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Raphaël Cottin & Jean Guizerix / Cie Humaine


dedicated to the memory of Wilfride Piollet – Creation 2018

Choreography, concept : Raphaël Cottin, with the help of Jean Guizerix
Performers : Raphaël Cottin et Jean Guizerix
Lighting : Catherine Noden
Costumes : Catherine Garnier
Sound engineer : Emmanuel Sauldubois
Musics : Jean-Sébastien Bach, Erik Satie, Pierre Chériza, Maurice Ravel, traditional music
La voix de Wilfride Piollet, évoquant René Char, est extraite du documentaire Chemins croisés de danse réalisé par Marie-Élise Beyne et Micheline Lelièvre.
Administration : Lise Daynac

Jean Guizerix and Raphaël Cottin, two friends, two dancers and two generations, come together for a magnificent and touching pas de deux.


In 1986, Parallèle appeared, a work devoted to the principle duo Wilfride Piollet and Jean Guizerix. They demonstrated their joie de vivre, their love of dance and above all, gave dance a completely new image, abolishing the barriers between classical and modern, feet apart or in parallel. In the guise of paying homage to this breath of fresh air that Wilfride and Jean were blowing, Raphaël Cottin, their pupil, created Parallèles. An invitation to journey between these two titles, this duo that reunites Jean Guizerix and Raphaël Cottin is also a way to breathe new life into the research by Wilfride Piollet, and her famous “flexible barres” that would change the way dance is taught and the vision of classic technique. The duo, intelligently lead, avoids the generational pitfalls, to better follow the path from transmission to shared source: the poetry of René Char, the music of Bach, Satie and Ravel, Haitian drums, a traditional Breton song, Jean’s exercises, balls, Wilfride’s exercises, hints from the repertoire… Their meeting on stage reveals an invisible part of dance, made of subtle shifts, light decomposition and plays with movement. The ensemble, carried by the two performers, is wonderfully gripping, as fluid as a breath, as serene as a garden, an ode to the pleasure of dancing as a pair.


A message from Brigitte Lefevre

This is a great homage to a great artist, Wilfride Piollet, a delicate story of transmission between a master and her pupil, who has himself become a choreographer. This is why I wanted this piece to be presented at Scène 55, near to the Rosella Hightower International Dance Centre studios. This is a duo that I believe must be watched by young dancers, and one I am particularly fond of.


The choreographer

After studying at the CNSMDP where he met Wilfride Piollet and Jean Guizerix in particular, Raphaël Cottin danced Daniel Dobbels, Odile Duboc and Christine Gérard, and in 2008 joined the company of Thomas Lebrun, installed at the Tours CCN since 2012. As a choreographer, he has created eight pieces within his company La Poétique des Signes, including Buffet à vif in 2014 (with Pierre Meunier and Marguerite Bordat) and C’est une légende in 2017, two pieces created at the Avignon Festival. A teacher and specialist in scripting movement, he passes on the movement analysis in Labanotation and Wilfride Piollet’s Flexible Barres technique.

Jean Guizerix joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 1964 and was appointed principal dancer in 1972. Drawn by the dance of his time, he created Merce Cunningham’s Un Jour ou deux, formed part of the group Nureyev and Friends and took part in global creations by the greatest choreographers, often partnered by Wilfride Piollet, his wife since 1971. For 50 years he continued a career boasting numerous encounters and saw himself entrusted with several positions without, however, quitting the stage.

Legals mentions
Production La Poétique des Signes
Coproductions Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin, Centre chorégraphique national de Mulhouse, Centre chorégraphique national de Tours – direction Thomas Lebrun
Résidences : Studio l’Aire – Poissy, Les Deux îles – résidences d’artistes à Montbazon.
Subventions : DRAC Centre Val-de-Loire au titre de l’aide à la structuration, SPEDIDAM, Région Centre Val-de-Loire, Conseil départemental d’Indre-et-Loire, Ville de Tours.


12 december 2019

19h • Duration : 1h00
Scène 55 (Mougins)
from 10€ to 24€
+ free entry to the show Cie Humaine at 20h30
from 10 years old