great shape. Port-en-Bessin: Quebec, Ireland and Sea Huts featured at the 18th Under the Mist Music Festival

Morgan Vidal, a dancer from the Avalon Celtic Dance Ensemble, during the 14th edition of the festival, Sunday, November 12, 2017, in Port-en-Bisin. © Archives / Frédéric Bourgeois

Lovers Saint Jacques shells Based on music world You have an appointment at Port in Bassin-Huppen (Calvados) November 11-13, 2022, for a series of concerts under the marquee of Place Georges Seurat (formerly Place Gaudin). Les Marins du Cotentin will open the ball on Friday 11 November at 9pm.

On Saturday, November 12, the Musique sous les Embruns festival will open with Cap Ouest (Normandy sea huts) at 3pm. Gibo will be followed by other songs and a tribute to Michael Yoank. At the head of the festival, the Avalon Celtic Dances will honor Irish dance.

Sunday, November 13, from 3 pm to 6 pm, Les Grands Hurleurs will present a concert of traditional music from Quebec. Owen’s friends and dancers will close Musique sous les Embruns with a new trip to Ireland.

Visual and audio display

real optical sight, Celtic avalon dances Inspired by the musical, it offers rich choreography and innovative theater that transports audiences straight to Ireland. Talented dancers and outstanding musicians Presenting a non-grid show highlighting all aspects of Irish culture. Meeting with Morgan VidalThe only French dancer in the Avalon troupe.

What are the characteristics of Irish dances?

There are several types of Irish dances, but the point in common with each style is that they dance to traditional Irish rhythms, the most famous of which are bobbins and bobbins, but there are also horn tubes, slide dances, slides, polka dots…

We can divide Irish dances into two categories. Solo dances, including the popular Irish tap (hard shoe) dances where the goal is to make noise, and slipper (soft shoe) dances featuring highly dynamic movements and jumps. These two styles share the solidity of a dancer’s bust; You should stand upright and keep your arms at the length of your body. Always keep your legs crossed and your feet in a semi-circle position. And group dances that can be danced in pairs, in quadrilles, in lines … The goal is to perform the characters and this can be done in the style of céilí or fixed dance. The céilí corresponds to the style of soft shoes with semi-pointed feet and a solid upper body, while the stationary dance is often danced with the feet tapping the floor, always very energetic although the body position is more relaxed.

I often go dancing at Festo-Nos (Breton balls), and although Brittany and Ireland are cousins, their dances are not quite alike in terms of rhythm and elegance. Only a few quartet dances from Haute Bretagne (eastern part of Brittany) reminded me of the numbers sometimes found in group dances. Perhaps this similarity is due to the influence of the French Renaissance dances on the Irish group dances!

Irish music and dance are considered a family affair among the Luçons family. How did you take your first steps in dancing?

I started at the age of four, during a trip to Ireland where my parents took me to Céilí (a traditional Irish ball). Returning to Nantes, I began to accompany my mother, Karen Lawson, who was already giving group dance lessons. The first regular solo dance lessons didn’t appear until the early 2000s with Sarah Clarke, the former lead dancer of the Lord of the Dance troupe. I was about 10 years old then when I started taking his lessons. In 2006, Karen created her own school of Irish dance in Nantes, the only school in France that then combined all styles of Irish dance. She was the first French teacher of Irish dances to hold a government diploma in Ireland. Since 2015, his school has been in partnership with a great school in the UK, the Carey Irish Dance Academy. I still continue to dance there today, and since 2020 I’ve been teaching solo dance lessons there for proven levels. Saying whether it is a difficult dance to learn is complicated, because I have always lived with it. My husband often repeats that talent is only 1% of the result, and the remaining 99% is only the fruit of our labor. For once, I was inclined to agree with him!

Avalon Celtic Dances is a captivating show that combines stunning choreography, exhilarating céilis scenes and the most beautiful traditional songs of Ireland.
Avalon Celtic Dances is a captivating show that combines stunning choreography, exhilarating céilis scenes and the most beautiful traditional songs of Ireland. © Archives / Frédéric Bourgeois

What makes you still have that passion in your body today?

Dancing has always been a part of my life, whether it’s festo-nose (Breton balls) or Irish dancing. I also had the opportunity to perform on stage very early on, which led me to become a professional dancer at the age of 16.

At the same time as I was in high school, I spent weekends and school holidays performing at shows all over France and sometimes abroad. The encounters, the trips, the chance to live off my passion and be able to share it on every show are the reasons I can’t get rid of them.

You are the only French member of the Avalon troupe who is currently touring in the far west of France. Avalon counts on great staff…

In fact, it’s a very international team and for good reason, we have dancers from all over the world, all chosen by Karen:

  • first, our captain and dance leader in Avalon, from England. He’s part of big bands including the very popular Riverdance. He’s the one who coaches us during rehearsals and before every show so that everything is fine. He also created new choreography especially for our current tour.
  • Samantha Coming to us directly from the United States, he is also part of Riverdance and other shows across the Atlantic.
  • Christian He comes from Wales and, in addition to his performances across Europe, he also ranks fourth in the world in competition.
  • The other dancers are teachers outside of tours: that’s it Rinsky Who teaches Irish dance…in Holland!
  • Rihannawho lives in Belfast, comes from Festival Dance, a particularly graceful style of Irish dance found only in Northern Ireland.
  • renal She is a graduate of the famous Irish Dance Academy in Limerick, as well as being a choreographer and dancer in many shows in Ireland where she lives.
  • sleepwho lives in Dublin, celebrates with us his debut in a professional show after an impressive career in competition, with medals in many world competitions!

Some of them are not on their first tour with Avalon and we became so close, somehow they are my second family…

Dance in Ireland has its own competitions. Have you participated in this before?

I only participated in a few competitions between 2017 and 2019. My first competition was in Italy in Milan, where I won all my dances on the first try. This allowed me to move very quickly to the open level (leagues), even participating in the European Championships in 2019.

Avalon are also musicians playing live, including your brother François Lawson, on Irish bagpipes. Not to forget Karen Lawson, your mother, in Boudran. Is osmosis easily created between dancers and musicians?

In fact, Avalon has its own group of musicians, all of whom are experts in their field. In addition to Karine on bodhran and François on uilleann tubes, we have Chris Dawson on bouzouki and flute, as well as violinist and singer Ciara Brennan, an Irish champion in percussion (Irish singing technique) and violin!

The osmosis between musicians and dancers is easily created from a perspective where the music being played is essentially traditional music meant to dance.

Dances are always developed with musicians, so that the music corresponds to the choreography and vice versa. The fact that Karen is a dancer makes it possible to connect these two processes. With her Boudran, she can imitate and upgrade the rhythm of tap dance. This gives an amazing result but at the same time in perfect integration with the jig.

Karine Luçon’s specialty is creating structured choreography while leaving some freedom of expression to the dancers, particularly by giving us the possibility in some choreography to express our personal styles. Developed in such a way that improvisation is possible within a specific framework, the resulting mix of styles ultimately results in a choreography full of life and harmony. Being able to express oneself completely in this way as a dancer is the greatest gift one can give us.

Avalon was already sold out in Port-en-Bessin in 2017. Featuring Mary, a very coveted redhead… how will this show be performed?

This is an improved version including new music and choreography. Some of them were created specifically for this tour and I can’t wait to present them in Port-en-Bessin! The show is presented in the form of musical and dance scenes, inviting the spectator to travel all over Ireland, sometimes a little further afield on Scottish or Asturian sounds (Celtic region of Spain). The highlight of the show is a theatrical choreography of Ciara’s song featuring Mary, the sought-after Irish beauty. It’s a powerful moment of laughter and twist, creating synergy between the musicians and dancers.

Port-en-Bessin is Normandy’s leading fishing port, famous for its fleet of oysters. How do you like scallops?

With scrambled shallots…

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