So, the history of rock and roll concerns only male rockers ? Testosterone-fueled concerts, music that doesn’t quite stay in a pair of tight-fitting jeans, the meteoritic bursts of fame of rock heroes. And women were just muses with love-struck eyes, hidden icons, or manipulating goddesses ?
Obviously, the pioneering female rockers had to dare more than their male counterparts. To batter the doors of male rock and roIl they had to break out of the role attributed to them by their macho brothers. (Not all female rockers managed to do so ; « man power » discouraged more than one female singer, some preferring to go down another route more acceptable to the music establishment of the times). And it has to be said that from Janis Joplin to Patti Smith and from Nico to Nina Hagen, some did not go in for half measures – women too can play a mean guitar. These female rockers and others like them did not hesitate to be « one of the guys ». They laid claim to the right to be who they were, with outrageous excesses, but also undeniable musical genius, transgressing genders and singing themselves into a musical trance.
It was while researching his show My Rock (created in 2005), featuring Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain and others, that Jean-Claude Gallotta first came across the first female pioneers of rock and roll, some of whom were frontline soldiers, warriors in the cause of women’s rights. Moreover, he included two female performers – Patti Smith and P.J. Harvey – in his choice of famous rockers.
choreography Jean-Claude Gallotta / assisted by Mathilde Altaraz / text and dramaturgy Claude-Henri Buffard / scenography and images Jeanne Dard / video montage Benjamin Croizy / costumes Marion Mercier assisted by Anne Jonathan and Jacques Schiotto additional music Benjamin Croisy and Strigall/ with the Dancers of the Groupe Émile Dubois : Agnès Canova, Paul Gouëllo, Ibrahim Guétissi, Georgia Ives, Bernardita Moya Alcalde, Fuxi Li, Lilou Niang, Jérémy Silvetti, Gaetano Vaccaro, Thierry Verger, Béatrice Warrand / and music by Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee, Marianne Faithfull, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Aretha Frankin, Nico, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Laurie Anderson, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Nina Hagen, Betty Davis, Patti Smith, Tina Turner
The Groupe Émile Dubois / Compagnie Jean-Claude Gallotta is backed by the Ministry of Culture and Communication-DGCA and the DRAC Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes, the Région Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes, the Département de l’Isère.