MOVEMENT ON MOVEMENT


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.

 

 

TOUR

November 5, 2018: Musée de l’Orangerie – Paris
March 4, 2018 : Teatros del Canal – Madrid
February 24, 2018 : Los Angeles Dance Project – Los Angeles
January 13, 2018 : Le Tri Postal / Lille 3000 – Lille
October 31, 2017 : INBA – Mexico
October 24, 2017 : Festival Cervantino – Guanajuato
January, 14 2017 : CNDC – Angers
October 5-6, 2016 : Princeton University / Festival Seuls en scène
February 12-13, 2016 : Théâtre Sévelin – Lausanne
November 12, 2015 : University of Surrey – London
February 9-10, 2015 : Lublin – Poland
February 8, 2015 : La Ferme du Buisson – Noisiel
February 7, 2015 : FRAC – Reims
January 26, 2015 : CDC – Toulouse
November 9, 2014 : Opificio / Festival Roma Europa – Rome
October 28-29, 2014 : Usine C – Montréal
October 7-8, 2014 : Théâtre des Bernardines / Festival Actoral – Marseille
September 19-20, 2014 : Opéra de Lyon / Biennale de la danse
September 5-6, 2014 : Théâtre de l’usine / Festival La Bâtie – Genève
August 3, 2014 : Kunstbau Lenbachhaus – Munich / Festival Tanzwerkstatt Europa
June 29, 2014 : Festival Extension Sauvage – Bazouge-La-Pérouse
April 3-5, 2014 : Tanz Quartier – Vienna
March 1, 2014 : Concertgebouw – Bruges
February 22-23, 2014 : Palais de Tokyo ­– Paris
February 5-6, 2014 : Kaaïstudio – Brussels
October 27, 2013 : Grand Palais / Fiac – Paris
October 15-19, 2013 : Premiere Ménagerie de verre / Festival d’automne – Paris

CREDITS

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