Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh

(Updated on 03/21/2014)

Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh is a French choreographer whose piece, Sprint, will be performed at the Center for Performance Research this January.

Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh founded the Sui Generis Company in Le Havre in 1998 after having danced for French choreographer François Raffinot. Since then, Vo-Dinh has produced over a dozen original choreographic works for the stage. While her early works focused on the personal characteristics of each dancer, Vo Dinh recently developed a more abstract approach based on studies of neurology and psychiatry: Texture/solo and Texture/Composite (1999), and Sagen (2001). Starting in 2003, she created a cycle of performances about repetition and variation: Décompositions (2003), CROISéES (2004), White Light (2005), and ici/Per.For (2006). Since 2012, Vo-Dinh has been the Director of Le Phare, Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre–Haute-Normandie.

Sprint is a solo piece performed by Maeva Cunci, a frequent collaborator with Vo-Dinh since 2002.   Vo-Dinh describes the piece as follows:

Maeva Cunci is a performer who has been working with me since 2002. For that reason she has crossed paths with several cycles of my choreography. Here, in this solo, the race doesn’t symbolize mobility or a headlong rush, it is more of a developing tank. Maeva hates running, and it is with full knowledge of the facts that I am proposing to her this “sprint” as a starting point… I want to provoke what will come to circumvent and/or distort this run, like a Basso continuo, an almost neutral figure from which other states of the body will spring, multiple and protean presences marked by the successive exhaustions induced by this sprint.

Sprint will be performed on January 11 and 12, 2014 at the Center for Performance Research before returning to France for the festival Pharenheit at Le Phare in Le Havre.  For details about the performance at the Center for Performance Research, see the French Culture events page or visit the Chez Bushwick website.  For more information about Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh, visit the website for Le Phare.

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