2022, Between Europe, India, Java and America: Sharing and Migration of Dance Styles in Jean Cébron’s Choreographic and Pedagogical Systems

In accordance with one of the main topics suggested for this edition of EDC Biennal Conference 2020, concerning “What does the sharing and migration of dance styles between countries tell us?”, my paper proposal will deal with the choreographic and pedagogical systems elaborated by the French artist Jean Cébron (1927-2019). Such systems were formulated by Jean Cébron thanks to his personal training experience as a student, a performer and a teacher who learned ballet and modern dance as well as Indian and Javanese traditional dances. In order to study and perform those different dance styles he travelled extensively and worked in a number of Opera Houses and Dance Companies in Europe, in North and South America. An excellent dancer and teacher, Jean Cébron was one of the first artistic partners and masters of the famous German choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009). In my presentation I will tackle his artistic life and his pedagogical system, which was the result of years of sharing and migration in different countries where he learnt a number of dance styles and out of all them he elaborated his personal choreographic and pedagogical systems.


Tiziana Leucci is a senior research fellow at the French National Center for the Scientific Research (CNRS) attached to the Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud in Paris-Aubervilliers. Her Ph.D. thesis in History and Social Anthropology (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) dealt with the South Indian dancers and courtesans’ culture. Leucci studied and performed ballet and modern dance at the National Academy of Dance in Rome, and South Indian Bharatanatyam and Odissi dance styles in India for twelve years (from 1987 till 1999). She authored two books and several articles on Anthropology and Dance History. At present she is co-directing a seminar, a research workshop at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and a research project titled ‘Connected Histories of Dance’ at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme of North Paris. Since 2010 she teaches Indian Bharatanatyam dance at the Conservatoire de Musique et Danse ‘Gabriel Fauré’, Les Lilas-Est Ensemble (France).