HOK solo pour ensemble

Choreography : Alban Richard
Music : Louis Andriessen

HOK solo pour ensemble © Arno Paul

Premiered on March 5, 2015, at the Opera National de Lorraine

Conception – Choreography : Alban Richard
Music : Hoketus (1973) / Louis Andriessen 
Assistant : Max Fossati
Lights : Valérie Sigward
Costumes : Corine Petitpierre
Rehearsal director : Thomas Caley and Valérie Ferrando


HOK solo pour ensemble is a choreographic work constructed to the score of Hoketus, a musical piece created in 1975- 1977 by Louis Andriessen.
Energetic, brutal and hypnotic, the music of Hoketus is seemingly sourced in the sounds of hard rock and the works of Igor Stravinsky. Two identical groups of musicians face each other onstage using the medieval musical technique called Hocket. The word “hocket” first appeared in the early 14th century, based on the onomatopoeic sound hok, meaning a sharp interruption or a shock. The pulses and the rhythms involved in this minimalist score create a fascinating, powerful world.
Alban Richard, an artist in residence at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, began in his earliest pieces to research a sort of kneading of the body within his dancers, inflating and over crossing their physical strata, bursting bubbles,while accentuating their individual rhythms.
For this creation at the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, he has created a solo for the ensemble. The dancers’ bodies form a unique, polymorphous mass.
Closely bonded to Andriessen’s music, HOK solo pour ensemble is a work driven by a ferocious energy, its rhythm charging from body to body.

Alban Richard

Alban Richard came to dance at the same time he was studying music and literature. He has danced with, among others, Odile Duboc, Christine Gaigg, Olga de Soto and Rosalind Crisp. In 2000, he founded the Ensemble l’Abrupt and created a repertory of about twenty pieces. His processual writing is threaded by several scores – for dance, music, lights and costums. Since its creation, the Ensemble Abrupt has been in residency at the Théâtre de Vanves, at the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin, the Forum du Blanc-Mesnil, the Théâtre Louis Aragon de Tremblay-en-France, the Scène nationale d’Orléans, the Prisme centre de développement artistique de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, the Théâtre national de Chaillot, the Théâtre Paul Éluard (tpe) in Bezons, and at the Théâtre 71, scène nationale de Malakoff.
In connection with the music world, he cooperated with the Ensemble Alla francesca, les Talents lyriques, les Percussions de Strasbourg, les ensembles Instant Donné, Alternance, l’IRCAM, and the composers Laurent Perrier, Raphaël Cendo, Jérôme Combier, Robin Leduc…
Alban Richard is also an artist who works on commissions. For many years now, some performance-installations have been created for Grande Plage, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, at the Musée du Louvres, at the Musée du Quai Branly, at the Musée Guimet, at the Aby Dhabi Art Fair…
He often works with loyal collaborators: Nathalie Schulmann, specialist in analysis movement, Valérie Sigward, author and lights creator, Corinne Petitpierre, plastic artist and costums designers. However he likes to incorporate in his work new artists in order to break with habits.

Since September 2015, Alban Richard is leading the Centre Chorégraphique de Caen in Normandie.