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New Settings 2011 is partnering Passage à l’acte, the first co-production between choreographer Fanny de Chaillé and performance artist Philippe Ramette – an exploration of the relationship between the body and its surrounding space.
Fanny de Chaillé is a conceptual choreographer whose work includes Course de lenteur (a 50-metre public race in which the slowest wins) and the Bibliothèque vivante (where ‘readers’ borrow other people for short discussions). Philippe Ramette is a sculptor, photographer and installation artist whose Levitating chair featured at FIAC Paris. Both – devotees of free art and the absurd – explore a shared fascination with the human body through experimental art and humour.
Working with two dancers in ‘prosthetic sculptures’, de Chaillé challenges human gestures to triumph over restraint, while Ramette uses staged action to reveal the sculptural supports that facilitate his astonishing performance installations. ‘New Settings 2011’ traces the collaboration of two creative artists united by a shared fascination and radically different aesthetic outlooks. De Chaillé explores the many different languages of dance, theatre and performance; Ramette transfixes his own body in impossible inversions or displacements of realistic poses.
Passage à l’acte is an evolving artform, challenging our (un)certainties and our bodies, rethinking questions of weight, gravity and rationality. Because perspective is all about a particular point of view… How can we not re-examine our preconceptions in light of the work of this (sometime) self-styled ‘Japanese producer’ and troubling, futuristic Buster Keaton, urging us to ‘hold on to our illusions’?
WP Zimmer Anvers, Avril 2012
Choreographer Fanny de Chaillé
Performance artist Philippe Ramette
With Christine Bombal, Christophe Ives, Betty Tchomanga, Lenio Kakléa, Madeleine Fournier, Pauline Brun, Kerem Gelebek, Jonas Chéreau, Jérôme Andrieu, Sylvain Prunenec, Guillaume Bailliart
Production Display and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
In partnership with the Théâtre de la Cité internationale.