This performance film was created as a reference to Gaëlle Bourges’s work The bath, as well as the distance learning initiatives associated with the in March-April 2020 lockdown.
Filmed in a natural setting, it is a free reinterpretation of the myth of “Diana and Actaeon” and the painting “Diana Bathing”, which provided inspiration for The bath.
It was also a joyful opportunity to romp through the forest after two months of “sheltering in place”. A breath of fresh air.
It all started with a workshop at the Musée de Pont-Aven organised by Résodanse Bretagne, where the association Os was associate artist for the 2017/2018 season. Gaëlle Bourges, in collaboration with choreographer Agnès Butet and videographer Bernard Tran, brought together 12 participants to produce a video work based on an 1896 painting by Armand Seguin on display in the museum: “Nu de la comtesse d’Hauteroche”, a tribute to Édouard Manet’s famous “Déjeuner sur l’herbe”.
Over the four-day workshop, Bernard Tran filmed the different steps in the dancers’ reflection and composition process around Seguin’s painting. The project sought to explore how images came into being through this workshop, led by Gaëlle Bourges and Agnès Butet, and to leave an enduring imprint of choreographic experiences in the form of a dance film.
This performance film was created around Gaëlle Bourges’s show GIAB (GIVING IT ALL BACK), produced as part of the Regard project in partnership with Trident, Scène nationale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, CEMEA Normandie and the Region of Normandy.