"96 DETAILS" is a creative trip designed from 2006 to 2009
by Compagnie Mulleras.
From web creations, launched on www.mulleras.com,
to stage and screens works,
Compagnie Mulleras keeps on experimenting new paths and links between
Dance, Film and Multimedia, thus continuing to invest
the new artistic workspaces offered by new technologies.
The long-term project “96 details” proposes a fusion and interaction of distinct universes: dance, music, video, interactive and multimedia works
“96 DETAILS” is a creative trip designed from 2006 to 2009 by Compagnie MULLERAS, one of the first artists which enabled the setting in visibility of Dance on the Internet network, directed by Magali Viguier-Mulleras (choreographer), Didier Mulleras (choreographer, musician), and Nicolas Grimal (film & multimedia), the artistic team which have already created past projects “mini@tures” and “INVISIBLE”.
From web creations, launched on www.mulleras.com, to stage and screens works, Compagnie Mulleras keeps on experimenting new paths and links between Dance, Film and Multimedia, thus continuing to invest the new artistic workspaces offered by new technologies.
The long-term project “96 details” proposes a fusion and interaction of distinct universes (dance, music, video, interactive and multimedia works)
Various achievements will be presented to the audience on different supports (screen, web, cdrom, stage) according to specific works:
The result of this long-term project is wished like a global, nomadic and hybrid artwork, where body and dance are hustled by a fragmentation made possible by new Medias.
"96 details" is a suite of artistic modules, able to function close or far from each one. A polymorphic work, which declines its units almost infinitely, a puzzle to be discovered by fragment or by fusion of each elements.
As part of the global artistic project “96 details”, the stage performance "TRACES" proposes a fusion and interaction of distinct universes (dance, music, video, interactive and multimedia works).
From web creations, launched on www.mulleras.com, to stage and screens works, Compagnie Mulleras keeps on experimenting here new paths and links between Dance, Film and Multimedia, thus continuing to invest the new artistic workspaces offered by new technologies, in various achievements to be presented on several supports (screen, web, cdrom, stage).
"TRACES" is a nomadic and hybrid live artwork, where body and dance are hustled by a fragmentation made possible by new Medias, as a suite of artistic modules, part of a polymorphic global work which declines its units almost infinitely.
Like the interactive cube shown on the web site of the global project, the stage setting is built around a center square (5 meters x 5 meters) on the floor, which will receive a vertical video projection, as well as light design and choreography. The immediate periphery of the square will also be used by dancers.
In this version, audience is welcomed on the stage, seated all around the square projection. 4 peripheric screens, on each side of the global scenic space, will multiply the image zone and perspective. This scenography will also be used in the form of an installation, allowing the audience to circulate around and inside the scenery. Another version of the original scenography has been created for frontal visibility:
"Compagnie Mulleras revels in the exuberant possibilities of new technologies. There is a wonderful sense of play and possibility in their works"
LOS ANGELES TIMES
" Mulleras are an innovative troupe and one of the few to use computer technology in interesting ways"
THE LONDON TIMES
" Mulleras are among the important explorers in the field of digital art.”
" Mulleras is one of the most outstanding dance companies in Europe. A rare chance to see ground-breaking dance/technology works"
"La Compagnie Mulleras est l'une des plus vives et pertinentes sur le terrain de la création chorégraphique numérique actuelle. Après Miniatures (1998-2001) vignettes de danse graphique visibles sur le net, qui lui valurent une reconnaissance internationale, elle présente son nouveau chantier, 96 détails, petits films et animations interactives qui mettent la danse au bout de la souris."
"La nouvelle danse de "Traces", affranchie des codes habituels, s'annonce comme une collection de moments et de situations où le spectateur s'amusera à sa propre lecture."
“Digital technology has infiltrated the world of dance. Over the past decade, Mulleras, the dance troupe created by Didier and Magali Mulleras, has been rolling “choreographic electrons” on the Internet (www.mulleras.com). Undeterred by technical problems inherent in computer-base media, these pioneers of digital dance, with the help of stage director and multimedia artist Nicolas Grimal, created Mini@tures, some hundred of choreographic playlets as funny and poetic as Méliès’s Cakewalks, in which dancers accoutred with large shoes sketch pas de deux steps with gigantic fingers or alphabetic characters. These brilliant virtual shows, accompanied by performances in the real world have paved the way for other motion-based shows while putting the spotlight on their creators. Four years after producing this light-hearted and memorable oeuvre, the choreographers created Invisible, a strange and dark production narrated with the use of several media. “This piece explores another facet of our artistic personalities”, said Didier Mulleras. “While Mini@tures spoke of the body’s fragility in relation to image, Invisible put the emphasis on the notion of ubiquity and disappearance of visual perspective and identity.” On stage the dance number is harsh and oppressive and is projected onto two huge screens. On the internet, the number is shown as a series of thirteen very short films, as enigmatic as a Lynch movie and as quiet as a Hopper painting. Filmed on location in nine different countries, these “micros” feature fragmented choreographies, which are sometimes recomposed during editing, and for the first time ever, they are interactive.
Like a conductor, the viewer can slip in and out of illusionistic universe, start the dance number, accelerate or slow down its pace, or play it over and over at will. The new creation by Mulleras troupe - 96 details, which will be completed in 2009 – is the synthesis of the two previous productions. This time composed by ninety- six interactive stories and accompanied by other performances, the choreography is at once sober and light-hearted. Although the scenic and digital are produced simultaneously, the dancing bodies are first shown on the internet then presented in the real world (Traces). By going back and forth between the internet and the real stage, the choreographers learned to do away with some of the problems related to production. “We still have two years to go before completing 96 details. We hope to able to retain our independence as authors until the very end and allow the viewers to freely appropriate our work.”
INTRAMUROS - may 2007
Cie Magali & Didier Mulleras / Centre Chorégraphique C.E.D
20 rue du Tunnel 34500 BEZIERS - France / contacts