Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh
Choreographer and director of Le Phare, Centre chorégraphique national du Havre Normandie

The choreographer Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh explains how her creative choreographic process comes from specific detailed research and structures, which are reset for each new piece. The clear lines underlying all her work are nonetheless visible.

Research by the neurologist Antonio Damasio, about the importance of emotion — inspired her iconic early works Texture/solo and Texture/CompositeSagen delves into the “anti”-psychiatry of Jean Oury, which deals with schizophrenia. Theses by Françoise Héritier on the masculine/ feminine inspired -transire— and -insight- (2010, 2013). The complex density of these themes facilitate and sharpen the exploration of the dancers’ bodies.

Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh is also interested in repetitive minimalism, notably in CROISéES, White LightIci/Per.For 2005, 2006, exploring play in Aboli Bibelot… Rebondi (2008), and exploring it further in Sprint (2013). She chose to create with important musical works by Zeena Parkins, Dusapin, Grisey; and also explores the visual arts. Her recent works are somewhat more theatrical: Timbuktu déjà-vu (Avignon, 2015) and Cocagne (2018). Her exhaustive movement vocabulary is constantly challenging established ideas about meanings and senses.

Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh has been the Director of Le Phare, Centre chorégraphique national of Le Havre Normandie since 2012.

— Gérard MAYEN
Dance critic
March 2020