A l'Ouest


A l'Ouest

Dedicated to Marguerite Wylde (1950-2017)
Creation 2018 – First in région – 5 dancers and 1 percussionist.

Choreography : Olivia Grandville
Performers : Lucie Collardeau, Clémence Galliard, Tatiana Julien, Olivia Grandville et Sidonie Duret
Percussions : Pierre Loiseau
Musics : Alexis Degrenier, Moondog.
Sound production : Jonathan Kingsley Seilman
Régie son Lucas Pizzini
Lighting :  Yves Godin 
Concept : Yves Godin, Olivia Grandville
Costumes : Eric Martin
Images : Olivia Grandville

Olivia Grandville pays homage to the pow-wow, the spiritual and militant dance of a refuted culture, but one that is still alive: that of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.


Olivia Granville’s A L’Ouest took shape during a journey to the heart of the indigenous reserves in Quebec and New Mexico. However, the first idea for this piece was just as musical and sound orientated as it was choreographical. It resounds to this obstinate beat, the same one that fascinated the unclassifiable musician Moondog during an introduction to pow-wow, and which continues today to embody the resistance and spirituality of native peoples.

A L’Ouest  is a dance to a beat that is  both interval and obstinance, the primordial movement of the heart and humanity at work. This unique and hollow blow, light then hard, until the time the spirit comes and jangles the nerves. A l’Ouest is a dance in the here and now, the confirmation of a stubborn verticality, in suspense, that beats the ground when claiming it. Waterfalls, igloos and snowy landscapes are on the menu for this harsh and poetic evocation. The movement plays with pauses and suspensions, nebulous slowdowns and frenetic pulses. Five dancers hit the ground, whirl around, lend themselves to astonishing solos and then enter a hypnotic and wild dance that pulses to the sound of mysterious rhythms.

A l’Ouest is the revenge of time against the event and gives us another perception of time, as intense as life is short.


A message from Brigitte Lefevre

Olivia Grandville is a dancer and choreographer with a unique career, who has been able to risk leaving the Paris Opera to continue a great career. I am very touched by the loyalty she has shown to Dominique Bagouet, in being the origin of the Carnets Bagouet, and in reprising his works, particularly for the Paris Opera. She has become a choreographer of insatiable curiosity, producing erudite pieces full of humour and originality.


The choreographer

Olivia Grandville followed a classical dance education at the Paris Opera and joined the corps de ballet in 1981. Her natural disposition would lead her to performing the modern repertoire (particularly new French dance). In 1988, she decided to devote herself exclusively to modern dance and resigned from the Paris Opera to enter the Compagnie Dominique – Bagouet, where she would be the principle performer for this choreographer’s last creations. From 1993 to date, she has turned definitively towards creation with the company she founded: La Spirale de Caroline.

Textes et entretiens : Olivia Grandville
Remerciements pour leur coopération et leurs témoignages à Carl Seguin, Réjean Boutet, Malik Kistabish, Marguerite Wylde, Israël Wylde-McDougall, Katia Rock et Marie Léger.
Regard extérieur : Magali Caillet
Collaborations : Stéphane Pauvret, Aurélien Desclozeaux, Anne Reymann, Fabrice Le Fur
Remerciement à Amaury Cornut.
Administration, production : Christelle Dietzi
Développement et diffusion : Charles Eric Besnier (Bora Bora productions)

Mentions obligatoires
Production : La Spirale de Caroline
Co-productions : Le lieu unique, scène nationale de Nantes ; La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie ; la Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) ; le Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes ; de Charleroi danse, Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles ; le Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d’Angers.
Avec l’aide de l’ADAMI pour la création et pour la captation.
Avec les soutiens de la Ville de Nantes, du Département de Loire-Atlantique, de l’Institut Français et de l’Ambassade de France à Ottawa, Canada.

La Spirale de Caroline est soutenue par le Ministère de la Culture – Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles (Pays de la Loire) au titre du conventionnement et par la Ville de Nantes sur son fonctionnement.


7 december 2019

18h • Duration : 1h00
Théâtre Croisette
from 10€ to 22€
from 8 years old