weekend, the fate of the House of the dance of Geneva is left with the
vote. It cannot be of it differently because this equipment reserved
for Association for the contemporary dance (ADC) formed integral part
of the future sociocultural Center projected by the commune of Lancy.
During this time, in a city more
important than Lancy, but less large than Geneva, in Aix-en-Provence,
elected officials and public celebrated unit Thursday evening the
inauguration of spectacular Maison of the dance. Nobody had to vote on
top and the financing (the equivalent of almost 9.600.000 FR.) was
jointly assured by the State, the City, the Area and the Department.
Aix-en-Provence, this place took the name of “black House”. House
because it occupies a surface from “only” 35 out of 18 meters, for a
height of a little more than 25 meters. Aix has the practice of the
houses. It has the prestigious one, like that of Vendôme and that
of Lenfant, witnesses of the architecture of second half of the XVIIe
Black because the building is out of
blackened concrete. “Black of Provence”, joke its originator, the
architect Rudy Ricciotti, thus answering criticisms of the Inhabitants
of Aix who would have preferred to see this new building basing itself
in ochre ambient. Ricciotti adds some in the provocation by explaining
“why there is a particular architectural sexuality here; a a little
sadomasochistic-maso side, a little latex, a little leather, molded,
very close to the body”.
One calms oneself. In an already
composite environment, between an old factory of matches transformed
into public library and the building site of the future Large Theatre
of Provence (1500 places), the black House surprises without becoming
ugly. This scaffolding with the pillars of guingois, this kind of giant
lacing on frontages of glass is an at the same time architectural
prowess and of civil engineering, which will attract the curious ones
about contemporary architecture.
But it is not for them that it was
conceived. Its principal recipient, the French choreographer Angelin
Preljocaj, took part in the development of the project. This artist
installed in Aix with his company since 1996 has from now on a working
tool unique in France. A place with a strong identity, but which will
apparently not be monopolized by the man to which it must it.
Equipped with the statute of national
choreographic Center, the black House was thought in a spirit of
division. It contains a floor of offices, four studios of dance and a
room of spectacle of 386 places. One waits there this season
Jean-Claude Gallotta, Maguy Marin, Philippe Saire and others. The
building will accommodate also companies in residence, thus making it
possible artists of the area to work under good conditions and to
present their work at the public.