Alban Richard


Vivace (an Italian word) is a musical tempo consisting of 132 to 170 beats per minute, often translated as “lively”.

As the music pulses quickly and unrelentingly, the dancers are forced to develop strategies to reorganize their bodies as they keep moving. Lively as a long search for physical gratification, close to an altered state of consciousness: an urgent dance.

Conception, choreography, lights: Alban Richard- CCN of Caen in Normandy
Created in collaboration with the performers: Anthony Barreri, Yannick Hugron
Music: Playlist of music excerpts from baroque to pop, from traditional music to electro music, with a pulse from 132 to 170 beats per minute
Realization of the luminous device: Enrique Gomez
Clothing: Christelle Barré
Choreographic Assistant: Daphne Mauger
Consultant in functional analysis of the body in the dance movement: Nathalie Schulmann

Associate production company: national choreographic center of Caen in Normandy
Co-production: County Council of La Manche
With the support of: Mont-Saint-Michel Normandy Urban Community
This creation has benefited from the device of the County Council of the Channel “Residence of artists in the institutions of artistic education”

While studying music and literature (2-year preparatory school), Alban Richard discovered contemporary dance. He went on to become a dancer for Christine Gaigg, Odile Duboc, Olga de Soto and Rosalind Crisp, among others.

In 1999, the performance piece Come out, a duet set to Steve Reich’s eponymous music, laid the groundwork for his world. The Abrupt ensemble was founded in 2000. In 2002, he choreographed and danced Sous surveillance, a solo analyzed live by the movement analyst Nathalie Schulman, in interaction with music by Laurent Perrier and lights by Valérie Sigward. Downfall, a creation for the 2004 Faits d’Hiver festival, brought him his first decisive recognition. The solo A Conspiracy (commissioned by Vif du Sujet in 2008) and the trilogy Trois études de separation (2007-2009) blended his various topics of research by combining extremely precise, rhythmic writing with work on differentiated bodily states. In 2009 the IRCAM commissioned With my limbs in the dark, a solo he choreographed to music by Paul Cliff.

In 2011 he created a piece for the Toronto Dance Theater on the invitation of Chrisopher House, then a concert of music and dance called Pléiades at the Montpellier Dance festival. In 2012 the IRCAM commissioned Night:Light, a solo set to music by Raphaël Cendo, and Boire les longs oublis, a piece that premiered at the Instances festival in Chalon sur Saône.
Between 2012 and 2014 he produced a trilogy of pieces for large groups of amateur dancers (between 35 and 50 dancers per project): For each extatic instant at Scène Nationale d’Orléans, From afar at Prisme d’Elancourt, and Forevermore at Théâtre National de Chaillot in partnership with the Centre National de la Danse-Pantin.
In 2014, Et mon cœur a vu à foison, a choreographic, musical and theatrical piece for 11 male performers premiered at Théâtre National de Chaillot.
In September 2015 Alban Richard will become the director of the Centre chorégraphique national de Caen in Normandy.