National Library of France
Carolyn Carlson in L'Or des Fous, Théâtre de la Ville, 1975
BnF, Performing arts department © Claude Lê-Anh
from December 10, 2013 to January 26, 2014 François-Mitterrand / Galerie des donateursCarolyn Carlson is one of the major figures of contemporary dance. Right from the beginning, when she learns dancing with her master Alwin Nikolaïs, she takes notes, starting a choreographic composition made of technical annotations, poems, sketches and handwriting. Sometimes, she uses vibrant colours and sometimes the stillness of black on a blank page. These notes are the living memory of her thoughts, friendships and choreographic work. As a unique testimony of her talent, they are presented with photographs of shows and illustrate the richness of the collection she donated to the BnF. This set of documents also includes programmes, letters, costumes and a wide variety of preparatory documentation.
The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson which will soon enrich the collection by a donation of its own paper and audiovisual archives.
Thursday, September 19, 2013