The power of improvisation

les Abattoirs
Salle Picasso
Free entrance

In this duet with Laurent Cèbe, Julie Nioche explores the power of dance improvisation to understand the issues of adaptation in our time. DOERS was created in 2022 for the ICI&LÀ festival, and is presented in the heart of the Salle Picasso for this new edition of Les Jeudis des Abattoirs, in partnership with La Place de la Danse - CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie.

With DOERS, Julie Nioche celebrates the power of improvised dance, where performers work without a net, offering spectators the inimitable qualities of bodies thrown into the adventure of a gesture grappling with risk and its resolution in the present.

For this creation, she sought to understand how Lisa Nelson and Steve Paxton's piece PA RT looks at us today from an artistic, political and societal point of view. She pays tribute to these two dancers, founders and foundresses, and to the radical choices they made - in terms of life, economics and ways of dancing.

"There's something absurd about learning improvised dances: trying to learn something that can't be learned... something that's not meant to be learned... What we have tried to capture in this work are the ghosts that emanate from their gestures, from their presence in our own lives today. How can we allow ourselves to be impregnated by other gestures? By the gestures of others in order to continue our own? How do these gestures reach us and speak to us about subjects that are not very visible, such as: resistance to everything that is too normative, perseverance in the work of dance, generosity in the sharing of know-how, research into the language of sensation, the place to be made for those who are invisible, the return to 'one's' territory, confidence in a power that exists in each person and that is not exercised over others, subtle listening, the power of gentleness?" Julie Nioche

Julie Nioche is a dancer, choreographer and osteopath. A graduate of the CNSMD - Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in 1996, she has worked as a dancer with Odile Duboc, Hervé Robbe, Meg Stuart, Alain Michard, Catherine Contour, Emmanuelle Huynh, Alain Buffard and Jennifer Lacey. From 1996 to 2007, she co-directed the Fin novembre association with Rachid Ouramdane, where she took part in joint projects and initiated her own. She also set up a number of more informal research projects. In 2007, with collaborators from different professional backgrounds, Julie Nioche took part in the creation of A.I.M.E. - Association d'Individus en Mouvements Engagés. Since then, the association has supported her artistic projects and worked to disseminate knowledge about the body in society. Julie Nioche works with dance as a place of research to make visible sensibilities and imaginations. Each creation is an experimental project, paying particular attention to the process, the path leading to realisation. The pieces are questions that offer space for debate and exchange. Dance is a meeting place. Julie Nioche is associate artist of La Place de la Danse until December 2023.

Concept and choreography: Julie Nioche in collaboration with Laurent Cèbe and Arianna Aragno
Alternating duets: Julie Nioche, Laurent Cèbe, Arianna Aragno
Music: Alexandre Meyer
Lighting: Iannis Japiot
Costumes: Nadine Moëc
Stage Manager: Max Potiron

A.I.M.E. Association d'Individus en mouvements Engagés
Stéphanie Gressin & Véronique Ray

La Place de la Danse - CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie
Atelier de Paris - National Choreographic Development Centre
Le Quartz - Scène nationale de Brest

Acknowledgments for their residencies: Cie 29.27 / Sept Cent Quatre Vingt Trois, Association Lolab et Cie Ecart - Nantes, La Fabrique Dervallières-Zola / Ville de Nantes, Le RING - scène périphérique de Toulouse.

A.I.M.E. is a choreographic company under agreement with the State - D.R.A.C. des Pays de La Loire and is supported by the City of Nantes.