Pierre Droulers, a pioneer of contemporary dance and choreographer of more than 30 works, celebrates 40 years of creation. Since the 1970s Droulers has contributed to the rise and flourishing of contemporary dance. As one of the first students to graduate from the Mudra School, he soon became a key player in the French and Belgian world of dance. Always in tune with the zeitgeist, right from his earliest days he has collaborated with emblematic artists such as jazz musician Steve Lacy, members of the underground scene including Winston Tong and Minimal Compact and the Beat poet Brion Gysin. Subsequently, Droulers has developed exchanges with visual artists, among others Michel François and Ann Veronica Janssens.
This publication is an implicit portrait of the artist, but also of an era in which contemporary dance emerged. Based on quotes, archives, images, notes and artistic encounters, the monograph presents a delicate three-dimensional journey. With its collisions and entanglements of faces, landscapes, words, recurrences of obsessions and fantasies, it reveals zones of light and shade in Droulers’s artistic world.
With contributions by Jean-Marc Adolphe, Fabienne Aucant, Tarquin Billiet, Malika Djardi, Michel François, Yves-Noël Genod, Yves Godin, Manon Greiner, Harold Henning, François Hiffler, Ann Veronica Janssens, Denise Luccioni, Barbara Manzetti, Denis Mariotte, Pascale Murtin, Kazuya Sato, Eugène Savitzkaya
& Hans Theys