Live music and dance, a creativity that is receptive to other media
My dance exists in its friction with other disciplines, particularly live music but also visual arts, video or even literature, theater and poetry… My artistic collaborations, made to serve the project of renewed creation, are always the place for a common research, on the lookout for shadow areas, for territories. These encounters arise ceaselessly from the identification of the intimate and unique vital impulse and from the collective ability for revolt.
A sensory dance, that goes towards the other
I draw my work from reality. My body goes through the emotional territories of the contemporary city, and the contact with others insatiably enriches its choreographic vocabulary. My research of movement works like a seismograph in the physical and emotional space where it is created. Movement, buried where it isn’t expected, evolves according to the exchange between the performer and his subject and arises from the link which is created between the two. This dance unravels and highlights an invisible reality, a subterranean emotion. The system is both extremely porous with the environment, as well as immediately performed in front of the “audience”, protagonist who becomes witness. Or witness who becomes dancer.
Dance as a vector for transmission
My conviction carries me : that art removes barriers and must be anchored to reality, I have initiated many long term artistic education projects that that place the artist at the heart of the transmission system.
In 1991, received his diploma from the CNSMD of Paris, contemporary dance section and the same year received the prize for best performance at the Bagnolet competition with the Gigi Caciuleanu company. From 1992 to 2002, he is a dancer for the choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. He is alo an award winner at the Concours International de Paris with his first choreography, and then creates for the National Theater of Bucarest in Romania and the Opera of Skopje in Macedonia.
Created in 2002, the Compagnie Sylvain Groud moves to Normandy in 2006 and is in residency for three years in Vernon.
In 2007, his work Si vous voulez bien me suivre, is noticed. In 2009, the experiences shared with the cultural mission of the University Hospital of Rouen led the company to a residency at the Boucicaut retirement home at Mont-Saint-Aignan.
In 2010, the Opera of Rouen places an order for Cordes, works for eight dancers, twenty-four musicians under the director Benjamin Levy. Continuing this questioning about the relationship between music and dance, he creates Héros Ordinaires in 2011 for four dancers and four opera singers and Collusion for four dancers and the electro composer Molecule.
In 2010, Je suis descendu du plateau, was born of a meeting with the writer Maylis de Kerangal. The same year he is invited to meet five hip hop dancers at Suresnes Cités Danse, and creates Elles a piece that is continued with the solo Ma leçon de hip hop in 2013.
In 2012, he orders a piece from the visual artist Jonathan Loppin. Together, they create Chambre 209, a choreographic and digital installation on four sides.
In 2013, enthralled by Steve Reich’s music, Sylvain Groud creates a choreography to Music for 18 Musicians performed live by the Links Ensemble.
With his in situ projects, such as People (over two hundered performances to date), Sylvain Groud is endeavouring to make dance burst forth where it isn’t expected.
Since 2010, the company has been in residency at the Scène Nationale of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Sylvain Groud will be associate artist at the Scène Nationale of Montbéliard since 2011.
From 2008 to 2014, the company is sponsored for its projects by the BNP Paribas Foundation.
With a repertoire of 21th creations ranging from solos to large ensemble pieces, the company tours with five pieces on average, over sixty performances each year, a third of which are in situ.