Baku, Azerbaijan, March 11
By Vugar Imanov - Trend:
The creative work of Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan) will be presented in Azerbaijan for the first time. The artists will show their performances at Yay Gallery and in the Museum Center. They will also deliver an artist talk at the International Center of Mugham.
This program is organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space and supported by the Institut Français d'Azerbaïdjan. Acknowledge support of the European Cultural Foundation/STEP beyond.
Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan), in partnership with the CAC Bretigny, develop the construction and diffusion of several performances - The X-Event. The creations point out and question the frontiers between dance and plastic arts concerning the exhibition of living art.
This attitude creates different ways of managing dancers, choreographers and spectators and helps to push the boundaries of traditional choreography.
Each X-Event form goes with sound from the Baryton's voice of Victor Torres. The handling of these materials by Nicolas Martz defines a position and a functionality of sound including composition and time traces.
Their work has been previously presented at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland; Tate Modern and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; VI Cali Performance Festival, Colombia; Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; Kunsthaus Graz, Museum Joanneum, Austria; Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art, Germany; Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, Corea; White Box, New York, USA; Space18 - Bund18, Shanghai, China; Museum for contemporary art, Zagreb, Croatia; CAC Vilnius, Lithania; MAC Lyon, France; Museion, Bolzano, Italy; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
March 23th 2014 - 6pm - Yay Gallery - X-Event 2.6 According to the protocol Le gout (2007) & performance& video exhibition
The dancers walk freely within a defined space. They stare at one another or at the visitors in a neutral fashion, without any intention. They do not talk, they sit or lie down on the ground without ceasing to search out someone's eyeline. The action is maintained for several hours.
From the March 23th 2014, the Yay Gallery is projecting several video recordings of the work by Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet shot during previous activations.
March 24th 2014 - 7pm - Museum Center - X-Event 2.3 According to the protocol Les chutes (2007)
A group of dancers push each other, throwing one another out of the central perimeter defined by two crossing trajectories. After falling each dancer gets up and re-enters the perimeter in order to push another dancer or be pushed and fall again. The action is maintained until the group's energy is exhausted.
One principle used in X-Event is that of reversibility, a tactic which via the imposition of constraints and extreme limitations of contexts on performers, ineluctably gives rise to the reverse situation: the liberation of individualities and an acute awareness of place.
March 25th 2014 - 3pm - International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan -Artist Talk
Franck Apertet, co-choreographer and Annie Vigier of les Gens d'Uterpan will discuss re-action process, it stakes and goals using some of the 17 strategies that are involved. You will have a chance to ask questions and debate with the choreographer.