Hello my beautiful dancers!

Immediately I’ll discuss an icon of up to date dance: Carolyn Carlson! Its longiline silhouette has a novel gracefulness through the years. Identified all through the world, this American dancer and choreographer of Finnish origin selected France as her adopted nation. She has drawn her inspiration from France for greater than thirty years. 


An American in Paris 

Born in 1943 to Finnish mother and father, Carolyn Carlson studied dance on the San Francisco Ballet Faculty and the College of Utah. She met choreographer Alwin Nikolais and have become the star soloist of his firm in New York for seven years. She danced all around the world. In 1968, she gained the Finest Dancer Award on the Paris Worldwide Dance Competition. She created her first piece, Rituel pour un rêve mort, which she carried out within the courtyard of the Palais des Papes in Avignon in 1972.

Choreographer-star on the Paris Opera

In 1974, she met the composer Rolf Liebermann, who had simply been appointed Common Administrator of the Paris Opera. He invited her to this prestigious home as a choreographer-star, a title he created particularly for her. He affords her the chance to direct the Groupe de Recherche Théâtrale de l’Opéra de Paris (GRTOP). For a number of years, she initiates dancers to her improvisation and composition approach. With them, she explores new avenues in up to date dance. 

It is good “indicators” 

Created in 1997 for the Paris Opera, Signes is an astonishing work that mixes music, portray and dance because of the assembly of the worlds of three artists: the visible artist Olivier Debré, the musician René Aubry, Carolyn Carlson’s devoted collaborator, and the choreographer herself. Principal interpreter with Marie-Claude Pietragalla through the creation, the star Kader Belarbi bid farewell to the stage in 2008 by reprising this main piece by Carlson within the firm of Marie-Agnès Gillot


A globe-trotting choreographer

His profession has additionally led Carlson to grow to be inventive director of the La Fenice Theatre in Venice, the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm and the dance part of the Venice Biennale, a serious up to date artwork occasion. In 2006, she was the primary choreographer to obtain a Golden Lion on the Venice Biennale. 

Blue Girl, her legendary solo

With Blue Girl, created in 1983, Carolyn Carlson went all over the world. How can we neglect the silhouette of a girl in a purple costume seen by means of Venetian blinds? In 2008, through the Biennale de la danse in Lyon, the choreographer “provided” this solo to a younger Finnish dancer and choreographer, Tero Saarinien. The query of transmission has at all times been current within the choreographer’s work. By passing the torch to the youthful technology and specifically to a person, who revisits and appropriates every bit of choreography, she is rooting Blue Girl a little bit extra deeply within the historical past of up to date dance. 


A bit anecdote: in 1993, Carolyn Carlson created a powerful solo for Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Do not Look Again. 



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