Plastique Danse Flore 2010
Fifteen artists from the world of the contemporary and performing arts staged a weekend festival at the royal kitchen gardens, Versailles. Highlights of the 2010 event, directed by Frédéric Seguette, included an evening in honour of Julie Nioche, and a tribute to Odile Duboc.
Instigated by dancer and choreographer Frédéric Seguette, Plastique Danse Flore is a cross-disciplinary festival promoting artistic exchange through a series of powerful works. Focusing on experimentation and exchange, the festival is run by an association of culture professionals, teachers and students at France's national landscape college. The event brings contemporary art to the public at large, showcases landscape art and promotes environmental awareness.
The Fondation d'entreprise Hermès has supported Plastique Danse Flore since its inception in 2007. The fourth edition celebrated artistic exchange with new projects presented in the kitchen gardens, and the wider landscape of Versailles.
As in 2009, events were staged over three days, coinciding with France's annual Heritage Days. The first evening was dedicated to choreographer Julie Nioche, with performances of Les Sisyphe, Matter of Fact and a new work, Central Park (devised and performed by the choreographer, with dancer Alexandre Meyer). The following evening paid tribute to choreographer Odile Duboc, who died in 2010 (La Phrase du mur, Boléro 2 and a selection of videos). The opening events were followed by two days of new work (including a Franco-African production by Plastique Danse Flore/Convoi exceptionnel) and participatory experimental works in situ, featuring artists Myriam Gourfink, Marilén Iglesias-Breuker, Martine Pisani, Jean-Luc Brisson, Seulgi Lee, Yves-Noël Genod, Damien Roger and others.