Proposed as a modul-dance artist by Centre National de la Danse Paris [France]
An extreme experience: a man and a woman nearly breathe the life out of each other. This is how French choreographer David Wampach opens up a new perspective on Vaslav Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring in his latest piece SACRE. Together with dancer Tamar Shelef he exhausts himself on stage in the process. Only traces are left of the original. Some patterns of movement and a few notes of Stravinsky’s music. In a minimalist setting, with a grotesque and eerie touch, Wampach and Shelef work with hyperventilation so excessively that even the audience nearly lose their breath.
The title refers to The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky’s music staged in 1913 under the aegis of Nijinsky, show that at the time caused a major scandal before becoming a founding reference of modern dance. What interests David Wampach in the argument of the play, that's all it evokes the ritual, the ceremony, the state of ecstasy, intoxication.... But even when David Wampach addresses these concepts, it is always in terms of playing technique and interpretation.
In his previous play, CASSETTE, the performers worked on an exaggeration of emotion recalling the lightness of the Nutcracker ballet that inspired CASSETTE. This time, SACRE looks exactly towards the opposite movement. The play works on a inner, restrained emotion. This dialectic between intimate and estimate also unfolds in taking space in a tension between the walls and floor, the periphery and center. In this series of rituals, the gravity of space and faces is the prime issue.
He participated in multiple dance groups: The Company Coline in Istres, France (1999), Ex.e.r.ce (2000) at the National Choreographic Center of Montpelier, directed by Mathilde Monnier, and then the P.A.R.T.S school of Brussels with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (2001). He also participated in the training of choreographic culture offered by Laurence Louppe, from 2004 to 2006, while working on his creations.
In 2001, his approach borrowed from theatre and plastic art, developed along the way, was integrated in the Achles Association.
David Wampach co-wrote the duet D ES R A (2003) with Pierre Mourles, before creating the solo CIRCONSCIS (2004), then BASCULE (2005), a radical and hypnotic trio to the rhythm of metronomic music. Then came QUATORZE (2007), AUTO (2008), a duet with pianist, Aurélien Richard, BATTERIE (2008) and BATTEMENT (2009), a variation on the ‘grand battement’, themblematic ballet movement.
He created two new pieces in 2011: CASSETTE, a Latino version of the ballet Casse-noisette (Nutcracker), and SACRE, a reading of Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), created at the Montpellier Dance Festival in 2011. That same year he was the laureate of the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto where he spent six months.
David Wampach collaborates regularly with artists from different horizons: Director, Guillaume Vincent, writer, Jerome Game, and the gypsy group, Rumba is Compas.
In 2012, he wrote and directed his first short film, RITE, a continuation of SACRE. In 2013, he created the solo TOUR.
Upcoming artist events
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Past artist events
- 21-06-2010 - 26-06-2010
David Wampach. SACRE. Production. CND Paris
- 22-02-2011 - 05-03-2011
David Wampach. SACRE. Residency. Tanzquartier Wien
- 11-04-2011 - 16-04-2011
David Wampach. SACRE. Residency. adc Geneva
- 22-06-2011 - 23-06-2011
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Festival Montpellier Danse
- 17-03-2012 - 17-03-2012
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Festival ArtDanThé Vanves
- 25-04-2012 - 27-04-2012
David Wampach. SACRE. Presentation. CND Paris
- 06-07-2012 - 07-07-2012
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Julidans Festival Amsterdam
- 17-07-2012 - 17-07-2012
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Impulstanz Wien
- 19-07-2012 - 19-07-2012
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Impulstanz Wien
- 10-01-2013 - 14-01-2013
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. The Invisible Dog Art Center-Coil Festival New York
- 18-01-2013 - 18-01-2013
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. MIFA Festival Holyoke-Massachusetts
- 16-05-2013 - 17-05-2013
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Le Cratère, Scene nationale d’Alès
- 21-09-2013 - 21-09-2013
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Festival Materiais Diversos
- 30-09-2013 - 01-10-2013
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt
- 05-11-2013 - 05-11-2013
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Euro Scene Leipzig
- 18-11-2013 - 18-11-2013
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Biennale de Charleroi
- 07-12-2013 - 08-12-2013
David Wampach. SACRE. Presentation: Dans<3 Stockholm. Dansens Hus Stockholm
- 29-01-2014 - 31-01-2014
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Centre Pompidou Paris
- 15-03-2014 - 16-03-2014
David Wampach. SACRE. On Tour. Théâtre Sévelin 36 Lausanne
- 25-05-2014 - 25-05-2014
David Wampach. SACRE. Presentation: modul-dance Festival. adc Geneva
- 30-09-2014 - 01-10-2014
David Wampach. SACRE. Rote Fabrik Zürich
- 05-10-2014 - 05-10-2014
David Wampach. SACRE. Presentation. Art Stations Foundation Poznań