THE MOEBIUS STRIP (2001) by Gilles Jobin

A sensual, fluid, hypnotic exploration of a “human sculpture”: the bodies of five dancers pass, cross, follow, intertwine with each other. A video of dance, adaptation of choreographer Gilles Jobin’s “The Moebius Strip”.

The Moebius Strip, created at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris during the spring of 2001 became one of his most emblematic pieces. “On the stage, viewed as a white painting, bodies are thrown like splashes of colors, mixed as tint areas and given rhythm by the shades of the clothes” (Rosita Boisseau). This creation evokes his father’s paintings, Arthur Jobin, which alternate between geometrical rigor and intensive vibration of juxtaposed colors.

Premiered 8 mai 2001, Théâtre de la Ville Les Abbesses, Paris (France)

Dance film 26 minutes / choreography THE MOEBIUS STRIP recorded in december 2001 at the Arsenic, Lausanne.

A sensual, fluid, hypnotic exploration of a “human sculpture”: the bodies of five dancers pass, cross, follow, intertwine with each other. A video of dance, adaptation of choreographer Gilles Jobin’s “The Moebius Strip”.

Choreography : Gilles Jobin

Dancers : Christine Bombal, Jean-Pierre Bonomo, Vinciane Gombrowicz, Gilles Jobin, Lola Rubio

Music : Franz Treichler

Light design : Daniel Demont

Director:

Vincent Pluss

Camera:

Thomas Hardmeier

Sound:

Vincent Kappeler, Nicolas Joly

Editing:

Vincent Pluss

Production :

Joëlle Comé, Luc Peter et Vincent Pluss

Photo by Manuel Vason

Bio:

Gilles Jobin (1964) Swiss choreographer.
Lives and works in Geneva.

« From creation to creation, Gilles Jobin explores personal choreographic universes, body in the horizontal plan, scenography in the abstract and fascinating geometry » (Philippe Noisette)

Gilles Jobin underwent a classical training at the Rosella Hightower International Dance Centre in Cannes and at the Ballet Junior of Geneva, directed by Béatriz Consuelo. He danced for several contemporary dance companies such as Fabienne Berger, Philippe Saire in Switzerland and Angels Margarit in Spain.

In 1993, he became co-director of the Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva where he met La Ribot, a choreographer from Madrid. They settled in the capital of Spain in 1995, where Gilles Jobin started his choreographic work with a trilogy of solos about identity: Bloody Mary (1995), Middle Suisse and Only You (1996).

Photo by Gregory Bastardon

In 1997, Gilles Jobin and La Ribot moved to London, attracted by the British Live Art scene and the vitality of the programme at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). He received a grant from Artsadmin, who made him part of its organization and he became a resident choreographer at Théâtre Arsenic in Lausanne, Switzerland. There, he created his first group piece A+B=X (1997), which was also his first collaboration with Franz Treichler, composer and leader of the rock band The Young Gods. Presented at the theater The Place in London, at La Bâtie Festival de Genève and at Festival Desviaciones in Madrid the following year, the piece immediately attracted the attention of professionals and critics.

In 1998, Gilles Jobin created few experimental pieces as, Macrocosm and Blinded by Love, collaboration with the English performer Franko B. In these pieces, Gilles Jobin defined a characteristic style, one that he continually put into question with forays into the visual and live art. The following year, in 1999, he presented A+B=X at Montpellier-Danse Festival where he received an enthusiastic response from the contemporary scene. A few months later, he created Braindance at the Swiss festival FAR in Nyon. Then, the piece was presented at the ICA in London and at the Theater Spektakel in Zurich on an original music composition by Franz Treichler, with whom he collaborated for all the pieces until 2003.

Braindance was featured in Paris for the 2000 opening season at the Théâtre de la Ville, coproducer of his next creation The Moebius Strip. With the impact of his pieces in Switzerland and abroad, Gilles Jobin quickly became internationally recognized. He emerged as a leader of a new generation of independent European choreographers.

The Moebius Strip, created at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris during the spring of 2001 became one of his most emblematic pieces. “On the stage, viewed as a white painting, bodies are thrown like splashes of colors, mixed as tint areas and given rhythm by the shades of the clothes” (Rosita Boisseau). This creation evokes his father’s paintings, Arthur Jobin, which alternate between geometrical rigor and intensive vibration of juxtaposed colors.

In 2002, he created Under Construction, piece for 7 dancers created for the stage of the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. Gilles Jobin questioned the space and the movement in his verticality, a piece which is, according to Marie-Christine Vernay (Liberation, 16.11.2002), “doubtless one of the most majestic Gilles Jobin’s performances”.

His dareness attracted the Ballet du Grand Théâtre of Geneva which commissioned a work for 22 dancers in 2003. He created TWO-THOUSAND-AND-THREE, a singular and contemporary performance that “transcends both classical and contemporary dance” (Marie-Christine Vernay – Libération – 12.09.2003).

In 2004, he received a new commission from the Gulbenkian Ballet in Lisbon. He created Delicado onto a music by Cristian Vogel who succeeded Franz Treichler as official composer.

The same year, after 7 years spent in London, Gilles Jobin settled down in Geneva and created Steak House in 2005 at Théâtre Arsenic in Lausanne. Cie Gilles Jobin is also supported by Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy with whom he became an associated artist in 2006.

He then created Double Deux for 12 dancers. Since 2007 the choreographer benefits of an associated support of the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia Swiss arts council.

He created Text To Speech in 2008, a piece exploring the world of the words where, according to Gilles Jobin, “the text releases the dance of the responsibility of the sense”.
2009 marks the creation of Black Swan, another very successful piece which has been presented in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. With Black Swan, there is a new artistic bend for the choreographer who gives up the “movement organically organized” to write a complex and chiseled dance.

In 2010, he composed Le Chaînon Manquant – The Missing Link at the festival EXTRA 10 in Annecy, piece for which he invited two Malian dancers within his company.

In 2011, Gilles Jobin continues his work on the exclusivity of the movement, abstract and free from any narrative structure, with a new creation, Spider Galaxies.

Apart from his own dance productions, Gilles Jobin has made of his company and Studio 44, offered to him by the City of Geneva in 2007, a place of effervescency. Pioneering place for the professional dance training, for the recognition for contemporary dance in Switzerland and for the stimulation of international exchange by means of various initiatives: daily training for dancers, educational activities, outreach programme, dance and new media workshops, artistic and research residencies, collaborative projects with countries from Africa and South-America.
Gilles Jobin is member of the steering committee of Bachelor in Dance of the Lausanne’s university. He is a member of the jury of the Swiss Dance Days 2011.

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