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Movement on Movement

  • Musée de la danse 38 Rue Saint-Melaine Rennes, Bretagne, 35000 France (map)

In Movement on Movement, I reproduce as precisely as possible sequences from the Improvisation Technologies by William Forsythe. They are short lectures where Forsythe presents different tools to generate and analyze movements. He does short improvisation and many gestures that comment on other movements by pointing, underlining, and foregrounding specific elements. These movements are not Forsythe’s choreography, they are what happens when he explains his approach to movement. By treating them as a dance material, I hope to give them another status: what was an explanation of the material becomes the material itself. I thus try to address the question: how can movement be about movement?

            While performing these gestures, I develop a reflection on the ways movements are defined and the experiences of the body created by these modes of definition. One can define a movement geometrically, mechanically or by giving oneself a practical goal, the movement can be defined as a problem the performer has to solve or as model he must imitate, this definition can cover the whole body or only a specific body part, etc. All these differences will have a profound impact on the experiences of both the performer and the spectator. By analyzing them, I try to propose different ways of focusing one’s attention on a given movement. The spoken and the gestural text interact. Sometimes they seem to come together, at other times, they are clearly in contradiction and most often, they affect each other to create a third meaning.


Concept and performance: Noé Soulier
Production: WP Zimmer
Executive production: ND Productions (Paris)
Coproduction: Festival d’Automne à Paris (FR); Kaaitheater Brussels (BE); Bruges Concertgebouw (BE); Ménagerie de Verre, Paris (FR)
Avec le soutien du Centre National de la Danse, Pantin (FR)
Remerciements à la Forsythe Company
Noé Soulier is associated artist at CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie for the period 2016-2018
Noé Soulier is associated artist at CN D Centre national de la danse

Earlier Event: March 7
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Later Event: April 20
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