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April 17, Friday, 21:15, Rodina, Main Hall
Program R12: Together: Director+Choreographer – New in KINODANCE 2006-2008

Cartography 9 – Golden Ball (12min, 2008, Switzerland)
chor. Phillippe Saire
dir. Bruno Deville

A quiet haven hidden under a bridge in Lausanne, the bowling club of La Boule d'Or is home to a team of pensioners who join in a very strange game under the direction of a choreographer.

Philippe Saire was born in Algeria, where he spent the five first years of his life. His family moved to Lausanne (Switzerland), where he studied contemporary dance and in 1986 established his own dance company. The Company Cie Philippe Saire created 25 choreographic creations which they toured all over the world. Philippe Saire was awarded the Grand Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise for his contribution into developing contemporary dance. He also received the Prix d'Auteur of the 6th Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales for the piece “Etude sur la Légèreté” among other international awards.

Bruno Deville was born in 1976 in Belgium. Since 2000, Bruno directed films and performances in various formats – from ads for the shows of Maurice Béjart and music videos to shorts, medium-length fiction films and multimedia performances. Among his awards is Grand Prix from Locarno Film Festival for his 35 mm film “Viande”. In 2004, he took part in the first performance of “Eraritjaritjaka” by Heiner Goebbels, designing and directing the video part of the show, with which he toured worldwide, amongst others in Paris, New-York, Wellington, Rome, Berlin, Montreal, Quebec, Barcelona, Vienna and Moscow.

Danse Macabre (8min, 2008, Canada)
concept: Robert Lepage, original idea: AnneBruce Falconer
dir. Pedro Pires

“Danse Macabre” is a collaboration between the world famous thereatre director/choreographer Robert Lepage, dancer AnneBruce Flaconer and filmmaker Pedro Pires. For a period of time, while we believe it to be perfectly still, lifeless flesh responds, stirs and contorts in a final macabre. Are these spasms merely erratic motions or do they echo the chaotic twists and turns of a past life?

Robert Lepage is a multidisciplinary artist, displaying equal mastery of the roles of playwright, director, actor, and film-maker. Critically acclaimed around the world, he creates and stages original works that have shaken the dogma of classical stage direction to its foundations, notably through the use of new technology. Contemporary history is his source of inspiration, and his modern and unusual work transcends all boundaries. His work has received numerous awards, including recently the 2007 Europe Theatre Prize.

AnneBruce Falconer was born in Winnipeg in 1967. At the age of 13, she entered The Canadian Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Program. In 1987, she started her professional career at Contemporary Dancers under the direction of Tedd Robinson. AnneBruce Falconer has toured the world and has danced for numerous choreographers: Jean-Pierre Perreault, Catherine Tardif, Louise Bédard, Harold Rhéaume, Helene Blackburn, Margie Gillis, Bill Coleman, Dominique Dumas, Charmaine Leblanc, Estelle Clareton, and Lynda Gaudreau.

Pedro Pires was born in 1969 in Nantes, France from Portuguese parents. He grew up in Quebec City and studied Fine Arts at Laval University. He then obtained a “Special Make-Up Effects” certificate from the renowned Dick Smith in New York, and completed a computer graphic design certificate at the NAD in Montreal. He won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Visual Effects” and a Gemini Award for “Best Visual Effects” for The Sound of the Carceri by François Girard, where he recreated three dimensionally the fictitious prisons of Piranesi around the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In 2007, he founded his film production company, Pedro Pires Inc., dedicated to the creation of original content using digital technologies.

“Part-Time Heroes” (33 minutes, 2007, Austria)
dir: Mara Mattuschka
chor: Chris Haring

The search for fame’ s elevator goes up and down, the ego’s bust and boom. Each character in “Part Time Heroes“ gets a small chance to show that he or she alone is better at embodying that self, which is just as good as any other self. The film checks these beings, isolated through their hero competition, frivolous encounters slip in.

Cris Haring is a choreographer, dancer, and founder of Liquid Loft Dance Company who lives in Vienna. He worked with international companies such as DV 8 Physical Theatre (UK), Nikolais/Luis Dance Cie (USA), man act (UK), and others. In 1995 he founded the Grenztanz Festival at Cselley Mühle, Austria. In cooperation with multimedia artist and composer Klaus Obermaier he developed and performed the videodance performances D.A.V.E. and VIVISECTOR, both successfully shown all over Europe, Asia, USA and Australia. His production FREMDKOERPER, influenced by science fiction films, was nominated as "best performance“ at Biennale de la Danse in Lyon 2004. In 2007 the first his productiong “Posing Project B (The Art of Seduction)” won the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia.

The Austrian filmmaker and artist Mara Mattuschka was born in Sophia, Bulgaria in 1959. She was a math genius and at 17 moved to Austria. From 1977 to 1983, she studied ethnology and linguistics at the University of Vienna, subsequently painting and animation film at the Univerity for Applied Arts in Vienna. She works as film director, painter, singer and performance artist.. One of the particularities of her is the way she relates to her body. She often appears on camera herself as Mimi Minus, Madame Ping Pong, Mahatma Gobi. The other point of reference in her work is a persistent research of use of sound and music in experimental and Hollywood films. In her films she often reads narration, sings, shouts, always seaching for new ways to work with sound. She is considered one of the most influential artist in contemporary European avante-garde cinema.

Bare-Handed (28 minutes, 2006, Belgium)
dir: Thierry Knauff
chor: Michèle Noiret

“Bare-Handed” is a dance cinema poem inspired by the text of Joseph Noiret and his daughter Michèle’s choreography. With light and shadow as her partners, Ms. Noiret approaches the world created by her dance, confronts and captures it. She immerses herself in this world and eventually loses herself in it. In this way the rhythm of dance joins the pleasure of pure cinema in fluid, dream-like harmony.

The 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. 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 that she has directed since then.

Born in Kinshasa in 1957, Belgian filmmaker Thierry Knauff has been making features, documentaries and dance films for over twenty years. His films received numerous awards including Golden Gate Award (San Francisco Film Festival), Prix Italia (Music and Arts, Bologna), “Un Certain Regard” (Cannes Film Festival), Silver Hugo (Chicago International Film Festival) and many others. Among his films are “Wild Blue” (2000), “Baka” (1995), “Gbanga-Tita” (1994), “Anton Webern” (1991) and many others.

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