Palimpseste Solo

Palimpseste solo
Solo Stockhausen (1997) recreated and danced by Michèle Noiret

Avant-première > 12 May 2014 / Scène Nationale 61, Alençon.
French premiere > 15 May 2014 / Festival Atlantide / Le Lieu Unique, Scène Nationale de Nantes.
Belgian premiere > 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 October 2014 > Les Brigittines, Brussels.

Palimpseste is based on the idea that one can create a new work by rereading an old piece and building upon the work already done. As in the palimpsest, one can make out the old beneath the new.

At the time of its first production in 1997, Solo Stockhausen sprung from the desire to understand and discover the traces and the influence on my choreographic composition, of the work done with the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who I met very early in my career, while also paying homage to him. I had performed this solo around fifty times by the time I met the filmmaker Thierry Knauff in October 2001. This meeting gave rise to two films, including Solo in 2004.

Solo is an adaptation of the dance first performed in 1997.

Now I am returning to the live performance, this time basing myself on the 2004 film and adapting it for the stage. In doing so, I am creating a sort of palimpsest, in which the old traces of the live performance and the film will be absorbed, incorporated and reimagined in a new version.

Basing myself on the film to re-examine the live performance is part of my artistic approach, whereby the relations between choreography and cinema are sources of constant inspiration, both in terms of style and substance, in what they share and what sets them apart. The fact that this solo “underwent” a film adaptation prompted me to reimagine it on the stage.

Getting these two art forms to resonate together is something that fills me with passion and encourages me not to allow my relations with choreography to congeal in the live performance.

Michèle Noiret
Brussels, June 2013



Various propositions – solo, duo, films and a danced conference – can be presented in an original evening, in association
with the venues and in line with their programmes. Content of the various programmes:

• An evening in which Palimpseste solo and the film Solo (2004) by film director Thierry Knauff is followed by a meeting with the audience.
• A cinema evening presenting two films Thierry Knauff has made with the choreographer: Solo and à Mains Nues.
• A danced conference, which recounts the meeting the choreographer had with the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and
the gestural notation he devised. This conference sheds new light on Palimpseste solo, its genesis and development; it can be presented on its own or together with one of the forms presented above.
• The two pieces, Palimpseste solo and Palimpseste #1 duo, are also available for tour with two musicians on stage, a pianist and a clarinettist.