Interview with Olivier Dubois

January 12, 2013 | By Kathryn Hamilton

Olivier Dubois is a French dancer and choreographer who will perform his work PRET A BAISER (Ready to Kiss) at the Invisible Dog this January as part of "French Highlights", a survey of contemporary French choreography at venues around New York City.


How is PRET A BAISER different from the work you have made previously?

In English you don’t have the difference between ‘performance’ and ‘spectacle’, but in French when you say ‘performance’ its absolutely this specific kind of work, not following the rules of the theater.  So it’s not a theater piece, its really a performing piece.  Every time the audience sees it, it will be different.  If you go and see it and want to see it again, or advise your friend to go and see it, you can be certainthey wont see the same piece you saw, because the partner will be different for each show.  So the partner is already different, but also the relationship is different, and the path the piece will follow will be absolutely different.

I had auditions here, searching for young and beautiful dancers less than 25 years old.  Really, I’m never looking for specific bodies, but for this one, yes, it has to be that relation of artist and muse, and the question of desire is extremely important.  

Does anything in anything in American culture particularly influence your work?  

It’s an interesting and tricky question.  For sure if I give you a serious answer, and in a way a diplomatic answer, I would tell you that America, Asia or Europe have no importance for me.  I’m from a no-where world, I’m a no-territory artist.   So first this is a big no, and then I would say a big yes: this amazing ability to always stay young. With a terrific appetite.  Take it in both ways, this terrific appetite.  But this I like.  It makes me question how old I am.

And are there any American artists that you see exploring similar ideas to yourself, anyone you identify with?

Mathew Barney is maybe one of the most important shocks that I had when I was younger.  Among dancers I like the work of Ann Liv Young.   Trajal!  Trajal, for sure, that’s a great artist.  There is a link here.  The link:  being absolutely sure you possess the truth of being from your own time.  It means:  I am from the present, so I am right.  Fuck the past.  But fuck the past because I have respect and I know the past. Not because I don’t have respect or I don’t care.  No, I care so much that I’ll tell you, now it’s my time.  That’s why I feel linked to him.

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.
Sign in or register to post comments.
1/3
MORE IN VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
event

Anne Nguyen at Crossing the Line Festival 2016

Sept 23 - Oct 1, 2016
Multiple locations and Gibney Dance - Agnès Varis Center for the Performing Arts
280 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
event

Hubert Robert, 1733–1808

June 26 - October 2, 2016
The National Gallery of Art
6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20565
event

La Commission Centrale de l'Enfance, a play by David Lescot at Fordham University, October 5 at 3 PM

Oct 5, 2016 at 3 PM
Kehoe Theater, Fordham University at Lincoln Center
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY
event

Kader Attia's 'Ghardaïa' featured at the Guggenheim

Apr 29 - Oct 5, 2016
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue
New York, NY
1/3
recomended for you
event

Seuls en Scène 2016: Princeton University's French Theater Festival

Sept 22 - Oct 5, 2016
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
08544
event

Take Me (I'm Yours) at the Jewish Museum

Sept 16, 2016 - Feb 5, 2017
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
event

Anne Nguyen at Crossing the Line Festival 2016

Sept 23 - Oct 1, 2016
Multiple locations and Gibney Dance - Agnès Varis Center for the Performing Arts
280 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
event

Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant—Works from New York Collections at the MET

Oct 6, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY