Research presentations

07.02.19 — 14:00

CN D Pantin

Seventeen research and notation projects benefitted from a dance research and heritage grant in June 2017. Here, researchers and notators present the current state of their work. Exploring aesthetics as varied as classic Khmer dance, the Sega Tipik of Mauritius, contemporary dances (Gourfink, Wampach, de Nercy/Dizien), some deepen our knowledge of historical dances while others explore the geographies and stratigraphies of dance. From Sacre #2 after Nijinski to Nazirkom, a comic Uyghur dance, these projects cast light on certain aspects and interests in the research into modern dance, in all its aesthetic, historical and geographical heterogeneity: from the infernal ballets of Jean-Philippe Rameau to the question of archiving in the form of a reactivation or reasoned inventory of collections (Francine Lancelot, Wilfride Piollet and Jean Guizerix, Deborah Hay, DD Dorvillier), from the original encounter between François Malkovsky and Pierre Conté to the study of the archives of the notator Conté and the university professor Robert Crang, while taking in a reflexion situated in acts within a transitional space, the threshold and the trace.


Genealogy of a somatic thought and choreographic heritage
Julie Nioche, Fabienne Compet and Géraldine Gourbe
Based on the postulate that somatic practices are limited to warming-up and are thus a sort of “dark continent” in the choreographic heritage of modern dance history, this research offers a methodology to explore the connections binding together somatic practices, creation, pedagogical practice and choreographic experimentation, intimate sensations and danced movements.

Roc in Lichen and vertical support, an original space of exploration
Laura de Nercy, Bruno Dizien, Mercedes Fazio Susana, Joanne Clavel and Dominique Brunet
In its inauguration, the dancer-performers Laura de Nercy and Bruno Dizien approached this work on the vertical dimension on the rocks of the forest of Fontainebleau, which has since become the site for an intense bodily investigation. This experience led to a research project lasting fifteen years, giving rise to a singular choreographic writing.

Use of the terrain: research placed around spatiality in dance
Rémy Héritier and Léa Bosshard
How to use space to convoke a time that transcends us?
By basing themselves on certain notions such as the trace, threshold, witness and relative space, this laboratory, or “essay of preventive archaeology” on a place in transition, invites artists and researchers to transform a singular site, the Sadi-Carnot stadium in Pantin, into an in situ research and work studio.

A Catalogue of Steps by DD Dorvillier: practices of documentation and archiving
DD Dorvillier and Myrto Katsiki
A set of three hundred fragments from videographs of choreographic works created by DD Dorvillier in New York between 1990 and 2004, A Catalogue of Steps crosses performance, research and the question of archiving via a reactivation of these fragments, classified according to an invented taxonomy. So as to identify their specificities, this project aims at discovering “what remains to be seen”.