What next? By Emma Martin

Emma Martin_Tundra © Ros KavanaghConceiving and creating a new work is like capturing the detailed minutiae of a dream, except it’s in the future… I don’t think we surrender ourselves to the wild plains of our imagination enough. Art is about creating an elemental experience of life, which the audience is invited to participate in along with the performers.

Within modul-dance, I’ve had research modules at Art Station Foundation in Poznań, Poland and at Plesna Izba in Maribor, Slovenia; and residencies in CSC Bassano del Grappa, Italy and CDC Toulouse in France.

In Poland, in March 2013, I spent half of my time in Poznań, writing, working alone in the studio, chatting to other artists and spending time with an enthusiastic ethnography student from Adam Mickiewicz University, listening to polish lore and folk stories; and the second half in Warsaw, dwarfed by the wind-chilled, wide grey boulevards, and felt the constant shadow of Stalin’s Palace of Science and Culture, absorbing the vibrations (and -8 degrees celsius temperatures) of this multi war surviving “phoenix city”. Read more of this post

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Modul-dance experience. By Ioannis Mandafounis & May Zahry

Ioannis Mandafounis & May Zahry_Pausing © Emmanuelle Bayart (5)Developing our piece Pausing within the context of modul-dance has been a significant experience for us. As in our work, we are always interested in sharing voices through collaboration, we found this context of modul-dance somehow corresponding to this desire – a group of dance houses collaborating in order to bring forward an idea and allow creation to emerge.

Specifically for us, during the creation we went through the residencies in the Duncan Center in Athens and Graner in Barcelona- places which without the frame of modul-dance would be difficult to get to. The two houses were extremely inspiring and rich for the work – the space in Duncan center as well as its amazing surrounding and atmosphere which Penelope nurtures had an essential impact on the process. Also the possibility to meet other artists and share like our meeting with the other residents at that time – Marcos and Pablo has been super inspiring and simply joyful. Read more of this post

“Lil’dragon”, by Eric Minh Cuong Castaing

Lil’dragon has been performed about a dozen times, in Vienna and on national and regional stages in France. What comes to my mind above all with this piece is the impact of working with children… the impact on stage (which is something we expected even before getting down to work) and the impact on the creative process.

In fact, there have been as many different creations as groups of children. We knew it and we were looking forward to it but experiencing it was something else. So that is what I would most like to tell you about today.

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Children are a living material for the stage: they bring reality to it. Each group was also a social material that gave a different colouring to the stage, which is something that greatly inspired us.

In Vienna, for example, the children were already aware of what dance involves. We had our fears because we didn’t want any formatting. One of the little girls had already adopted the ballet posture and she even came on tiptoes to the rehearsals. In this case, however – just as always – we quickly saw that children are children in their childish bodies. They hadn’t anchored other people’s gazes within themselves and we were quickly able to work on their interiority and their interiority’s expressivity, which is what we actually want to deal with. In fact, with these Viennese children, we were even surprised to see that this task was easier than usual on certain levels: they were more familiar with learning a choreography but they preserved this quality of spontaneous bodies that we wished to present. Read more of this post

Interview with La Zampa

Romuald Luydlin talks about Spekies and the artistic collaboration with Magali Milian, both members of the company La Zampa.

Interview done during the residency done at Graner (Mercat de les Flors) in Barcelona in November 2013.

La Zampa is one of the modul-dance artists. Proposed for the project by CDC Toulouse, the company was selected in 2011 to develop a project named “Spekies”. The piece was premiered a few days ago at CDC Toulouse.

More modul-dance videos on http://www.numeridanse.tv.

5 modul-dance artists performing in Toulouse

A new edition of the Festival International CDC-Des Migrations will take place in Toulouse very soon. From the 2nd to the 19th April, 17 artists will present their works at one of the 8 venues participating. Its interesting artistic program includes four shows developed under the umbrella of the modul-dance project.

Hooman Sharifi will present Then love was found and set the World on fire. The piece derives its visual expression from the videos posted on the Internet which documented the popular revolts ocurred in Iran in 2009. Magali Milian and Romuald Luydlin will premiere Spekies, an approach to shape and premonition that they lead in the company of a guitar-player and the author of modern detective stories, Caryl Férey. Pausing is the title of the project developed by Ioannis Mandafounis and May Zarhy. It moves between dance and physical movement, imaginary scenarios and slices of reality creating an intimate spectacle. Eugénie Rebetez and her one-woman show entitled Encore blend song, dance and humour to create a unique language. Rebetez goes against trends and performs in a light-veined and cheeky register.

Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz, 2012 modul-dance selected artists, will perform a previous work, Fora de qualquer presente, a disturbing blend of precise writing and choreography which builds progressively using onomatopoeic gestures. In their universe, time goes backwards and the body follows this fleeing motion.