(LA) HORDE

Co-directors of the Ballet national de Marseille / Choreographers / Videographers

November → December 2021

La Horde performing on stage

© Boris Camaca / D.A Alice Gavin

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“The stage is a political space that is absolutely crucial, a space where the multitude of meanings that flow through our bodies is allowed to unfurl.”
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We are a collective of three artists. Together, we create choreographic pieces, performances, and films. Our goal is to question the extraordinary richness of contemporary body depiction, through social media, the public sphere, and the stage.

 

In our project, filmmaking plays a key role, because images provide a radically different perspective on the human body, and because they help break down the barriers between dance and other disciplines. By bringing dance off the stage, they make it more visible and invite us to invent new forms of storytelling.

 

To us, the stage is a political space that is absolutely crucial, a space where the multitude of meanings that flow through our bodies is allowed to unfurl. We thought of the National Ballet of Marseille (BNM) as a focus point of reflection for artists from all disciplinary fields. For the past two years, we have been inviting choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and photographers to create works for the company’s twenty-two dancers.

 

Over the years, we brought on dancers whose work hinged on the Internet experience, and thereby was not art. In the same way, we want to bring into the BNM repertoire writings, characters, communities, individuals, etc., that lie on the fringes of mainstream culture and, more often than not, have difficulty accessing or even considering their place within these institutional tools.

 

Founded in 2013, (LA)HORDE is a collective founded by three artists: Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, and Arthur Harel. Since September 2019, it has been overseeing the Centre Chorégraphique National – Ballet national de Marseille. Dance is at the heart of their work, and it informs their choreographies, films, performances, and installations.

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Ballet national de Marseille

Created in 1972 and serving as the Centre chorégraphique national (CCN) since 1984, the Ballet national de Marseille has been directed successively by Roland Petit (1972-98), Marie-Claude Pietragalla (1998-2004), Frédéric Flamand (2004-14), Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten (2015-19). At its direction since 2019, (LA)HORDE has continued the BNM's policy of artistic openness and collaboration while also redefining those concepts with respect to the changing digital era and political issues of inclusiveness. The collective has imagined the BNM as a safe space, a place to reflect on the dynamics of representation and the circulation of artistic forms. 

 

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Art Explora

The brainchild of entrepreneur and philanthropist Frédéric Jousset, the Art Explora Foundation, which launched in November 2019, aims to close the cultural divide through a series of initiatives in France and abroad, drawing on new technologies and mobile systems open to everyone. It seeks to connect works with their audiences and to support new creation and innovation. The Foundation is co-curating eight residencies for the inaugural season of Villa Albertine.  

 

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