September 5, 2022 21:30
Eversince childhood, my imagination has been built around music. I always cherished family moments when we had fun together performing the songs we loved. We achieved this via a series of small, sophisticated gestures, amplified by the attention they received. Our bodies were blossoming, filling the silences with aplomb and audaciously anticipating the musical accents. In other words, we were trying to get into the “groove”.
The word groove is originally a slang term that originated in jazz music and more specifically in swing at the end of the 1930s. This is known as an embellishment phenomenon. The musicians of the time were looking for a form of rhythmic suppleness.
The choreography brings together images and intimate dances. Among them, I would mention the Afindrafindrao, a dance from the 19th century coming from the red island where I come from: Madagascar. I also sketch a few steps of Madison, the first choreography I learned, popularized in the 60s with Al Brown, an Afro-American singer.
In short, g r oo v e takes the form of a collage of references quoted and then transformed. The choreographic challenge is to assemble and articulate them skillfully, to the benefit of an energy that progresses throughout the piece.