Artists biographies
Alban Richard

Alban Richard first encountered contemporary dance while studying music and literature, and found in it a horizon of unsuspected freedom. He used to be interpreter for Christine Gaigg, Odile Duboc, Olga de Soto and Rosalind Crisp.

In 1999, his performance piece ‘Come out’, a duo set to the eponymous music of Steve Reich,  jettisoned the basis of his universe. That same year, he created ‘Blood Roses’ a piece for eight dancers set to ‘Suites for Harpsichord’ by Purcell. In 2000 he founded the ensemble l’Abrupt, bringing together loyal collaborators. ‘Downfall’, a work for the festival Faits d’Hiver Paris in 2004 brought him his first decisive recognition. His signature style emerges from a process-based choreography, woven from several scores – for dance, for music, for lighting – that converge toward a conceptual and aesthetic unity.

He created further pieces for the Rencontres Chorégraphiques internationals Seine-Saint-Denis (‘Disperse’, 2005, and ‘as far as’, 2007), for the SACD (‘A Conspiracy’, 2008) and l’Ircam (‘With my limbs in the dark’, 2009). That same year, he received the prix du Jeune Talent chorégraphique (Young Choreographer’s Prize) by the SACD.

In June 2011, at the Montpellier Danse festival, he created ‘Pléiades, un concert de musique et de danse’, bringing together six dancers and six musicians from the Percussions de Strasbourg set to the music of Iannis Xenakis. Other important pieces have been for example ‘Night:Light’ (2012 at IRCAM, Paris), ‘Et mon coeur a vu à foison’ (And my heart has seen a plenty, 2014 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris), ‘Suites dansées’ (danced suites, 2015 at the Philharmonie of Paris) and ‘HOK solo pour ensemble’ (2015 for the Ballet de Lorraine).

Alban Richard is also dedicated to teaching. Holding the State Certificate in dance education, he completed a teacher’s training untitled ‘La contagion insolite du mouvement’ (the unusual contagion of movement), from 1999 to 2006 at the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris. Regularly invited to give workshops and masterclasses, he teaches notably at the Centre national de la danse, the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, at the RIDC, at the Ménagerie de Verre, and at Danse au Cœur.

In september 2015, Alban Richard took the direction of the centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie. He is accompanied by his entire artistic team and loyal collaborators but also five fellow artists : Christine Gaigg, Phia Ménard, Mélanie Perrier, Jérôme Combier and Mickaël Phelippeau.

Richard Alban © Agathe Poupeney Richard Alban © Agathe Poupeney

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017