21 > 25.06.21
CN D Pantin
Dimitri Chamblas joined the dance school of the Paris Opera at the age of ten. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with the choreographers William Forsythe, Boris Charmatz, Mathilde Monnier and Benjamin Millepied. He co-founded the Edna association with choreographer Boris Charmatz in 1992. Together they created the duet À Bras-le-corps, which has been performed throughout the world and entered the Paris Opéra repertoire in 2018. He participated in the creation of Benjamin Millepied’s Los Angeles Dance Project. In 2015, he was appointed Artistic Director of the 3e Scène – Opéra national de Paris. Since 2017, he has been Dean of the School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His recent projects include a duet with rockstar Kim Gordon; Slow Show, a show questioning time for fifty performers; Crowd Out, an opera for 1,000 singers that he is directing at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Since 2019, he has been working on A_YARD, a piece created with a group of inmates from a maximum security prison in Los Angeles. His work has been presented at the Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Museum of contemporary art of Los Angeles, the Opéra national de Paris, Performa New York and the Louvre Museum, among other venues.
During this week of workshop-creation, Dimitri Chamblas proposes to work on writing a solo. The concepts of interdisciplinarity, transversality, collaboration between the arts and the decolonisation of practices will all feed into this work. Each participant will create their own self-portrait by combining dance and another element, another art: dance and technology, architecture and dance, dance and personal archives, fashion and dance, to name but a few, will provide the working material. Campers will share each step of the process with the group, through discussion: the conception of the project, the composition, the making, and the choices of spaces and devices. At the end of the workshop, each camper will have completed their own “solo portrait” to be presented to the public during an open studio session and for them to keep.