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LUCIA LATOUR

Lucia Latour was born in Rome. She graduated at the National Academy of Dance, where she met masters such as Boris Kniaseff, Mila Cirul, Kurt Joss. In 1968 she graduated in Architecture at the University of Rome. In 1969 she gave birth to Nadja. In 1972 she participates in the foundation of "Gruppo Altro/Lavoro intercodice", made of painters, composers, poets, dancers, architects, graphic designers and photographers.
With Gruppo Altro, through a methodology of collective work, she carries out complex research on the possibilities which intercode entails in creative action, and realizes exhibitions, teaching experiments and theatrical perfor-mances. This experience ends in 1981 when "ALTRO - Dieci anni di lavoro intercodice" (Edizioni Kappa) was published.

From 1981 to 1985 Lucia Latour further develops her research within the contemporary dance context. With the collaboration of the composer Luigi Ceccarelli, she forms an experimental group with whom she explores new movement techniques with reference to space, sound and image. Actually the intercode assumption is still powerful in setting forth its effects and a european conception of improvisation has in this period been taken on as a reference technique, with connections to the topics of memory, automatism, tension and visionary intents.
The group's works are: "Pas d'espace" (1981), "Spatium Teca" (1983) and "Lalu La" (1985) performed in Italy and France.

In 1986 Lucia Latour founds ALTROTEATRO Dance Company and defines a new working theory by setting forth the attempt to destructure the body in a visionary context and to deprive it of its conventional spatial reference marks, working against gravity towards new fields of energy and speed. She replaces the improvisation techniques with "assembly" ones, according to the idea of a "machine" producing sense and emotion which, through the tension and confrontation between the different parts of the project, develops a methodology essential in framing the relationship between the choreographer and the other artists involved. The works of this period are: "Frilli Troupe" (1986), "On y tombe …on n'y tombe" (1988), "Aniccham" (1989), "Naturalmente tua" (1992).
Lucia Latour has had two significant enduring collaborations: the former with the composer Luigi Ceccarelli, which she breaks off in 1996, the latter with Loïc Hamelin, who since 1989 creates the lighting design of all the performances produced.


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From 1993 Lucia Latour's project changes direction: no more "machinerie"; body becomes the locus solus where choreogra-phical thinking condenses itself. Music, sculpture and lighting design participate, as in a ritual, in the idea of an undivided body. Of this period are the works: "Marmo Asiatico" (1993), "Metopa Sud - Planktai" (1994), "Ultramarine" (1995).

In 1997 Lucia Latour forms a new group of dancers with the assistance of Ketty Russo, who has been dancing in the company since 1988.
Lucia Latour's creations with the new dancers are: "Straballata" (1997), music by Alvin Curran, "Du vu du non vu" (1998), with the collaboration of the visual artists Carlo Bernardini, Pino Barillà, Licia Galizia and Paolo Radi, music by Enrico Venturini, "Šansa" (1999), music by Enrico Venturini.
From 1978 to 1988 she taught at the National Academy of Dance, in 1985 she taught at the "Silvio D'Amico" Drama Academy.

From 1996 to 2000 she has been directing a workshop of contemporary dance at the "1st Artistic Lyceum" in Rome.
In 1991 she took part in the foundation of the Centre Européen pour la Coreographie, directed by Susan Buirge, at the Prémontrés Abbaye, in France, and in 1992 in the establishment of the LAICC (Liberi Autori Italiani Coreografi Contemporanei).

From 1993 to 1996 she has been the artistic director of the contemporary dance festivals Aspidistra and Segni Mobili, in Rome.


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