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MOVE Festival at the Centre Pompidou : 3rd edition

MOVE, an annual event launched in 2017, is at the intersection of dance, performance and the moving image by imagining a space and a time for reflection around contemporary bodies and the different ways in which performance is exhibited: over time, in spaces traditionally not devoted to dance, in places and with different points of view. By exhibiting the performance in these new places, MOVE questions the social choreography of the museum institution, its codes, its movements, its uses as well as the new ways of presenting the performance. From 24 May to 8 June 2019 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris IVe.
Por this third edition, MOVE proposes works that address the question of identities, diasporas and memories inscribed in the body, sometimes at an unconscious level, and their resurgence through gesture. Memory is usually associated with the past as an image-remembrance, carrying within it a notion of mark or imprint.
It has often been said that the twenty-first century is fascinated by the past and in particular the legacy of violence and disasters where collective and individual memories mingle. Recently, research in epigenetics has assumed that our DNA does not reproduce mathematically but is influenced by our lifestyles, emotions, social or love life, as well as the traumatic events of existence. These bodily memories, which are not necessarily conscious, can be explored through gesture.
Among the highlights of the 2019 edition, the artist Tarik Kiswanson presents a new installation designed specifically for Forum -1 at the Centre Pompidou, in line with his writing and performance work. The exhibition brings together an installation conceived by Emilie Pitoiset based on dance marathons organised during the Great Depression in the United States, set against the backdrop of the cold wave era, and two films by Evan Ifekoya mixing body memories and identification.
Vidéodanse offers a selection of dance films questioning the body as a repository of memories and a programme of theatrical performances by various artists including Daisuke Kosugi, Lenio Kaklea and Than Hussein Clark.
Tarik Kiswanson, "Flowers for my fathers", 2018, courtesy of the artist, Carlier I Gebauer and Almine Rech Gallery, ©Gunter Lepkowski.

Exhibition Forum -1: Tarik KISWANSON

Tarik Kiswanson was born in 1986 in Sweden. He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins in London and of the Beaux-Arts in Paris. He has recently shown his work at the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard in Paris (2018), the RMCA in Sérignan, the Mudam in Luxembourg (2017) and Anticipations - Fondation d'entreprise des Galeries Lafayette (2018).
In 2019 he will participate in the 5th Ural Biennale in Ekaterineburg in September and will present a new commission at the Performa 19 Biennale in New York.
Tarik Kiswanson's installation brings together sculpture, sound creation and performance in the tradition of her poetry-writing work. Based on research into pre-adolescence, an age marked by fragility and a form of lucidity about the world, the artist has composed a collection of poems in several chapters to be performed by young boys.
The texts are an immersion in a reflection on the human condition evoking at the same time the contemporary corporalities and the borders between countries as well as between beings or more generally, the porosity between two states that everything seems to oppose at the beginning. The thoughts of mixing, the poetics of crossbreeding as well as the writings of Edouard Glissant are at the centre of Tarik Kiswanson's work.
Of hybrid culture, his heritage is built at the crossroads of a family life in the Middle East (his family emigrated from Palestine in the 1980s) and his subsequent evolution in Sweden and Western countries. Sculptor, writer, performer, Tarik Kiswanson manipulates several materials at the same time: text and words in a work imbued with poetry, fragments and rhythms; sound through polyphonies mixing voices and various sounds recorded during his travels; metal, finally, in sculptures that function like weavings, interweaving various references, literally infused with the family heritage.
The installation takes into account the architecture of the Forum-1 space, as well as its own character as a place of passage in the heart of the Centre Pompidou, which can be seen from different points of view. It consists of a sound creation recorded notably with children's voices diffused throughout the space and a suspended sculpture made of metal strips, a recurring material for the artist who uses its diffracting and reflective properties.
Performances by the young boys will animate the installation at certain times. The text will evoke themes such as displacement, the multiple self and desire. It will address the experience of a child from the first generation of immigrants, whose growth and adulthood accompany a similar process in his community, of mixing and merging different languages and idioms in full transformation.
A new film " I tried as hard as I could ", prelude to " Out of Place " which takes up the title of Edward Saïd's memoirs, will follow the transformation of a young boy and his questions about uprooting.
Performances on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6pm. Tarik Kiswanson will offer two readings in space on Sunday, May 26th and Saturday, June 8th at 5pm.
A meeting with the artist will be organized on May 26th at 6 pm.

Exhibition Forum -1: Emilie PITOISET, "TAINTED LOVE"

Emilie Pitoiset was born in 1980, she lives and works in Paris. Her work brings into play the resistance of bodies through dance, rituals, sexuality, money. She deploys a visual grammar that freely borrows from black cinema, the new novel, secret societies and the ideals and fantasies of popular culture from the 1920s onwards. She has exhibited at the FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims, the Palais de Tokyo and the Schirn Museum in Frankfurt. She has presented performances at the CND or Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong.
 Emilie Pitoiset's practice, marked by her early experience as a gymnast, turns from the very beginning to issues related to the vocabulary of dance, the porous links between visual arts and choreography and the apprehension of the medium of exhibition as that of a dance performance. In 2017, she conceives an exhibition at Le Confort Moderne inspired by a theme that has long fascinated her: the dance marathons organised in the United States during the Great Depression, which she links with the 1980s and the cold wave, a time when AIDS was discovered and the advent of conservative governments in the United States and Great Britain, which testify to a hardening of social and intimate relationships, heralding our neo-liberal era.

Exhibition Forum -1: Evan IFEKOYA

Evan Ifekoya was born in 1988 in Nigeria and lives and works in London. Her recent exhibitions include De Appel, Amsterdam (2019), Gasworks, London (2018), New Orleans Contemporary Art Centre as part of Prospect 4; Serpentine Gallery, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire (2017). Recent performances include : Block Universe (in collaboration with Victoria Sin) and Camden Arts Centre, London (2018); ICA, London and KW Institute, Berlin (2017).
The artist works with different mediums, installation, sound and performance. Her research explores the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound as a medium, centered on co-creation, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of performance. His current project "A Score, A Groove, A Phantom" explores the archives of blackness, sociality and heritage and its dissemination in queer nightlife and contemporary trauma.
BBall Curriculum, 2012, Video, 4'53 The BBall Curriculum movie is an investigation of the male body in relation to that of the artist through scenes of homosocial bonds where men dance, play ball and maraudent. Each of these representations shows men moving in unison in a continuous loop, while the artist's body is presented isolated and obscured. Although based on the typically masculine fields of economics, philosophy, sports and technology, these repetitions of movement form a strangely hypnotic meditation.
Nature/Nurture sketch, 2013, Video, 6'. This video is part of a series of 4 music videos that attempt to "queer" the format of the video clip. The double projection shows the artist on the left trying to reproduce a traditional dance from West Africa (where his mother comes from) and improvising on the screen on the right.
A meeting with the artist will be proposed on June 1st at 5 pm.

VIDEODANCE 24 May - 9 June, 11am - 9pm, Forum -1

Videodanse punctuates the MOVE festival by interrogating the body as a site of memories. The programme presents a selection of films around Butô danse des ténèbres, born in Japan in the torments of post-Hiroshima with films presenting the creations of choreographers Tatsumi Hijikata, Carlotta Ikeda and Kazuo Ohno.
The looped programme also features a selection of films by Babette Mangolte based on Trisha Brown's emblematic pieces "Roof Piece on the High Line" and "Lateral Pass" that the choreographer has recreated over time, as well as a film on contact improvisation dance invented by Steve Paxton based on the dancers' body masses and the supports between them.
Issues of migration and family history will be addressed through "Le Cargo" by Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula and "Noir Blue" by Brazilian artist Ana Pi.

Indoor performances

CeciliaBENGOLEA, " FAVORITE POSITIONS " 26 MAY, 19H, Small room 
Cecilia Bengolea was born in 1979 in Buenos Aires. She trained in urban dances and studied anthropological dance. She collaborates regularly with François Chaignaud. For the past few years, she has turned to the visual arts by creating films and performances.
His work has been shown in numerous festivals such as Tanz im August Berlin, the Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels or Block Universe in London. Recently, she was part of the Desert X biennial in California.
Favorite Positions is a series of animated sculptures inspired by the spirit of the octopus, suggesting a body without boundaries - a totally liquid being, born from a state of constant repetition. The spirit and the rhythms that infuse this body move in several directions at once. Sweat and tropical rains further dissolve the boundaries between inside and outside, reminding us that the internal body fluid is an electrical conductor that functions for the body in the same way as the synapses in the brain - creating new pathways and enabling communication that redefines sensibility.
The movements that interest the artist are those in which the body is driven by a physical intelligence of its own. Through ritual and repetition, the arms, legs and torso seem to develop an independent memory. This new proposal uses the figure of the octopus - liquid oceanic intelligence - as a bridge between Yoruba and Dancehall cultures and contemporary ideas of the sacred and profane. The body is presented both in its immobile sculptural form and as an active choreographic being - one immobile and evanescent, the other a succession of eternities.
Daisuke KOSUGI, PART (IE) 31 MAY, 8 PM, Small room
Daisuke Kosugi is an artist born in Japan in 1984 who lives in Oslo. He took Norwegian nationality a few years ago by giving up his Japanese nationality. His works (installations, films, performances) question questions of nationality, gender and memory. He has exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale in 2016 and at the Charlottenborg Kunsthal in Copenhagen. He will soon show his work at the Jeu de Paume.
"Share (ie) 1" is based on a comparison of the differences between the French and English scripts of the opening sequence of Alain Resnais' film "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959). Two performers recite the script, one in French and the other in English, line by line on a stage. A rhythm is created by the intervals of sound and silence caused by the differences between the scripts, allowing listeners to physically detect areas where information is missing.
The opening sequence of the film will be projected onto the stage, but modified to follow the speed of the recitations by the performers. Fugacity of memory is a key theme of the original film. With this performance, the artist evokes the subversion of memory that occurs in the process of transferring from one cultural context to another.
PELMUS manual, "BORDERLINES" MAY 31, 8:30 PM, Small room
Born in Bucharest in 1974, Manuel Pelmus lives and works between Oslo and the Romanian capital. Trained as a choreographer, his work tends towards the visual arts, which he has presented notably at the Tate Modern in London, the Tate Liverpool, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the OFF-Biennale in Budapest, the Kiev Biennale, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Para Site Hong Kong and the Venice Biennale.
In Borderlines, The artist revisits past performances and personal histories and aggregates notions of visibility and invisibility in relation to history and the politics of representation. These stories move in a playful way through time and space, updating and reflecting on the notion of frontiers, be they political frontiers or those between artistic disciplines. The artist evokes her own memories of border crossings prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
João Pedro Vale (Lisbon, 1976) and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira (Torres Vedras, 1973) live and work in Lisbon, where they have been collaborating on sculpture, photography, performance, exhibition and film projects since 2004.
The themes of their work revolve around queer identities, community building, migration and global capitalism.
João Pedro Vale graduated in sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and studied at the Maumaus School. Nuno Alexandre Ferreira studied sociology at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon. They are currently preparing solo exhibitions for Galeria da Avenida da India and MAAT in Lisbon, and a project for LIAF2019 in Lofoten, Norway. This performance reading is intended to restore dissident memories of the process of integration and assimilation to their rightful place, which according to Albano Cordeiro, a native of Luso and sociologist, has led the Portuguese community to become "an invisible community that has erased its own memory".
The project is inspired by the letter published in Le Monde on 9 January 2018 by Victor Pereira and Hugo dos Santos, which expressed its opposition to the manipulation of the history and memory of Portuguese immigration. This letter cited Portuguese emigration as an example of good integration as opposed to the bad example of new immigrants from the Maghreb.
Individual stories are explored, such as that of Lorette de Jesus Fonseca, a Portuguese immigrant woman who, in the late 1960s, was a community activist and leader of the protest movement fighting against the demolition of the Massy slum; the Ducky Boys, a multiracial pro-violence group founded in 1983 by the Portuguese João Cordeiro to combat xenophobic and racist attacks by skinhead gangs against immigrant communities; Mário Cesariny, a Portuguese homosexual writer who was imprisoned in Fresnes in 1964 for indecent assault, and Jérôme Rodrigues, a native of Luso and a member of the Yellow Vests, famous for the rubber bullet that left him blind in one eye in one of the movement's many operations.
With the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
11am-10pm: Tarik Kiswanson Installation
11h-22h: Installation Emilie Pitoiset
11am-10pm: Screening Evan Ifekoya
11h-22h: Videodance
FRIDAY, MAY 24TH 6:00 pm : Varnishing MOVE (F-1)
5:00 p.m.: Reading by Tarik Kiswanson (F-1)
6pm: Meeting with Tarik Kiswanson (PS)
7pm: Performance Cecilia Bengolea (PS)
MONDAY 27 MAY 6pm: Performance Tarik Kiswanson (F-1)
6pm: Performance Tarik Kiswanson (F-1)
8pm: Performance by Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings (PS)
6pm: Performance by Tarik Kiswanson (F-1)
8pm: Performance by Daisuke Kosugi (PS)
20h30 : Performance by Manuel Pelmus (PS)
SATURDAY JUNE 1 17h: Meeting with Evan Ifekoya (PS)
MONDAY 3 JUNE 6pm: Performance by Tarik Kiswanson (F-1)
6pm: Performance by Tarik Kiswanson (F-1)
8pm: Performance Joao Pedro Vale & Nuno Alexandre Ferreira (PS)
8:30 pm: Performance by Lenio Kaklea (PS)
6pm: Performance by Tarik Kiswanson (F-1)
8pm: Performance by Than Hussein Clark (PS)
6pm: Performance by Tarik Kiswanson (F-1)
8pm: Performance by Emilie Pitoiset (PS)
SATURDAY 8 JUNE 5:00 p.m.: Reading by Tarik Kiswanson (F-1)
Header photo : Videodanse Staging -Lateral ©Babette Mangolte


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