Danse, Danse, Danse

23.09.2016 - 08.01.2017 / Villa Paloma

Danse, Danse, Danse is a project which takes place in three phases concentrating on choreography and its displacements, its collaborations and its extensions.

The exhibition is inhabited by dance and its images, the body and its different rhythms, from rehearsal to public presentation.

A workshop involves research of the living within the museum space, associating works, dancers and artist-stage designers.

A symposium initiates the debate on the inhabited exhibitions and the spaces open to the multiple territories of art.


Part One :
Exhibition and repetition

Repetition is a central part of the dance experience, whether its end purpose is the perfect mastery of a gesture or, on the contrary, a letting-go. When it is in the background of the spectacle, in the creative period, it remains in the obscurity of the wings. When it takes place on stage, as a choreographic element, it gives rise to a tension at times verging on a state of trance. Its time-frame, and its poetic, visual and dramatic qualities are at the heart of presented works, thus rendering visible the complexities involved in making things work in the museum setting.

Emilie Pitoiset reverses the positions of hands and feet in her video La répétition [The Repetition], conjuring up a memory of the body foiling attacks, while Stickies brings forth imaginary rituals in simple shapes of gloves. In a long sequence shot, Alexandra Bachzetsis proposes a solo act which questions the relations of a body to the frames of a space, genre and a presentation arrangement, in simple distortions evoking Bruce Nauman’s legacy. In 2015, Aernout Mik and Boris Charmatz extended their discussions through an off-set experiment, using improvisation and a common direction, with a project developing and exploring the way in which dance appears and disappears in everyday gestures. The video installation produces a montage which brings out other images of bodies, at once connected by the experiment and separate in their subjective perceptions. With B!RDBRA!N (Addendum) and What Shall We Do Next, Emily Mast and Julien Prévieux occupy the installation space like a set and come up with images informed by the energy of the living world, in endless duplications—mises en abyme—which address the issue of the narrative and language of bodies. A performance will prolong Julien Prévieux’s work, playing with the tension between the living body and its images, between present and past, dialoguing with The Complete Works of Nina Beier, who lends perspective to the time-frame of the dancer’s life with her memory of a choreographic score.

Christodoulos Panayoitou’s performance, Dying On Stage, will be put on in the Atelier des Ballets de Monte Carlo.

A screening programme in the Villa Paloma’s video room will offer a selection of works echoing those in the exhibition: Emilie Pitoiset’s The Third Party, Marie Reinert’s Faire, Tom Castinel’s Wacio and others to be announced.


Part Two:
The workshop and its forms exhibited

In the context of the exhibition, a workshop will reunite students from the Pavillon Bosio, Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco and the master Exerce du Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. In collaboration with Jennifer Lacey and the educational team from the Pavillon Bosio, the group will engage in research of dance presentation and relationships of the body to architecture and stage design.


Part Three:
The theoretical debate

«The place of the bodies»

Annual symposium of the Pavillon Bosio, « Art&Scénographie, Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de la Vile de Monaco »
In the frame of the Monaco Dance Forum,
Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December, 2016.
Théâtre des Variétés, 9.30am-1pm/ 2.30pm-5.30pm


In collaboration with the Pavillon Bosio, Art&Scénographie, École Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in the frame of the Monaco Dance Forum.

Curators of the project : Benjamin Laugier and Mathilde Roman