by Paula Citron
French choreographer/dancer Philippe Decouflé’s droll and whimsical 1993 work – “Solo – Le Doute m’habite” (The doubt within) is a delight from start to finish, and its various parts echo the varied career of its creator.
Decouflé was the imaginative artistic director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Albertville Olympics. He has also helmed award-winning dancefilms, commercials and music videos. In fact, Decouflé’s innovations are responsible for a new word in the French lexicon – “decoufleries” – which describes the fusion of dance, circus and film that is the cornerstone of his productions.
Decouflé’s solo show is “decoufleries” to the max. The supple, elastic choreography is true to his background in circus and mime, while the high tech visual aspects are a mind-boggling barrage of real-time camera projections. In fact, I didn’t know that technology was capable of some of the camera tricks that enrich this show.
“Solo – Le doute m’habite” continues until Mar 24.
From Premiere Dance Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.