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Les Indes galantes

Filmmaker : Clément Cogitore France, 2017 PRODUCTION : Les Films Pelléas
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About this film


The krump is a dance born in the black ghettos of Los Angeles after the riots of 1995. Clément Cogitore, through this performance at the Bastille Opera, creates a battle between the urban culture and the music of Rameau.

Tënk's opinion

This under-five-minute film did quite well on the Internet. Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s music as interpreted by Krump (a highly technical variant of hip-hop dance) dancers certainly gives off a wild and revolutionary energy. Perhaps its most powerful element is the synchronisation of three centuries of time. What Clément Cogitore has achieved is a marriage of aristocratic baroque music with a dance born from low-income Black communities in Los Angeles in response to police violence. Les Indes galantes' use of a sequence shot provides a sublime moment of exaltation, a hymn to art’s resistance to the passage of time.

Jean-Marie Barbe
Producer and co-founder of the
États généraux du film documentaire de Lussas


Clément Cogitore

Born in 1983 in Colmar, Clément Cogitore lives and works between Paris and Strasbourg. After studying at the École supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (School of Decorative Art) in Strasbourg and at the Fresnoy - national studio of contemporary art, Cogitore worked in a variety of fields from film to video, via art installations and photography. His films have been selected by a number of international festivals (Cannes, Locarno, Lisbon, Montreal, etc.) and have been awarded several prizes. His work is also screened and exhibited in several museums and art centres. His first feature film Neither Heaven Nor Earth, released in 2015, won the Fondation Gan Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, was praised by critics and nominated for a César in the best first film category. In 2017, he directed Braguino, a film and photography project. And in 2019, in celebration of its 350th anniversary, the National Opera in Paris entrusted him with the staging of the entire opera-ballet Les Indes galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau.