Yves-Noël Genod

Yves-Noël Genod will tell at least one sentence of Merce Cunningham (and perhaps a little more)
It's unlikely that Merce Cunningham ever had anything to say about dance that he didn't say... through dance. Or so he liked to tell journalists, always with a hint of humour. This was bound to capture the attention of Yves-Noël Genod, given his interest in – not to say passion for - things that make no sense. Things with no predetermined meaning, no moral or political vision. No ideas about the thing as meant (another meaning!) by Wallace Stevens when he wrote, "Not ideas about the thing, but the thing itself", or by Anton Chekhov who exclaimed (in a letter) that "It’s about time for writers - particularly those who are genuine artists - to recognize that in this world you cannot figure out everything".
If Merce Cunningham has anything to say it is, by default, about things that cannot be said, except on rare occasions, in poetry. Yves-Noël Genod delivers a performance of which he knows nothing in advance; an "accident", a "conversation", he says, watched over by a young man, one hundred years old, Merce Cunningham, whose evocation continues to invite us to turn our gaze to dance...

Concept: Yves-Noël Genod
Interpretation : Yves-Noël Genod, Pierre Guilbault
Thanks: Denise Luccioni
Production: Le Dispariteur

Estimated time: 1 hour
Full rate: 12€
Reduced rate: 8€ (see conditions)
Performance
Lafayette Anticipations
Saturday 21 Sep 2019
from 03 pm to 04 pm
from 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm
Sunday 22 Sep 2019
from 04 pm to 05 pm

Yves-Noël Genod, will tell at least one sentence of Merce Cunningham (and perhaps a little more), 2019 © Marc Domage
Teaser / Yves-Noël Genod, will tell at least one sentence of Merce Cunningham (and perhaps a little more), 2019/ Festival Echelle Humaine 2019
Yves-Noël Genod, will tell at least one sentence of Merce Cunningham (and perhaps a little more), 2019 © Marc Domage
Yves-Noël Genod, will tell at least one sentence of Merce Cunningham (and perhaps a little more), 2019 © Marc Domage

Participants

Yves-Noël Genod is, in his own words, a "distributor" of poetry and light; not an inventor but a "passer-on".
Born in 1972, he has always performed or directed. He worked first with Claude Régy and François Tanguy at Théâtre du Radeau. His experience of contact improvisation led him towards dance and a collaboration with Loïc Touzé who in 2003 gave him carte blanche to produce his first performance for the Let's Dance festival at the Lieu Unique art centre in Nantes. Titled Waiting for Genod, it built on British and American stand-up. This would be the first of many commissions (all cartes blanches) for shows - almost a hundred to date - and performances, for the most part presented at festivals or centres for dance or hybrid art forms. These works are theatre stripped of drama and action, leaving only the poetry, the phantom, the trace. Yves-Noël Genod has worked with numerous artists who now perform at the world's leading venues. In this respect, he has marked a generation.