THE MAGIC WHEN DANCE MEETS SKATING
TELIKÁ is an innovative live performance* featuring the latest art form in dance & ice skating, blending both arts on the ice in the first duo created between a dancer and a skater.
The piece is initially performed by artists Florentine Houdinière and Julien Marie-Anne ** in a moving story inspired by the myth of Odysseus and Penelope from the Odyssey.
TELIKÁ is a 35 minutes performance for theatres and Festivals, and it can be performed in an abbreviate version from 10- to 35-min for special events.
*TELIKÁ can be performed worldwide on existing ice or we can organize an ice surface coming to your event.
** performers are subject to change
MEET THE ARTISTS
TELIKÁ is the fruit of the persevering work done by two passionate artists coming from two different backgrounds and surfaces: dance & ice skating.
A new art form is born from two professionals eager to experience the unknown, and to test & push the boundaries.
Florentine Houdinière and Julien Marie-Anne co-choreographed the TELIKÁ performance.
CONCEPTOR – SKATING ARTIST – CHOREOGRAPHER
During her competitive skating career, Florentine was French Junior champion, member of the French Team, and an international competitor. After turning professional, she held lead roles such as Belle in Disney On Ice’s Beauty and the Beast and Anastasia in Anastasia On ice. She performed main roles in productions such as Broadway on Ice by Bietak Productions, Holiday on Ice, and became a member of Ice Theatre of New York in 2001. Simultaneously she choreographed for many high level international competitors and for skaters from the French Team, and since 2006 she has participated in many TV shows in Europe.
Florentine creates and writes numerous artistic projects, and choreographs for various shows as well as many skating Clubs and competitors in France and abroad. Her piece Hommage has been presented multiple times in NY in collaboration with the prestigious Ice Theatre of New York.
She is the artistic director of La Compagnie by Florentine Houdinière, seeking to investigate deeper into choreographic research on ice and to create innovative collaborations with artists coming from diverse artistic backgrounds. TELIKÀ is a project which she’s been dreaming about since 2005 and she’s thrilled to now materialize the concept with Julien Marie-Anne.
CONCEPTOR – SKATING ARTIST – CHOREOGRAPHER
During her competitive skating career, Florentine was French Junior champion, member of the French Team, and an international competitor. After turning professional, she was given lead roles such as Belle in Disney On Ice’s Beauty and the Beast and Anastasia in Anastasia On ice. She performed main roles in productions such as Broadway on Ice by Bietak Productions, Holiday on Ice, and became a member of Ice Theatre of New York in 2001. Simultaneously she choreographed for many high level international competitors and for skaters from the French Team, and since 2006 she has participated in many TV shows in Europe.
Florentine creates and writes numerous artistic projects, and choreographs for shows and many skating Clubs and competitors in France and abroad. Her piece Hommage has been presented multiple times in NY in collaboration with the prestigious Ice Theatre of New York.
She is the artistic director of La Compagnie by Florentine Houdinière, seeking to investigate deeper into choreographic research on ice and to create innovative collaboration with artists coming from diverse artistic backgrounds. TELIKÀ is a project which she’s been dreaming about since 2005 and she’s ecstatic to now materialize the concept with Julien Marie-Anne.
DANCER – CHOREOGRAPHER
Born in Martinique, Julien started dancing at a young age. When he was 15, he won a dance contest which landed him a training at the famous Alvin Ailey school in New York where he perfected his art. A year later, Julien left his home on the island to pursue his dancing carreer. In 2004 he entered Le Centre de formation supérieure «Epsedanse» directed by Anne-Marie Porras in Montpellier, France. His training includes jazz, contemporary dance and ballet (as a student of Rudy Bryans, first dancer for the Roland Petit ballet). During these years he performed in many ballets such as : «Fils Du Vent» by Anne-Marie Porras, « Boléro » by Thierry Malandain, and Béjart’s « Boléro » which he danced with the Paris Opéra during the Montpellier Dance Festival.
As a certified ballet teacher, Julien has worked with many choreographers such as Natacha Crouzet, Nathalie Moyen (world premiere Luxemburg project with the «KrausFrink Percussion» band ), Katia Benbelkacem, and the « Vulpès » company. He danced solo with the « Choeur de la Maîtrise de Paris » directed by Patrick Marco. He balances his ballet teaching at the Conservatoire de Puteaux, with dance performances.
“Να σε αγαπά κάποιος βαθιά σου δινει δυναµη, ενώ να αγαπάς κάποιον βαθιά σου δίνει κουράγιο”
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while deeply loving someone gives you courage”
– Lao Tzu
An epic inspired by the myth of Odysseus and Penelope from the Odyssey
A story of abiding love, equality, dedication and intensity
He leaves for the war
10 years of fighting and 10 years of perils and misfortunes
For her : loneliness, hope and faith, a slow strategy to keep suitors at bay
A faithful but weakening wife – progressing into oblivion- 20 years is too long
His presumed death
His unappeased desire to reunite with her
Aging, waiting, twist of faith…and ?
THE CREATIVE TEAM
BEHIND THE SCENES
The story behind the story
The TELIKÁ adventure started in 2005 as I was preparing a memoire as part of my post graduate studies. My professor didn’t seem very happy with my topic choice; here I was in a sports activities and management program, but I wanted to create and produce an amazing artistic duet on ice that would be completely unexpected and full of meaning. At the time, I felt so convinced and inspired by my topic that my teacher finally gave in and accepted my plan. After some initial writing, the concept: was on its way.
Once I obtained my diploma, I continued my activities as a performer and choreographer, traveling around the globe for ice shows and many TV shows in various countries.
I settled back in Paris in 2010. By that time, the concept had evolved; I was passionate about dance and the blending of dance and ice skating became crystal clear. The dance-skating duet was on its way. I kept writing about the project while pursuing my other activities.
In 2015, I met choreographer Johan Nus to whom I talked about the project and he casually said to me: "if you want to, I can help you jumpstart the project." I took him at his word and the project began to take shape. The real adventure began !
We had our first trainings off and on the ice : we built a shoe prototype which worked half way as Johan was slipping on the ice, but we kept on training anyway.
After some time working together, Johan needed to go to travel for his work. After much research to find the ideal dancer, I was beginning to feel weary. Eventually I was referred to a dancer named Julien to whom I sent an email. After no response for a few days I threw my arms up in the air and I said "I am exhausted by this search and if you want me to pursue this project, you take over." The next morning, I got an email from Julien, we meet the next day and started rehearsals two days later !
We has long rehearsals on and off ice; the cold, the early mornings, the many shoe prototypes, Julien’s fingers bloodied by my blades – a real professional hazard. We finally found our dream shoes thanks to Katia Benbelkacem our co-choreographer who had spotted some contenders. There we were in a small Parisian shop and we found our beauties: an old old old model on sale for… 15€.
Julien could run on the ice faster than I could skate. The shoes were now sticking to the ice; we were all set !
Video recording: Olivier Lemaire
Video editing: Fernando de Azevedo, Gil G.
Color correction: Alexandre Lelaure - Le Pingouin Magnifique
Sound engineer: Sylvain Chesneau
Recording Studio: Poptones, by Jean-Charles Versari
Photography: Olivier Brajon
Costume (dress): Virginie Houdinière
Make up artist: Sonia Allal, at So Agency
Video trailer music:
"Teliká", original composition by Fabien Cali, sang by Léovanie Raud
"Back then", original piano composition created and played by Gilles Saint-Arroman; music composed by Fabien Cali
"Ilustración", with the kind authorization of Franz Treichler, courtesy of Pas Mal Publishing
"Uni Fac", music by Carsten Nicolai, performed by Alva Noto (P) Carsten Nicolai, courtesy of Budde Music France
Johan Nus, Julien Marie-Anne, Patinoire de Boulogne Billancourt, Fabrice Lallemand, Jacques Pradines, Atelier Théâtre Actuel, Mélodie Nelson, Vianney Drouin, l’Ecole de glace du POC, Catherine Le Men, Birgit Croslais, Dawn Bournand, Fabulously Successful, The Women of Success, Michèle Silatchom, Jean-Claude Houdinière, Isabelle Téphany, Suzanne Sarquier, Jacques Téphany, Fleur Houdinière, Laurent Rousseaux, Thibaut Houdinière, Virginie Houdinière, Clémentine Giaconia, Frédéric Forest, Brigitte Lefevre, Numa Coppercini, Sébastien Crémel, Gilles Saint-Arroman, Clément Souchier, Gil Gharbi, Léovanie Raud, Rachel Taylor, Patricia Rosas, Jean-François Vacher Aveline, Farid Koualef, Diana Antholis, Romain Angeletti, Laurence Fanon, Vincent Meunier, Christophe Legars, Leny Bigey, Mounir Khalfi, Cécile Loyer, Harriet Phillimore, Emanuel Lenormand, Thierry Verger, Claire Jonas, Michel-Ange Marie Calixte, Mélanie Almeida, Konnie Labecki, Liliane Clavel Prado, Christine Rey, Les Chuchoteuses.