Michèle Noiret

Michèle Noiret

 

Biography

Dancer/choreographer


Michèle NoiretThe choreographer Michèle Noiret joined Maurice Béjart's Mudra School in 1976, where she studied for three years. It was there she met Karlheinz Stockhausen, who spoke to her in 1977 about a project for a solo dance performance incorporated into his music. After leaving Mudra, she went on to study the composer's system for the notation of gestures, and worked with him as a soloist for 15 or so years. This collaboration gave rise to three works. Forming part of the Donnerstag aus Licht opera, the three acts were performed together for the first time in 1981 at La Scala, Milan, with Luca Ronconi as director and Gae Aulenti as set and costume designer. It was next produced in 1985, at London's Covent Garden, with Michaël Bogdanov and Maria Bjornson.

After meeting Pierre Droulers in 1981, Michèle Noiret worked on several projects, including La Jetée (1983). She set off to explore the New York dance scene in 1982, where she was suitably impressed with the members of the Trisha Brown dance company and their "contact improvisation". On her return to Belgium she set up her own company in 1986, creating and interpreting the solo La Crevêche, and a duo with the same name with Jean-Christian Chalon. At the same time, she continued to tour throughout the world with Karlheinz Stockhausen, performing pieces from the Donnerstag aus Licht opera. Comprising eight soloists – singers, musicians and dancers - this concert version of the work was produced in various cities, including France (Fondation Maeght in St Paul-de-Vence, Paris Autumn Festival, Salzburg Festival), Warsaw, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro. The work is used a great deal to teach the composer's system of notation.

Michèle Noiret's chorographical skills became increasingly prominent as underscored by the solo Vertèbre (1989), Louisiana Breakfast (1990), danced and choreographed with Bud Blumenthal, with whom she worked for a dozen or so years, L’Espace Oblique (1991), Avna (1992), Tollund (1994), Les Plis de la nuit (1996), which for first time incorporated filmed images, Paysage promenade and Hisolo (1997). These were followed up by Solo Stockhausen (1997), which Michèle Noiret performed to the accompaniment of Stockhausen's Tierkreis score, as a tribute to the composer, and En Jeu (1998), where she and the composer Todor Todoroff investigated the opportunities offered by the interactive technologies of sound. Accepting Geneviève Druet's invitation in the year 2000 to become choreographer in residence at the Théâtre des Tanneurs in Brussels, she created In Between (2000) and Twelve Seasons (2001), while enlisting the aid of Paolo Atzori for the  images and interactive set designs and Todor Todoroff for the sound. She joined forces with Todor Todoroff again in 2002, plus the videomaker Fred Vaillant, to produce a project with a long-term legacy: "Prospectives" (2002-2004), which intensified the investigation into the decomposition of space and the incorporation of interactive sound and image technologies. This process gave rise to three works: Mes jours et mes nuits (2002), Sait-on jamais ? (2003) and Territoires intimes (2004), as opportunities for asserting an innovative choreographic language, while developing fresh complementary relationships between dance and technologies. She joined forces with the same team in 2005 to create Les Familiers du labyrinthe, at the request of Brigitte Lefèvre, the Paris National Opera's Director of Dance. This work for 15 dancers also involved Alain Lagarde as set and costume designer. Xavier Lauwers has been responsible for the company's lighting designs since 1989.

She met the film director Thierry Knauff in 2002 and went on to produce two films with him: Solo (2004) and à Mains Nues (2006), described as cinematic, choreographic and musical poems.

Next on the list of achievements was Chambre blanche (2006), a restrained, pared-down piece for female dancers. An associate artist since the 2006-2007 season with Belgium's Théâtre National, managed by Jean-Louis Colinet, she created Les Arpenteurs (2007), a production for seven dancers and the six musicians of the Percussions de Strasbourg, with original music composed by François Paris. Now, in 2007, she is reunited with Fred Vaillant and Todor Todoroff in De deux points de vue (2007), a duo for dancers from the Ballet de Nancy, where she relies on state-of-the-art interactive tools to develop a cinematic dance which takes us into the depths of the human being. In DEMAIN (2009), multiform choreographic piece for four assistants, one cameraman and a dancer, Michèle Noiret loans out her body to a character gripped by the unacceptable in the world. Her questions, her revolt, her interior life and her sensitive sensuality are at the heart of this choreography, which weaves through the various scenic writings. This performance has been awarded the Theatre-Dance critics prize of the French Community of Belgium for the best dance performance of the 2008/2009 season.

In July 2010, she was commissioned by Bernard Foccroulle to write La primultime rencontre for the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. In 2010 Michèle Noiret also presented Minutes opportunes, a collaboration with dancers Dominique Godderis, Filipe Lourenço, Igor Shyshko, Lise Vachon and assistants Dominique Duszynski and Marion Ballester. In this piece for four dancers, she continues her investigations into moving spaces and temporal distortions, exploring suspense and humour from a new perspective. That was followed in May 2011 by Hôtel Folia, a piece, commissioned by Frédéric Flamand, for 10 dancers of the Ballet National de Marseille. Michèle Noiret also wrote a short solo for Thomas Lebrun, part of Six Order Pieces, danced by the choreographer and presented at Rencontres chorégraphique internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis. In the piece Hors-champ, Michèle Noiret continues to deepen the ties between performing arts and cinema through the question : “a hallucinatory reality?”. In 2014, the choreographer will immerse herself in the work for a new creation, which she will dance as a solo. Long-time present in her work, the theme of the labyrinth will become the principle subject of the new piece. Production in progress.

Michèle Noiret is associated artist at Théâtre National de la Communauté française de Belgique, in Brussels, and member of the Académie royale de Belgique.

 




Creations 1986-2014


2011

> Six Order Pieces, Michèle Noiret has choreographied a short solo for Thomas Lebrun's project Six Order Pieces created at Rencontres chorégraphique internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, in May 2011
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Hotel Folia, creation for 10 dancers of the Ballet on 6 and 7 May 2011 at the Opéra de Marseille, commissioned by Frédéric Flamand, director of the Ballet National de Marseille.

2010
> Minutes opportunes, piece created in November 2010 in close collaboration with the dancers Dominique Godderis, Filipe Lourenço, Igor Shyshko, Lise Vachon and the assistants Marion Ballester and Dominique Duszynski. Here Michèle Noiret continues her investigations into moving spaces and temporal distortions, exploring suspense and humour from a new perspective.
> La Primultime rencontre, choreographic solo created and danced by Michèle Noiret, as a prologue to the opera Un retour by Oscar Strasnoy, commissioned by Bernard Foccroulle, director of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
2009
In DEMAIN, multiform choreographic piece for four assistants, one cameraman and one dancer, Michèle Noiret loans out her body to a character gripped by the unacceptable in the world. Her questions, her revolt, her interior life and her sensitive sensuality are at the heart of this choreography, which weaves through the various scenic writings. The video production is by Aliocha Van der Avoort, music is by the composers Todor Todoroff and Stevie Wishart, set design and costumes are by Alain Lagarde. It has been awarded the Theatre-Dance critics prize of the French Community of Belgium for the best dance performance of the 2008/2009 season.
2007
> Les Arpenteurs, project for 7 dancers and 6 percussionnists, will gather Michèle Noiret, the six musicians of the Percussions de Strasbourg, the composer François Paris and the scenographer Alain Lagarde, with the common idea to bind choreographic construction and musical creation. The performance will be coproduced by La Monnaie/De Munt and the Théâtre National in Brussels.
> Michèle Noiret, Todor Todoroff and Fred Vaillant press on, in De deux points de vue, with their investigation of the potential complementary relationship between movement, sound and image. Two dancers from Ballet de Lorraine interpret a duo incorporating various systems for capturing movement.
2006
Chambre blanche. Indefinable place, impossible to reach, Chambre blanche becomes the scenery in wich bodies of the four dances reinvent the world, the place in wich space is sculpted by gesture. This performance has been awarded the Theatre-Dance critics prize of the French Community of Belgium for the best dance performance of the 2006/2007 season.
2005
Les Familiers du Labyrinthe. This creation designed for the dancers of the Ballet was commissioned by Madame Brigitte Lefèvre, dance director of the Paris Opera. The premiere has been held at the Palais Garnier and has been performed throughout the month of February 2005, sharing the evenings with the choreographers Suzanne Linke and Laura Scozzi. Michèle Noiret is accompanied by her long-time artistic collaborators: the composer Todor Todoroff, the video artist Fred Vaillant and the lighting engineer Xavier Lauwers, whereas she will encounter the world of the French scenographer and costume designer Alain Lagarde for the first time.
2004
Territoires intimes. This performance is loosely based on Virginia Woolf’s novel “The Waves”. Six human beings, six interior monologues whose solitary curves meet and intermingle. The lighting, projected images and soundscapes intensify each character’s innermost feelings and diffract them to multiply the echoes of their presence.
2003
Sait-on jamais?, duet interpreted by Michèle Noiret and Sarah Piccinelli. In this piece nourrished by Andreï Tarkovski’s work, the choreographer, together with her artistic collaborators (Todor Todoroff and Fred Vaillant) hones the sensitive area of how dance and technology might interact.
2002
Mes jours et mes nuits, interactif solo interpreted by Michèle Noiret. Inspired by a poem by her father, Joseph Noiret and working very closely with her co-creators on sound (Todor Todoroff) and image (Fred Vaillant), the choreographer continues to explore the field of new interactives technologies.
2001
Twelve Seasons, work for 6 dancers and 3 musicians. Following on In Between, the choreorapher continues her exploration into the poetic resources offered by technology. At its core is Tierkreis (signs of the zodiac) for clarinet, flute and piccolo, trumpet and piano, by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
2000
In Between, work for 4 dancers including the choreographer, the video director/architect Paolo Atzori and the sound engineer/composer Todor Todoroff. A reflection upon the concept of the imaginary with an interactive approach to new sound and image technologies.
1998
<En Jeu>, work for 6 dancers. Todor Todoroff's original score serves to broaden the investigation into the spatialisation and interaction of sound in relation to the choreographic structure.
1997

> Paysage/Promenade, short piece for 4 dancers on music by Luc Ferrari.
> Solo Stockhausen, solo created and interpreted by Michèle Noiret on Tierkreis, a musical piece by the German composer, Karlheinz Stockhausen, the starting point of the project Twelve Seasons (2001).
> Hisolo, solo for the Spanish dancer Emilio Gutiérrez, who performed before in Les Plis de la Nuit.

1996

Les Plis de la nuit, creation for 5 dancers exploring the use of film on stage, inspired by the works of the Belgian engraver Maurice Pasternak.

1994
> Tollund, duet performed by Michèle Noiret and Bud Blumenthal. Music composed by the American, Garrett List, who performed it live with a trio of musicians.
> Commission : Langage secret, in collaboration with Akarova. A one-off performance at La Biennale de Charleroi/Danses.
1993
Avna, duet performed by Michèle Noiret and Karine Ponties.
1992
Commission : Poussière d'Ocre, piece for 10 dancers for Dansgezelschap Reflex, Groningen (The Netherlands).
1991
L'Espace Oblique, work for 4 dancers, inspired by a text by Joseph Noiret and by drawings by Wilfried Wiegand, with a complex and mobile stage design.
1990
> Louisiana Breakfast, duet created and performed with Bud Blumenthal.
> Commission : Chassé-Croisé, piece for 6 dancers for the Ballet Royal de Wallonie.
1989
Vertèbre, solo created and danced by Michèle Noiret.
1987
La Crevêche, follow-up as a duet, created and performed with Jean-Christian Chalon.
1986
La Crevêche, solo inspired by a text by her father, Joseph Noiret, “Histoires Naturelles de la Crevêche”.

 

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