CN D Magazine

#3 jun 23

Jean-Claude Gallotta, Alfresco:
Un chant presque éteint


Un chant presque éteint, Jean-Claude Gallotta, 1986

While dance can be lost quickly to the sands of time, there are multiple ways to keep works alive over time, from revivals to reinventions and screen adaptations. Intrigued by the desire several choreographers had expressed to revive past works from their repertoire, Jean-Paul Montanari, the director of Montpellier Danse, decided to explore the balance between new works and revivals throughout the 2023 edition of the festival, which opens on June 20.

The French choreographer Jean-Claude Gallotta will be there with Ulysse, grand large, a new version of his 1981 Ulysse, designed to be performed outdoors. In partnership with Numéridanse, and ahead of a series of roundtable discussions around “Memory and recreation in dance” in Montpellier (June 21, 30 and July 1), CN D Magazine looks back at another Gallotta work that found new life away from traditional playhouses: Un chant presque éteint, a dance film masterminded by Claude Mouriéras in 1986. Inspired by Gallotta’s Mammane, Mouriéras asked for excerpts to be performed in a Parisian train station – a way to preserve and enhance choreography on screen, several decades before dance films became wildly popular on social media.

Un chant presque éteint
CN D - Centre national de la danse
Groupe Emile Dubois - Compagnie Jean-Claude Gallotta
1986 - Director : Claude Mouriéras
Choreographer(s) : Jean-Claude Gallotta (France)

Present in collection(s): Compagnie Jean-Claude Gallotta - Groupe Emile Dubois , Centre national de la danse

Video producer : Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble; INA; Maison de la Culture de Grenoble

Ulysse, grand large
choreography Jean-Claude Gallotta
from 2.07 to 3.07.23
Montpellier Danse