Olivier Dubois, director of the COD-Compagnie Olivier Dubois, and former director of Ballet du Nord from 2014 to 2017, opens the performative section of the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe. Choreography for an Exhibition. He will be the author of an original creation commissioned and produced for the Madre Museum, In Dialogue with Bob, on the occasion of the opening on December the 14th (7.30 pm, 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm, third floor), with a second staging on December the 15th (ore 5.00 pm, 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm), and the site-specific installation Le trésor (Black Gold and White Gold), on December the 14th (7.00-10.00 pm, second floor).
The new creation of Dubois will see the participation of 8 performers chosen in public auditions in Naples by the choreographer in the past weeks: Francesco Russo, Alfonso Donnarumma, Francesca Piscopo, Alessia Scala, Chiara Alborino, Nicolas Grimaldi Caritullo, Raffaele Iorio and Antonio Nicastro. This experience brings for the first time to the Madre the project Abballamm’! , created by Laura Valente with the coordination of Gennaro Cimmino and the collaboration of Susanna Sastro.
In Dialogue with Bob focuses on the idea that Mapplethorpe’s photographs are traces of his personal choreography, and Le Trésor (Black gold and White gold), an installation that will take place in two rooms of the second floor, transformed for the occasion in a dark room and in a room with dazzling lights. The experience of the depths of the dark and the limits of the sight and reason and its opposite. Perpetuation of the species or love, it is only about escaping death.
Olivier Dubois has been shaking up the French contemporary dance scene for more than a decade with some of the most radical choreographic work to date. The director of Ballet du Nord from 2014 to 2017, he was named one of the twenty-five best dancers in the world in 2011 by Dance Europe magazine and boasts a unique experience working between creation, interpretation and pedagogy.
Dubois, born 1972 in Colmar, started his career as a dancer, performing for the likes of Sasha Waltz, Angelin Preljocaj, Jan Fabre, Karine Saporta and Dominique Boivin. He created his first choreography, Pour tout l’or du monde, in 2006, followed by a string of successful pieces including Faune(s) (2008), Révolution (2009), L’homme de l’Atlantique (2010), Tragédie (2012) and Auguri (2016). In parallel, he has been developing a series of ambitious projects with amateur dancers such as Mille et une danse, created for the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris in 2017.
In spring 2018, he performed a solo titled Pour sortir au jour, which was recently presented at the Festival de Marseille. Olivier Dubois is currently an associate artist at Centquatre in Paris and at Galerie Eva Hober. At the Madre Museum in Naples Dubois presents In Dialogue with Bob, a world premiere choreography, and the site-specific installation Le trésor (Black Gold and White Gold), on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe. Choreography for a Exhibition.