19/20 OCTOBER. RUSTAVELI THEATRE 20.00
Compagnie Maguy Marin
with: Ulises Alvarez, Kaïs Chouibi, Laura Frigato, Daphné Koutsafti, Johanna Moaligou, Cathy Polo, Pierre Pontvianne, Ennio Sammarco, Marcelo Sepulveda Rossel, Véronique Teindas
original music Franz Schubert, Gilles de Binche, Gavin Bryars
costumes Louise Marin
lights Compagnie Maguy Marin
Compagnie Maguy Marin
Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil
La Compagnie Maguy
Marin is supported by Ministère de
la Culture et de la Communication
la Ville de Lyon la Région Rhône-Alpes and Institut français pour ses projets à l’étranger
Running time 1 hour
and 20 minutes
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Widely recognised as one of France's most innovative choreographers Maguy Marin was born in Toulouse in 1951 to Spanish Republican parents who came to France in 1938, fleeing the Spanish Civil War and Franco Regime. Marin acquired her dancing training in the Toulouse Conservatoire and then in Strasbourg. In 1970, she entered the Mudra school, created by Maurice Béjart in Brussels in order to work in collaboration with his troop, the Ballet du XXe siècle. Despite being a favoured soloist, Marin still left Béjart so that she could try her hand at choreography and indeed going beyond the rules set by ballet dancing to her vision. She totally transformed the French new wave dance scene and her work resonated internationally.
Today Maguy Marin continues to defy conventions with her unique creations. From the outset, her company has presented strong, disturbing works that break the established codes of dance and clearly reflect a movement grown out of a long history of social protest. Right away, she stood apart from the other choreographers of that period for her strong dance theatre aesthetics integrating the use of the voice, objects, sound, and music. Her company influenced its surrounding environment by exploring issues such as immigration or the disenfranchised, emphasising the catastrophic state of the world and the urgent need to wholeheartedly commit to real change.
Founded in 1984 in greater Paris, the Compagnie Maguy Marin soon became the Centre chorégraphique national (CCN) de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne. In 1998 Maguy Marin left the Paris region to assume the direction of the new CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape, Lyon, making powerful works that question the role of dance in society. Marin is now based in Lyon at Ramdam Art Center. A long time favoured French choreographer by Maurice Béjart, Rudolf Nureyev and Samuel Beckett, she visits our festival with her unique, timeless piece ‘MAY B’.