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Dance and Performance

Performance is at the heart of this Biennale edition. Learn more and discover the shows.

 

Things to see

 

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Does it hurt? Well, good. Confronting one of Lloyd Newson’s shows is like being hammered by reality on stage. It’s called verbatim theatre. On the programme: interviews set to body and movement, and maximum discomfort.

In 1988, for Newson’s maiden American performance, the New York Times headlined: “The Sex Pistols of dance, or just about”. The “just about” is likely due to the Australian roots of the choreographer, who has become a central figure in British contemporary dance. Twenty-five years later, nothing seems to derail Lloyd Newson’s physical and extremely fullon theatre. The starting-point for his latest piece? Fifty men talk about love, sex and their private struggles. Once again, the piece will likely scour eyes and consciences clean. His raw material is interviews. Eighty-five voices were questioned for To Be Straight With You (2007), a sharp-edged show about homophobia in the UK; ditto for Can We Talk About This? (2011), a disturbing statement on Western values put to the test by multiculturalism. This, then, is quasi-documentary work. And when you look closer, the interview is where it all began for the young Australian, who took a degree in psychology and social work before the exercise fused with body and dance for good. A few performing experiences and frustrations later, Newson wanted to cut loose from the period’s formalistic dogmas. The deed was done in 1986 when he set up his company DV8 – as in “deviate”. He would change course and restore meaning to dance. Each of his themes delivered uppercuts: old age, disability, foreigners, homosexuality. Dominators and dominated. And with the issue of masculinity rarely far away. Very quickly, the material of verbatim theatre imposed itself. The power of dance heightened by the power of words, and vice versa – thus immediately placing this exponent of Bausch-esque discomfort astride theatre and dance. On stage: restless movement, archive footage, news videos, personal accounts, and sometimes even diagrams and charts – to be didactic and clear, and thus harder-hitting. Ultimately, there is one constant: the depiction of reality on stage. Politeness will have to wait...

Maison de la Danse

Dates et horaires

  • Wed 10 Sep19:30
  • Thu 11 Sep20:30
  • Fri 12 Sep20:30
  • Durée : 85 min environ

Plein tarif

  • 1re série 29€
  • 2° série 25€

Tarif réduit

  • 1re série 26€
  • 2° série 22€

Abonnement

  • CatégorieA
  • Dans l'abonnement Maison de la Danse

We advise spectators that, for technical reasons, no latecomers will be admitted to the auditorium.

Piece for 10 dancers — 2014 — Run time 1h25

Conception / Mise en scène : Lloyd Newson
Scénographie / Costumes : Anna Fleischle — Lumières : Richard Godin — Conception sonore : Gareth Fry
Accueil : Maison de la Danse, Biennale de la danse

Coproduction National Theatre of Great Britain, Biennale de la danse de Lyon, Théâtre de la Ville et Festival d’Automne - Paris, Dansens Hus - Stockholm, Dansens Hus - Oslo. Avec le soutien de Arts Council England.

Photo © Ben Hoper

To be explored

 

Lecture

Performative dances: deframed French choreographies, 1990-2010.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Wed 17, 4 pm - Free Entry

Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre is Laurent Goumarre’s special guest for a conversation that’s open to the public. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 20, 2pm - Free entry

History

Performance: a history in commentary and images. This lecture, open to all, offers a journey through the history of performance with video excerpts enriched by commentaries. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Fri 19, 6pm - Free entry

Cinema

Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present by Matthew Akers. A retrospective of her work which will be the opportunity for Abramović to answer the  question she is constantly asked: how is this art?

Cinéma Le Comoedia
Sun 21, 11.15am – Single price: €4.80

DVD

An event around the DVD Anna Halprin, Danser sa vie,  just released in France. An invitation to discover the career of this wonderful dancer through a historical presentation, screenings, and an exploration of the body. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 27, 5.30pm - Free entry

Frigo Group

Performance art was one of the forms of artistic action produced by the Frigo group in Lyon in the 1980s. The Biennale has invited the players in that adventure to comment on a screening of their major performances of the time. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Sat 13 at 2pm

To be experienced

 

Ambra Senatore

Asta, an auction
Performance: Ambra holds an auction of everyday acts. The winning bidder will have their purchase performed at their home by Ambra Senatore.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Thu 18, 12.30-2.30pm

Free entry 

 

Les Thermes

France Distraction - Living installation

A swimming pool filled with 25,000 black balls. On each ball, inscriptions borrowed from the Stoics. All you need to do is dive in, for a perfectly
literal immersion in a “big bath of morality”. A philosophical yet highly entertaining experience.

Café Danse - Palais du commerce
Wed 10, 17 and 24 and Sat 13 and 27, 1-5pm

Free entry, unlimited experimentation (subject to space)

Sat 20 at 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
Experiment assisted by Julien Fournet and Alice Popieul.

Free entry, booking required at ticket office

Thu 18 and Fri 19
Assisted experimentation, for schools only (booking required)