RÉPÉTITIONS is a french expression that names the act to repeat something, it's also the word used for rehearsals.
2 dancers, a choreographer and the director play their own role in this short movie showing a team in the act of making. Micro and meta directions given by the choreographer and the director are being appropriated by dancers, making those indications an expression of their own. And, in between the execution of those tasks is emerging a short term system of affects and common energies that paths the way to a deeper mutual field of understandings.

  • Yann les Jours
  • Neda Hadji-Mirzaei
    Key Cast
  • Xavier Perez
    Key Cast
  • Marie Perruchet
    Key Cast
    "Choreographer (voice)"
  • Yann les Jours
    Key Cast
    "Director (voice)"
  • Annick Gibert _ Kotti Films
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    documentary, dance, experimental, short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 27, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 EUR
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
    April 30, 2022
    World premiere
    international competition
    April 17, 2023
    Austrian premiere
Distribution Information
  • Kotti Films
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Yann les Jours

Yann les Jours (born in France, lives in Berlin and Paris) graduated from TDMI school in Lyon and CEM in Lisbon. Took part to real time composition labs at Aterlier ReAl in Lisbon with choreographer João Fiadeiro and director Pedro Costa. Recently attended the Documentary Summer School at Locarno Film Festival and, the Ji.lhava IDFF Academy.

From 2011 to 2018 Yann les Jours directed many stage performance videos (for dance and theater).

From 2020 Yann les Jours directed music videos for Mary Ocher and Tin, 3 creative documentaries and a serie of reports for Berlin based ukrainian NGO Vitsche and the church based association Berlin Stadtmission.

His films and music videos have been presented at festivals such as LIFF Leeds International Film Festival, and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, among others...

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Director Statement

I wanted to seize the moment when a group creates a unique collective intelligence. I didn’t know much about the choreography before I’ve filmed it, I just knew that it was the 1st day of a long process for those artists, I wanted to be there, when the choreographer and the dancers would start their creative process to translate conceptual proposals into movements. Their start was the best moment for me to start my own process as well.
We all arrived at the same time, they had six weeks of rehearsal ahead, I have shot their two first hours…

For the filming: the choreographer Mary Perruchet and I have provoked that situation. We’ve created a context where she, the dancers and me would be at work. A context where « we » would be the subject. Mary had the real purpose to create a dance show (it was the 1st day of many days of rehearsal), and mine was to shoot a film in two hours. I consider the moment of filming just like any moment of our lives where different layers of reality coexist, and sometimes collide. When I film I try not to chose too carefully what I put in my basket, focusing on some key elements (this act of invasion I’ve mentioned before) and letting other layers of reality out of my control, considering them as surprising elements of a balanced ecosystem. For example : I don’t really understand what the choreographer says to the dancers, I find those instructions beautiful and mysterious, and I am amazed that the dancers turn this mystery into movements that I can capture for the spectators to feel some emotions of their own. This equation is too complex to be perfectly under control. Actually, it should never be under control !
When comes the moment of the editing, I discover the images (I’m rarely looking at what the camera captures during the filming, the camera is always on and my eyes are very bad). I also discover the sounds. It’s a wonderful feeling to explore a slice of reality in its different dimensions! But I try focus on specific points in order to create a poetical tension, and letting some interferences opening perspectives for the spectators so that they can find their own way to make my story theirs. This mysterious ecosystem of thoughts and affects, again…