Star choreographer Marguerite ("Maguy") Marin burst onto the 1970s French dance scene like a supernova. A new wave contemporary of Pina Bausch, Marin’s work stood out for its theatrical aesthetic, political commentary and audacious integration of traditional dance with unexpected narrative and physical elements. Classically trained in ballet, Marin was bothered by the notion of the ideal dancer’s body and culturally ingrained beauty norms. Her choreography set out to interrogate these standards and integrate different types of bodies and movements that many might otherwise consider grotesque. In 1981, Marin’s masterpiece, May B, inspired by the oeuvre of playwright Samuel Beckett, shocked the dance world with its defiantly independent and political perspective. Since then, her work has grown in popularity and garnered awards across the globe. Directed by Marin’s son David Mambouch, this is an appropriately fierce ode to a woman whose dedication, tough-mindedness and unique vision propelled modern dance forward.
"Directed with sophistication and love by her son, it covers her career, her revolt against conventional beauty, her love of the awkward and grotesque, her political principles and struggles." - Brian Seibert, The New York Times
Maguy Marin, Alexandre Béneteaud, Laure Delavier, Léa De Saint Jean, Sathya Flory, Loli Hidalgo, Elise Rem
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David Mambouch studied acting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre before becoming a full-time performer with the Théâtre National Populaire. Parallel to his work with the theatre company, he also performed in films and on television and began writing and directing his own theatrical work. Maguy Marin: Time to Act is his first film as director.