Marion Lévy, choreographer

After her training at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (National Centre for Contemporary Dance) in Angers (France) from 1987 to 1989, Marion Lévy took part in the choreographic works of Claude Brumachon and Michelle-Anne de Mey and met Philippe Découflé when working on the parade for the two-hundredth anniversary celebration of the French Revolution. From 1989 to 1996, she travelled around the world with the Rosas Company, run by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker: Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, the United States, Russia, Spain and Portugal.

In 1997, Marion started the Didascalie Company. She created L’Amusette for the Bal Moderne at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Solo at Mont Saint-Aignan for the October festival in Normandy and Bakerfix, based on the memoirs of Josephine Baker, with the musician Arthur H, which was performed in France and in Belgium. She also created La Langue des Cygnes with Denis Lavant at the festival of Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Duophonie with Michaël Lévinas on the occasion of the opening of the Cité de la Musique in Strasbourg. She directed the short film I, together with Emmanuel Salinger. She has worked in theatre and cinema alongside Victor Gautier-Martin, Bérengère Bonvoisin, Jean-Paul Salomé, Pascal Rambert, Cécile Backès, Christian Schiaretti, Yolande Zauberman, Philippe Calvario, Yves Beaunesne, Thierry de Peretti and Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota.

At the same time, she taught at the Ménagerie de Verre and at the Conservatoire of Dramatic Arts in Paris. She also danced for Laurent Pelly in Platée by Rameau at the Opera Garnier.

In 2005 she introduced her project about sleep with the first version of En Somme! at the Comédie de Reims. She presented the second version in 2006 at the Centre for Sleep at the Hôtel Dieu in Paris, the third version at the Hotel Lutétia and in May 2007 she presented a draft at the Carré Scène Nationale de Château-Gontier. The show was premiered at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in January 2009.

After touring in 2009 and 2010, it was performed again in November 2010 at the Théâtre Silvia Montfort in Paris and in January 2012 in Fukuoka and Tokyo in Japan.

In September 2009, she created Miss Electricity with Fabrice Melquiot for The Sleepless Night, at the French Institute in Madrid.

In January 2012, she presented In the Belly of the Wolf at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, a performance based on the tale of The Three Little Pigs, aimed at children aged 6 and over, with text by Marion Aubert.

In July 2012, she created and performed the choreography of L’Histoire du Soldat for the theatre of Matsumoto in Japan.

About Didascalie

The Didascalie Company was founded in 1997 by Marion Lévy.

1997: creation of Solo (co-production: Octobre en Normandie, Ménagerie de Verre).

Performed in Mont-Saint-Aignan and at the Ménagerie de Verre in Paris.

2000: creation of Bakerfix, a performance for three dancers in collaboration with the musician Arthur H (co-production: Limoges Danse-émoi/Centre Cultural Municipal).

2003: creation of La Langue des Cygnes with the actor Denis Lavant and the cellist Fréderic Desfossez. The Théâtre Georges Leygues in Villeneuve-sur-Lot gave them free rein to create this performance.

2003: Solo, film produced by Films d’Ici, co-directed by Marion Lévy and Emmanuel Salinger. Special Mention from the Dance on Camera Festival in New York.

2005: first version of En Somme! at the Comédie de Reims for the festival A Scène Ouverte (co-production: Comédie de Reims, with the support of the Fondation Beaumarchais).

2007: second version of En Somme! at the Centre for Sleep at the Hôtel Dieu on the national day of sleep. The third version was performed at the Hôtel Lutétia for the Soirées Nomades of the Fondation Cartier (with the support of the Fondation Beaumarchais, the Fondation Ecart Pomaret and Groupe LaSer).

2009: performance of En Somme! at the Théâtre National de Chaillot.

2012: performance of In the Belly of the Wolf at the Théâtre National de Chaillot. Text by Marion Aubert, musical collaboration with Piers Faccini. Performance for three dancers and one actress, for an audience aged 6 years and above.

Two of the company’s shows are currently touring: EN SOMME! and IN THE BELLY OF THE WOLF.