12.05.2007 / 19:00 / Studio Słodownia +3
quotations marks me
idea, choreography, perfromance Alice Chauchat
Quotation marks me questions how choreography situates itself in relation to the
numerous conventions defining what a choreography might or should be. Based on two paradigmatic texts of twentieth century dance practices; The Art of Making Dances by Doris Humphrey and the No manifesto by Yvonne Rainer, Quotation marks me embraces the conceptions proposed by both texts, taking their contradictory approaches to choreography as a possibility to articulate a new position. Without taking sides for one text or the other, this performance attempts to question the all-powerful authority which those can have.
For her first solo "Quotation marks me", made in 2001 (...) Chauchat confronted two important texts from dance history, Doris Humphreys 'rule manual "The Art of Making Dances" from 1959 and the famous "no manifesto" by Yvonne Rainer, which the heroine of post-modern dance hurled in 1965 against the traditional understanding of dance. Chauchat tries to make it right for both and fiddles with a piece that brings out the effects desired by Humphreys and simultaneously negates them, as Rainer requires. It's important for Alice Chauchat to deal with dance history. In her mid-twenties, she sees and understands her medium as counterpart to the visual arts, with all possibilities of analysis, self-reflexive relations and meta-theories. That, despite a strict conceptual approach, her works don't appear brainy, but intelligent and sensual, is what distinguishes them.
Katja Schneider, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Alice Chauchat born 1977 in Saint-Etienne (France). In her work, Alice Chauchat analyses fundaments and conditions in the production, presentation and reception of performances. Except for her solo Quotation marks me (2001), she has been mainly developing projects in collaboration with other people, such as Alix Eynaudi for Crystalll (2004-05), Anne Juren for J'aime (2004), or Vera Knolle for "A Number of Classics in the Age of Performance" (2003) presented at Stary Browar in 2005.
After her studies in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon and at P.A.R.T.S, Brussels, she founded the collective B.D.C. together with Tom Plischke, Martin Nachbar and Hendrik Laevens. They created Events for Television, Affects and (Re)sort. She also takes part in other artists projects, such as project, initiated by Xavier Le Roy or International Festival The Theatre, and works as an artistic assistant with other choreographers. Currently, Alice is working on Marvel (praticable), a solo in collaboration with Frédéric Gies in the frame of Praticable, is active in the setup of PAF and the development of a website everybodys.be, devoted to performing arts.
choreography Alice Chauchat i Alix Eynaudi / dance Alix Eynaudi / lights Bruno Pocheron / stage design Alexander Wolff / administration/production Pauline Roussille / Aire
CRYSTALLL scintillates as a jewel in a showcase. CRYSTALLL is about decoration and beautification as formalistic strategies. CRYSTALLL is a research on the glorification of the (female) body within conventional representations. Dance, dancer, lights and set are precious, decorative, exotic, objects. CRYSTALLL is a solo for a female dancer. Between attraction for aesthetic experience and rejection of an admirative position, CRYSTALLL proposes, without comment, contemplation as a critical experience.
Alix Eynaudi trained as a ballet dancer in the Opera de Paris. She had worked in various ballet companies before entering P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) when the school first opened. She then joined Rosas , Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's company, for 6 years where she participated in various creations (Just Before, Drumming , I said I, In Real Time, Rain, April Me) , repertory pieces (Fase, Achterland, Woud).Working now as a freelancer, she took part, in 2003, in Collect-if, a collaborative project with Emil Hrvatin, Bojana Cjevic, Ugo Dehaes,Varinia Canto Vila, Katarina Stegnar and Rebecca Murgi.
In 2005, together with Alice Chauchat, she created a solo performance Crystalll, which is currently touring, she also performed in an islandic production: We Are All Marlene Dietrich, a project by Erna Omarsdottir and Emil Hrvatin.
In 2006 she took part in the creation and performance of Big 3 , a Superamas production and started a new solo project, supernaturel, in collaboration with Bruno Pocheron, Nadia Schnock, Peter Lenaerts. Its premiere is planned for the spring 2007. She also teaches workshops, in Ljubljana, Brussels (P.A.R.T.S.), Zagreb, ImpulsTanz, Reykjavik and others.