"The inner backgrounds" referred to by the Belgian poet Henri Michaux reveal unsuspected depths. With De deux points de vue, Michèle Noiret forges on with her investigation of these inner universes. This involves a duo where a man and a woman are caught up in a strange way in a relationship beyond words. The cinematic dance she succeeds in creating enables her to dive beneath the surface to reach deep down, to drill into the inner being, into the experience of the body, under the skin.
Todor Todoroff's musical language is focused on creating relationships that bring together the movements captured and the parameters governing the synthesis, the transformation and the spatialization of the sound. These real-time sections, where the dancers are also called upon to interpret the music, are a response to the electroacoustic compositions recorded in the studio, creating an interface between the near and the far away, the clear and the indefinable, the real and the imaginary.
These images are incorporated into Philippe Hekkers's stage design to help invest De deux points de vue with a "cinematic dance" dimension. The time-honoured silver screens have disappeared and the projections are dissolved into matter so the setting can offer acontinually changing experience. All the images that are projected are taken by live cameras dotted about the stage where they accomplish various tasks, such as seeking out a detail so it can be amplified or expressing a subjective vision. A video can be used in real time by a computer and react to the sensor data, while creating an abstract visual display to invest the performance with an array of lighting effects. Fred Vaillant's delicate and precise video expertise is skilfully deployed to interact with the movements of the dancers. The performers in turn react to the projected images, while playing with these new "realities".
This spectrum of technical resources is never allowed to usurp the role of the human being, who is always of central importance in any choreographic work by Michèle Noiret. She is more concerned with helping the individual to become aware of other dimensions of being, thoughts that lie more below the surface and attitudes that are less conscious. These new technologies also help to widen the scope of the choreographic narrative and the strange relationship uniting the dancer Florence Viennot and her partner Christophe Béranger, both members of the Ballet de Nancy. It is as if the performers have "melted" into a universe whose boundaries are being constantly stretched. The images become the dream-like extension of the choreographic characters, while their movements activate and manipulate the projections and the sounds, which are deformed and suspended so that time is altered and the realities become blurred. The two points of view are transformed into multiple perceptions and desires.
The music of "De deux points de vue" has obtained a mention at the Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, in the category "works fo danse or theater" in June 2009.
Cast & credits
Scenic writing and choreography Michèle Noiret
Assistant Compagnie Michèle Noiret Dominique Godderis & Lise Vachon
Assistant CCN Jarmo Pentilla
Interpretation Christophe Béranger and Florence Viennot
Video creation Fred Vaillant
Video technician Thierry Louis
Conception and programmation of video's interactions Fred Vaillant
Original music Todor Todoroff
Sound technician Bruno Billaudeau
Conception and programmation of sound's interactions Todor Todoroff
Lighting designer Xavier Lauwers
Lighting technician Olivier Bauer
Scenography Philippe Hekkers
Costumes Martine Augsbourger and Phaly Yoeurng
Thanks to Matthieu Guénégou, Isael Mata and Lise Vachon, dancers of Compagnie Michèle Noiret,
for their contribution.
Co-production CCN – Ballet de Lorraine • Compagnie Michèle Noiret / Tandem asbl • L’Autre Canal • le manège.mons/CECN • le manège.maubeuge • le manège.mons/Centre Dramatique • TechnocITé.
With the support of the Ministère de la culture de la Communauté française de Belgique Wallonie-Bruxelles dans le cadre de Luxembourg 2007 Capitale européenne de la Culture, du CGRI, du programme Interreg 3 co-financé par le FEDER.
With the support of ARTE Belgique.
Le CCN – Ballet de Lorraine is subsided by le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, la Direction régionale des Affaires Culturelles de Lorraine, le Conseil Régional de Lorraine, la ville de Nancy. L’Autre Canal est un Etablissement Public de Coopération Culturelle regroupant l’Etat / le Ministère de la Culture / la Direction régionale des Affaires Culturelles de Lorraine, le Conseil Régional de Lorraine et la Ville de Nancy.
Michèle Noiret is member of the Académie royale de Belgique.