“Professor” is a choreographic piece directly inspired by Professor Bad Trip, a musical composition of the composer Fausto Romitelli for an electronic ensemble. Following the example of this musical trilogy, this new
choreographic production is at the crossroad of the contemporary music, alternative rock and "popular" music.
The beginning of the project was linked for Maud Le Pladec with the music of the Italian composer Fausto Romitelli. She really wanted to explore what she named the “secret doors” of his music: sound saturated, some hypnotic and ritual aspects, a taste for deformity and artificial, hysterical blasting, unbalanced
situations. She worked with three European dancers coming from France, Belgium and Germany.
During their first week of their residency in Montpellier, the artists explored the space and presented a work in progress showing from which they gained helpful feedback for the continuation of their work and research.
JULIEN GALLÉE FERRÉ, dancer (France)
FELIX OTT dancer (Germany)
TOM PAUWELS musician (Belgium)
SYLVIE MÉLIS Light designer (Belgium)
ALEXANDRA BERTAUT Costume designer (France)
FABRICE LE FUR Technical manager (France)
Premiere: May 5, 2010 at Festival Les Meteores, Le Havre (FR)
Rencontres chorégraphiques de Scène Saint Denis: May 28, 29 & 30, 2010
iDANS04 festival, Istanbul: October 25, 2010: Professor was in the competition for the Prix Jardin d'Europe 2010
Festival Novelum, CDC Toulouse: November 5 & 6, 2010
La Passerelle, Scène Nationale de Saint-Brieuc: January 18, 2011
DanceUnion 3 at Southbank Centre, London: March 17, 2011
Manège de Reims, Scène Nationale : April 9 et 10, 2011
In the frame of iDANS04 festival, „Professor“ received the special appreciation of the Prix Jardin d’Europe jury 2010:
Maud Le Pladec's Professor discovers new junctions and commonalities between dance and music, as well as paying a great hommage to composer Fausto Romitelli's memory. On one hand it undertakes the task of visualizing the sounds in precision with a refreshed array of movements of human body, on the other it succeeds to carry the narrative possibilities of Professor Bad Trip on stage, in a cinematic way, thanks to the talented performers Julien Gallée Ferré, Yoan Demichelis and Tom Pauwels. Multiplying different layers of sensations, from the stage lighting to the costumes, in its every detail Professor grants us the most pleasurable bad trip.
Eylül Akıncı (Critical Endeavour 2010)