Camille Mutel luvz butoh

October 28, 2008

About two weeks ago I saw several interesting young dancers and choreographers at the Platform of Young Choreographers within the selection by Les Transfrontalier Festival.

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Photo: Paolo Porto (c)

One of them is Camille Mutel’s Butoh performance with percussionist Marco Pujol entitled ‘Symphonie pour une dissolution’ that totally thrilled me. Those who read my blog know that I’m fascinated with Butoh.

Good Butoh always makes me speechless… Good Butoh makes me bristle… Butoh is either painful, either pure aesthetics, but its blasting silent energy always amazes me again and again…

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Photo: Violaine Tisserand (c)

Camille Mutel (1978) is a young dancer and choreographer in the fields of contemporary dance and butoh. Before she discovered Butoh she was mainly oriented towards education and development in ballet and contemporary stuff. Till now she was working with the following choreographers and companies: Hervé Diasnas, Masaki Iwana, Zaraband, Michaël d’Auzon, Sosanna Marcelino, Su-en Butoh, Cosmin Manolescu, Stefano Taiuti, Daniele Sterpetti, Cie Arts Vertébrés, Cie Lios, Akira Kasaï…

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Photo: Violaine Tisserand (c)

In 2003 she has founded a dance company Li(luo) mainly intended for her solo workz in collaboration with musicians, scenographers, light designers, visual artists…

Camille Mutel’s explanation on her latest dance piece ‘Symphonie pour une dissolution’ is that ‘in the beginning, there is the abyss of rupture. Then all attempt to bridge over. I choose eroticism as a transgression of this emptiness. Symphonie pour une dissolution deals about what I could call the end of feminine comedy.’

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Photo: Violaine Tisserand (c)

Camille Mutel is an example of dancer being deeply but non-pretentiously infected with butoh in a sense of making conceptual sculpture combining fluidly pure physical expressionism… This is not a dance piece with a story we will talk about later… this is an intuitive heavy dancing…

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From Le Seau De Kali. Photo: Eric Mutel (c)

Her artwork seeks stillness and powerful body movements… of course, she controls every element of the performance, but not as something Westerners would do by exhausting themselves. Instead of that, she is doing it in a very Asian way = maximum physical power, performed as poverty in the movements, in order to deliberate herself as a performer and as a human being. (Surely, I just gave you the answer why I like so much Butoh).

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From Le Seau De Kali. Photo: Eric Mutel (c)

With total nakedness, Mutel creates layer upon layer of meanings which could be interpreted through associations connected with inside-out perspectives and complex bodily emancipation… In Asian philosophy and religion the state of emptiness is actually the origin of creation…

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Photo: Paolo Porto (c)

‘The essence of my dance finds its foundation in the research getting under way with butoh. I concentrate on questioning my inner landscape to create a “space-time” all mine. The audience are invited to share an intimate experiment.’
Camille Mutel

2 Comments
January 10, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2009 09:41:03 -0200 [01/02/2009 12:41:03 PM CET]
From: marcelo Brazil To: deborah@lomodeedee.com Subject: hello from
a brazilian artist Hello Deborah, Thanks for inviting me to visit
your new site. I was really impressed with Camille Mutel Butoh!
Invite you to visit my blogs: http://improvisions.blogspot.com and
http://pequenasnavegacoes.blogspot.com Best regards and a happy
2009! Marcelo Kraiser _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Tnx
Marcelo! Camille Mutel’s performance was certainly on the top of
art stuff i saw in 2008… very inspiring, indeed… best, deborah

January 10, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2009 09:41:03 -0200 [01/02/2009 12:41:03 PM CET]
From: marcelo Brazil
To: deborah@lomodeedee.com
Subject: hello from a brazilian artist

Hello Deborah,
Thanks for inviting me to visit your new site.
I was really impressed with Camille Mutel Butoh!
Invite you to visit my blogs: http://improvisions.blogspot.com and
http://pequenasnavegacoes.blogspot.com
Best regards and a happy 2009!
Marcelo Kraiser

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Tnx Marcelo!

Camille Mutel’s performance was certainly on the top of art stuff i saw in 2008…
very inspiring, indeed…
best,
deborah

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