Maija Hirvanen – Mesh

On a milky white stage four dancers lie down as if sleeping. A windy sound caresses their bodies and it seems that someone enters their dreams – otherwise why would their bodies move in a crescendo, as if electrified? 

Soa Ratsifandrihana – gr oo ve

June in Centre National de la Danse Pantin, I enter an empty stage with the audience murmuring on four sides. The intimate ambience bonds us like a family, longing for a blackout moment to travel into gr oo ve, the first creation by Soa Ratsifandrihana. 

Spring Academy 2022

You can find below the links to my feature & reviews The Spring Forward 2022 menu CHOREOMANIACS Simona DeaconescuThe movement creates a sensory dimension to the voice-over, enhancing our empathy towards those distant people. In addition, this 40-minute performance recalls our recent pandemic experience while sadly ignorant people are always present, either attributing dance to …

« My First” series (3): Online LIVE Performance

Reservation, confirmation, foyer, entrance, performance and after-show talk. A few days after the end of containment, May 17th precisely, online, I had my first post-pandemic LIVE performance. Like many festivals, auawirleben in Bern decided to go online this year and the word "live" really caught my attention. In addition, I like the theme. It must …

« My First » series (2): Online Dance Festival

March 19. Spring Forward postponed.April 2. THE SHOW MUST GO ON - LINE. Online edition announced.April 13. Open for registration.April 21. 650 registrations already!April 24. Day 1. If someone asks me to define "Agility" in the future, I will take this example. The ideation took less than two weeks and full preparation lasted around 5 …

Food for thought

Since the lockdown, unplanning has replaced planning: dance performances, concerts, theaters and associated travels. I am eager to go back to theaters and fully defend the importance of being physically in cultural venues. I want to cite A.O. Scott here: "Art is a way of knowing, of seeing and feeling, the borders that separate work …

« My First » series (1): Zoom with a Choreographer

Last December, when Catherine Zavodska, funder of Les Mécènes de la Danse, released the date for Jan Marten's Passing the Bechdel Test and the after-show talk, I regretted not being able to participate due to my travel plan for dance. A few months later, Passing the Bechdel Test cancelled. My travel cancelled. But I "met" …