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Ayibobo III: Little Dollhouse on the Prairie

Ayibobo III: Little Dollhouse on the Prairie

Elle Barbara will showcase her new work Ayibobo III: Little Dollhouse on the Prairie at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines on the 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 september 2021.

The performance, coproduced with Danse-Cité, is an experimental sound, performance and dance work. Ayibobo™ III: Little Dollhouse on the Prairie combines pop culture with stories and reflections on Voodoo spirituality, imagining and uncovering queer and trans expressions and their intersections.

Tickets available through this link: https://danse-cite.org/saison/ayibobo-III

Photo: Jeffrey Torgerson

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Coffee for thoughts #7

Coffee for thoughts #7

Luce Couture from Art Circulation shares her thoughts on the adaptation of dance creators to current sanitary measures.

May outings, June outings, August outings (out?)

Since last May, I have had the chance to see a few dance performances in various settings. The first shows I attended were those of the Festival TransAmériques which subjected us to masks and social distancing throughout the performance. I noticed that the isolation undergone during the past months led the audience to pay more attention to what was happening on stage, to think perhaps about the sorting of dancers, and for my part, to appreciate what I saw even more. I personally confronted what was offered to me. It must be said that the pieces that impressed me the most, Sierranevada by Manuel Roque, La Goddam Voie Lactée by Mélanie Demers and Dog Rising by Clara Furey, all exhibited the resilience and resistance we were able to demonstrate during the pandemic. I am full of admiration for these dancers who created in rather unusual conditions.In August, it was with Papillons: L’envolée by Helen Simard, that I regained contact with dance. A magical evening outside, in a superb setting, at the Monastery Gardens to be more precise, made me appreciate this work that I had only seen on a computer. The audience was delighted, the passers-by in the street too; I was too, of course. No mask, sitting on the grass, slightly distanced, a little drink for some and it was perfect.

Work: Papillon – Helen Simard

Performers: Jean-Pierre Mecdy – Nindy Banks

Photo: Hoi Do Phan

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Oprah, Siren, Marassa: Dissection of interwoven realities through art and community building

Oprah, Siren, Marassa: Dissection of interwoven realities through art and community building

Art Circulation invites you to a discussion between Elle Barbara and James Oscar on Friday August 27th, 4PM. The speakers will discuss the new performance by Elle Barbarathat explore issues regarding the black, queer and transgender community, intersectionality and black lives representation and misrepresentation.

Sign up for our webinar through the link below: https://us06web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_0kMU648pSHiHz1wy7norsQ

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Coffee for thoughts #6

Coffee for thoughts #6

Dimitri Haddad shares an excerpt from his publication “Performing transcendence through movement, perception and technology”

….transcending is the act of going beyond our range or limit, it allows us to exceed our physicality, to exist only in spiritual form. However, in this endless pas de deux with our modern virtual existence, I wonder if a technologically mediated transcendence is possible. The computer being programmed to be only interested in movement tracking is indifferent to the social constructs that characterize us and does not dissociate between gender, race, ethnicity, age… when projecting its subject into virtuality.

Could the computer activated human disembodiment be an evolution of the astrologically linked whirling meditation of the Sufis? Is the intervention of computers in movement our gateway into a first stage of transcendence where everyone is equal, devoid of social constructs? One might argue that transcendence is not a performative practice, it comes from within. I would say that with the intensive use of social media, the lines between reality and virtuality have been blurred, reshaping our whole existence into a performance.

Photo: Connect by Dimitri Haddad

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Coffee for thoughts #5

Coffee for thoughts #5

Thomas, Veronika, Frederica, Daniele and Caroline share their thoughts and feelings coming back to workshop spaces, festival context and sharing movement spaces at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival

“This is awaking me – the space, the studio, this space filled with people, filled with bodies in move. I can’t work at home – that is not the same – in a studio context something gets released in my body, I get inspired.”

“How can I release my thinking and let the body talk? I was wondering, when I go through the space and I feel a kind of a waves, and I wonder – is it the space, is it the person (that I encounter), do I generate it…. a lot of questions. […]There is communication through connection with self, with others and with the space.”

“The last winter was depressing – but it pushed me in a new process, process of having to rethink my practice and so many issues around it. And I’ve seen it in some friends too. Hopefully this is an impulse to make things differently.”

“Collective? Yes. I missed it, missed sharing a research with others – the shared effort, breathing, listening, moving.”

“Dance was never a lonely practice. It comes from celebrations, cults, and rituals – where people gather to share something. Even to make a solo we need someone to give us a feedback, to talk about the experience, we need a spectator. It is pretty normal then that moving here with everyone else just feels right. Sometimes overwhelming maybe, but right.”

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Coffee for thoughts #4

Coffee for thoughts #4

Helen Simard shares her thoughts following Creating Connections, organized by Art Circulation and Nordberg Movement (Sweden) on the 1st of June 2021.

We were asked to think about growth.

I’m not thinking about growth yet.

I’m thinking about surviving.

The past 18 months have been a brutal crash course in flexibility and adaptation. In releasing expectations to accept reality. Even after pivoting dozens of times, my best-laid (and rebooked) plans mostly fell though.

I can’t think about growth yet because mostly I am thinking about how to get through today’s ever-shifting reality.

But I do recognize the ways I’ve grown over this pandemic, both as a person and an artist:

-I’ve remembered to value the process as well as the product;

-I’ve learned to cherish the “working” as well as the “work;

-I’ve become more clear in my needs and boundaries, inviting my collaborators to do the same;

-I’ve valued my and my team’s well being;

-I’ve daydreamed, played, and expanded my horizons;

-I’ve allowed myself to create without worrying about the outcome or how the work would be received.

As we move forward and “reopen” (or “reclose”, as the case may be), my hope is that will continue growing, if not, perhaps, in the linear fashion that we have grown to expect. By shifting my focus from growth to growing, can I remember to value the process as much as the outcome?

Work : Papillon

Performer : Nindy Banks

Photo: Hoi Do Phan

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Coffee for thoughts #3

Coffee for thoughts #3

Priscillia Guy shares her thoughts following Creating Connections, organized by Art Circulation and Nordberg Movement (Sweden) on the 1st of Jane 2021.

Anna said we must configure growth into sustainable paths.

Benoit said we must build collective consciousness through our practices.

Helen said we should consider the value of art practice in itself.

Bjorn said growth should have no single direction.

I said we should move from the ambition to make our art expand towards a desire to create a sustainable system that spreads.

We all have expressed the need and desire to think and move collectively, in order to reach a healthier state of how we make art. However, I am wondering how much we are willing to let go of the privilege or comfort we have right now, in order to realize this collective desire. I think we must be ready to let go of our expectations and understanding of what success and recognition are; we must let go of individual careers’ expansion if we want to favor collective growth. When we work in a system that spreads, when we collaborate within a strong network, acknowledgement is no longer held onto by one individual, but rather by a group of people; thus attention is directed towards the achievements of the group instead of its members. Letting go of the recognition sounds easy to do, but in the current art system in which everything relies on individual success and fame, it might be harder than we think.

Performance: Singeries by Priscilla Guy and Catherine Lavoie-Marcus

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Coffee for thoughts #2

Coffee for thoughts #2

A series of short texts about the body, dance and performing arts. Published every Saturday morning, this collection invites you to discover the thoughts of field creatives during morning coffee time.

Mélanie Demers shares her thoughts following Creating Connections, organized by Art Circulation and Nordberg Movement (Sweden) on the 27th of may

Creation is a state of mind, a way of life, a privilege, a source of infinite power. Creation is fun. Creation is scary. Creation is a mystery.Creation is unseizable knowledge.

Creation is production.

Creation is adaptation.

Creation is projection and introspection.

But when comes the time to translate an idea into a dance show, creation becomes a negotiation, a friction between what you have in mind and who you have in front of you. And that’s where the magic happens.Because human beings are not machines, the information is filtered through and archives our subjective body. And that for me can be boiled down to three things: Identity. Memories. Trauma.And that is what I play with when it comes to creation. Identity. Memories. Trauma.

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Coffee for Thoughts #1

Coffee for Thoughts #1

A series of short texts about the body, dance and performing arts. Published every Saturday morning, this collection invites you to discover the thoughts of field creatives during morning coffee time.
 
Marie Béland shares her thoughts following Creating Connections, organized by Art Circulation and Nordberg Movement (Sweden) on the 27th of may
 
“I wondered what kind of connection I would establish during the May 27th conversation event organized by Art Circulation and Magnus Nordberg.
I was facing a screen, but there were humans behind it. I was talking about myself, but I could relate with the others’ words. There was Stina, BamBam and Anna, whom I never met before. They seemed far away but so close at the same time. We were sharing about how we were affected by the situation, how we were forced to adapt, to shapeshift, to rethink, to let go. Our strategies were different but our goal was quite the same, something about surviving, or making it meaningful. I was facing the screen as a mirror, seeing a different version of myself, seeing different faces of art practice, seeing different ways of coping and dealing with the same challenges.
I was observing their background, trying to catch a glimpse of their intimacy, or their reality, or both. I could not see the people who were listening though, just a list of names in the app. Were they as different and yet the same as we were? Could they feel a connection with what we were trying to say, or make see, or make feel, with this lack of flesh, of smells, of our whole body being involved? Were we all creating something? Something other than a premiere in a theatre? Will that still exist in the near future when we will all be “back to normal”?”
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A new audiences developpement project is coming soon…

A new audiences developpement project is coming soon…