(b Marseilles, 23 Nov. 1957)
French dancer and choreographer. He initially trained in horticulture, but became interested in dance and began performing in 1978 with Wes Howard's Quatuor de Danse, joining Régine Chopinot in 1982 and in the same year forming his own group, Astrakan. His piece, Un sucre ou deux (1982), based on a series of naturalistic gestures and accompanied by Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, won the Bagnolet choreographic competition of that year. A choreographer with an ironic, often surreal sense of humour, his most internationally famous work, Waterproof (1986, commissioned by the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine at Angers), was staged in a number of Olympic-sized swimming pools, with large video screens projecting underwater images to a collage of musical extracts. It was filmed for television and is still performed. Astrakan was based in Marne la Vallée (1990–2) and was re-named Compagnie Daniel Larrieu in 1993 when Larrieu was appointed director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours. His later works for the company include Un geste ou deux (mus. various, 1995), Delta (mus. Scanner, Robin Rimbaud, 1996), Cenizas (mus. various, 2001), Red et Noir (2002), Siamois d'Or (mus. various 2004), and Voyage en drakéole (2008). He has also choreographed for several other companies, such as Attentat poétique for Paris Opera (1992) and for opera, including Salomé for Lyon (1990).
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