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Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet perform in Azerbaijan - PHOTOS

25 March 2014 [10:33] - TODAY.AZ
French choreographers Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) have performed 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.

The program is organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space and supported by the Institut Français d'Azerbaïdjan, and the European Cultural Foundation.

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.
In the program at Yay Gallery, the dancers walked freely within a defined space. They stared at one another or at the visitors in a neutral fashion, without any intention. They did not talk, they sat or lai down on the ground without ceasing to search out someone's eyeline.

On March 24th, X-Event will take place at Museum Center. 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.

On March 25th, the International Mugham Center will play host to 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.


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