her working class origins in Belfast (Welcome to a Bright White Limbo, a documentary by Cara Holmes about Oona Doherty).
We think of these Slovenian dancers, who, like a film by Ken Loach, find reason for the industrial history of another era and whose decline plunged many countries into recession (Vashava by Saso Podgorsek).
We think of those children in Bronx between the ages of 14 and 25 who were murdered (Never Twenty One by the collective Racine), especially since George Floyd death.
The ambition of this retrospective is to lead the viewer to the discovery of movement which, in its own way, will put our relationship to our body, to our emotions, and to the world around us into perspective.
Dance is a means of expression, a way of making the body speak, to express itself or even to release suffering, exorcise demons. Pina Bausch’s mantra, “Dance, dance or we are lost”, has never been so true, especially in these times when we have lived through confinement and rather peculiar social relations, to say the least.
So join us for an enchanted break in the heart of winter and let’s vibrate together to the rhythm of the films we have selected! As La Fontaine once said, “You sang? I’m delighted! Now off you go and dance!”
THE DANCE RETROSPECTIVE AT A GLANCE
4 programmes featuring 35 films. The opportunity to rediscover, among others, Le P’tit bal by Découflé, a restored copy of Tanghi Argentini by Guido Thys, or the most recent Zombies by Baloji.
1 “Collections” programme, with the films of (LA)HORDE, a collective at the head of the Marseilles ballet, composed by Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel.
A first exhibition outside the walls of unpublished photographs conceived in collaboration with the Centre National de la Danse (with the works of Ricardo Suanes, Marion-Valentine and Jean-Marie Gourreau) will be displayed at the Chapelle des Cordeliers (Clermont-Ferrand).
Also at the Chapelle des Cordeliers, a second exhibition called You’ve got the power! proposed by Dan.Cin.Lab (festival of cinema, dance and society), which will invite its visitors to question themselves on different societal issues through an immersive journey.
And lastly, the traditional collective exhibition of Clermont’s artists will be held as usual in René-Cassin Hall in the Hotel du Département and will be called Danseurs & Toiles.