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New Settings, the bushy forms of the performing and visual arts

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Every year, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès accompanies several shows, in collaboration with collaborating cultural institutions. In the weeks to come, don't miss the shows by Philippe Quesne, Lia Rodrigues, Émilie Rousset & Louise Hémon, Vera Mantero and Nora Chipaumire until 18 December 2018. This fall 2018, New Settings brings together thirteen shows supported in production, then presented in the Paris region. Two shows are also presented in New York. Their format and aesthetics differ, but all were imagined by artists who take the risk of venturing where they are not expected. 
 
À through its program New SettingsEvery year, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès supports artists who experiment with bushy forms, on the borderline between the performing and visual arts. For this eighth edition, the choreographer Vera Mantero draws inspiration from Ernesto de Sousa's theoretical research on Portuguese popular arts. Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto continues his exploration of the major genres of the Japanese theatrical tradition, while visual artist Virginie Yassef confronts the stage space by adapting a piece by the American master of anticipation literature, Ray Bradbury. Director Émilie Rousset and director Louise Hémon add a new chapter to their collaboration by reenacting on the set the conditions of a televised presidential debate.
 
Since its inception, New Settings has regularly accompanied artists at pivotal moments in their careers. This year, for example, the Anagoor company's Silver Lion at the 46th Venice International Theatre Festival, whose revival of Aeschylus' Orestie offers a great visual and poetic fresco. Or Nora Chipaumire's new show on the theme of feminine adolescence, presented in Paris, at the Théâtre de la Cité internationale, as well as in New York, with the FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française). Like Le Grand Débat, which she co-wrote with Louise Hémon, Émilie Rousset's second creation, supported by New Settings, is also on the programme of the Festival d'Automne in Paris.
 
One edition after another, it is always a question of accompanying projects as ambitious as they are singular. This year, Jeanne Candel is exploring other possibilities for the spatial setting of music, while choreographer Christos Papadopoulos has a new opportunity to perform on the stage of the Théâtre de la Ville, in Les Abbesses. His piece brings together a dozen dancers whose coordinated movements alternately express attraction and repulsion. A dozen dancers also perform Lia Rodrigues' new creation, which is performed successively in two venues, at Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse, then at the Centquatre-Paris, and is on the programme of the Festival d'Automne in Paris.
 
The Foundation marks its loyalty to several artists by accompanying them over the long term. After her participation in New Settings in 2016, Ola Maciejewska was inspired by an instrument invented by Léon Theremin to make dancing bodies and musical flights of fancy respond to each other. Following two solos presented as part of New Settings, Ali Moini moves on the collective's terrain and explores gestures that express the phenomena of force and pressure. Finally, Philippe Quesne abandons the underground stars of his previous show, supported in 2016, in favour of the outdoor adventures of the survivors of a mysterious plane crash.
 
These shows were selected through an annual call for projects, to which artists from all over the world are invited to respond, and through discussions held throughout the year with the programme's various partners: the Théâtre de la Cité internationale, the Festival d'Automne in Paris, the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, the Théâtre de la Ville, the Centre Pompidou and the FIAF - French Institute Alliance Française in New York.
 
Philippe Quesne, "Crash Park - Life on an Island"
Survivors of a burning plane upset the peaceful environment of an island, from 20 November to 9 December in Nanterre-Amandiers.
 
Lia Rodrigues"Fúria"
Carried by ten dancers, the Brazilian choreographer's performance conveys a sense of urgency. From November 30 to December 7 in Chaillot, then from December 12 to 15 in Centquatre-Paris.
 
Émilie Rousset & Louise Hémon, "Ritual 4: The Great Debate."
From 10 to 15 December, the director and the director reenact the traditional television showdown of the second round of the presidential election at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris.
 
Vera Mantero"As Práticas Propiciatórias dos Acontecimentos Futuros".
The choreographer is inspired by the work of the artist Ernesto de Sousa to question the link between popular and scholarly arts, on December 13 and 14 at the Théâtre de la Cité internationale.
 
Nora Chipaumire100 % Pop.
On December 17 and 18, at the Théâtre de la Cité internationale, one of the most prominent artists on the New York scene pays tribute to a model from her teenage years, Grace Jones.
                 

Shows presented in Île-de-France
 
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto Sambasô, divine dance
  • Ola Maciejewska, Dance Concert
  • Anagoor, ORESTEA / Agamennone, Schiavi, Conversio
  • Emilie Rousset, Meeting with Pierre Pica
  • Virginia Yassef, The Veldt.
  • Philippe Quesne, Crash Park, Life on an Island
  • Jeanne Candel, Half-Veronique
  • Christos Papadopoulos, ION
  • Ali Moini, Gaugemancy
  • Lia Rodrigues, Fúria
  • Émilie Rousset & Louise Hémon, Ritual 4: The Great Debate
  • Vera Mantero, As Práticas Propiciatórias dos Acontecimentos Futuros?
  • Nora Chipaumire, 100% Pop
 
Shows presented in New York
In partnership with FIAF/Festival Crossing the Line :
 
  • Boris Charmatz, 10000 gestures
  • Nora Chipaumire, 100% Pop
 
Headline photo: Lia Rodrigues, "Furia" 2018 - ©Sammi Landweer
 
 

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