Research presentations

14.02.19 — 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.


Catalogue raisonné of the writings of Deborah Hay
Laurent Pichaud
This catalogue aims at bringing together all the writings of this artist who integrated text into her choreographic process (five books, twenty scores, as many articles, texts for lectures), by bringing into play some of the questions which are specific to dance research: “What are the particularities of choreographic writing?”, “what will the dance convey?”…

The archives of Robert Crang, notator
Sophie Jacotot, Simone Clamens-Crang and Marina Nordera
This project aims at shedding light on the archives of Robert Crang (1932-2014) whose activity helped to introduce dance studies into French university programmes. It focuses in particular on a study of the setting-up of courses examining the writing of movement as elaborated by Pierre Conté, thus articulating theory and practice, teaching and research, while integrating contributions from several other disciplines (musicology, ethno-anthropology, history…).

Notation d’Amas by Myriam Gourfink, piece for eight dancers
Amandine Bajou
After an extract from Une lente mastication then the Almasty solo (one hour), thanks to a total immersion of the body, the Notation d’Amas, a piece for eight dancers, deepens the exploration of the richness of Myriam Gourfink’s choreographic approach, including the great precision required from the performers, and the extreme finesse of execution.

Notation de Battement by David Wampach
Valeria Giuga
The project Notation de Battement, a twenty-five minute piece that examines the significative quality of the “grand battement”, that emblematic movement in classical dance, and which occurs in silence, provides a chance to examine a case study of a Labanian application of the notion of “ad lib”.