DD Dorvillier - A catalogue of steps

► During the during. A catalogue of steps ► DD Dorvillier

► During the during. A catalogue of steps ► DD Dorvillier

Structured in a very intuitive way, A catalogue of steps was born out of a need for distance and reflection in examining my own history and reasons for dancing and making – figuring out how to deal with an artistic past that felt very different from my present and evolving one.

Its processual, archival, and multifaceted nature resembles that of a research project with an extended shelf-life. Unlike an archive stored in an old closet or hard drive, A catalogue of steps is a living project that asks to be visited and experienced at work, “during the during”.

In this online presentation I’ll unpack some of the main practices of our research. Beyond the accumulation of public visits in amazing places that the project represents, what holds my interest most deeply today is the experience of reflecting together on, in and with a dance, of observing how dances once made for long-gone places can hold many spaces at once including new and current ones, how learning a dance can be progressive rather than retrospective, and how dance affects language and language produces dance.

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Through her artistic practice, DD Dorvillier has always challenged pre-established definitions, including her own, of dance and choreography. By building works through physical, conceptual, and philosophical approaches she researches the complex relationships between gesture, spectatorship, embodiment, language, and perception, in a playful yet urgent manner. An approach to sound, light, and objects as quasi-linguistic materials is at the heart of her process. In recent years she has developed a special attention to how place and site inform her artistic work.

Before moving to France in 2010, she lived and worked in New York City for 20 years. In 1991 she and dancer/choreographer Jennifer Monson created the Matzoh Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For over a decade the studio was a grassroots haven for wild experimentation where artists congregated for shows, rehearsals and readings.

 

Her works have been extensively presented and produced in Europe and New York and she has received numerous awards. In 2008 she was artistic mentor (alongside Trajal Harrell) of the DanceWeb program at ImPulsTanz. She worked as Associated artist-researcher with the exerce MA program at ICI – CCN in Montpellier 2017-19 and is now the Associated Artist at the Centre de développement chorégraphique national (CDCN) “Le Dancing” in Dijon, France. In 2019 she and composer Sébastien Roux inaugurated La Corvette, a new grassroots space for research and experimentation in dance and music, in rural Burgundy, France.

 

DD Dorvillier was guest artist in Bucharest at eXplore festival 2019 edition, with No Change, or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” – a performance that has been considered a reference for the artist’s later works.

 

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The presentation is organized within the project SCORES ON A CATALOGUE OF STEPS
Production: WASP Studios, Co-Production: 4Culture Association

The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

 

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, ARTA Magazine, Designist, feeder.ro, IQads, Romania Pozitiva

Photo credit: DD Dorvillier

New video-art creations within Zoom In/Out. Immaterial performance project

Developed by 4Culture Association in partnership with Romanian Order of Architects – Bucharest branchNational Heritage InstituteLife Long Burning European network and Bucharest Architecture Annual 2020, “Zoom In / Out-Immaterial performance” project invited contemporary artists active in visual arts, cinematography and  performing arts field, in an approach to research the theme of housing and the effects that the deprivation of direct contact with the environment – the market, the office, the nature, have on the perception of time and body.

In times when the routine of a program that keeps the time-space relationship in the same framework like we were used to, by providing precise landmarks, is expanding, making room for a gray perception area, the project proposes an artistic introspection approach on our position in society, on the roles we play and on the absurd of living when space becomes singular. These have been translated into practices that aims to modify or even change what determines the body ecology and the experience of living, through a series of video art creations that spread a message of hope that things can be different.

The performing spaces are contemporary achievements of Bucharest architects, works awarded by international juries within the Bucharest Architecture Annual. Photos realized by Diana Păun, visual artist.

Anton Pann Memorial House 

AuthorsConstantin Goagea, Justin Baroncea, Anastasia David, Alexandru Condrea (Zeppelin Design)

Prize of the „Interior Design / Exhibitions, expo-stands and scenography Design” section, Bucharest Architecture Annual 2019

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Authors: arh. Sorin Istudor, arh. Kalliopi Dimou, arh. Claudia Trufaș, arh. Ștefan Păvăluță (skaarchitects)

Project nominated at the “Interior design architecture / hotel-restaurant-café design” section, Bucharest Architecture Annual 2019

Office Building, 32 Dorobanti Street

Author: arh. Dan Marin (Ideart)

Prize of the “Built Architecture / Public Architecture” section, Bucharest Architecture Annual 2019

The video creations were premiered, within the dialogue between Emil Ivănescu, Bucharest Architecture Annual’s curator, OAR Bucharest president and Andreea Căpitănescu, curator and artistic director eXplore festival. The dialogue was broadcasted online in the frame of eXplore festival # 15, on October 25, 2020.

Event details and the recorded dialogue here ->  https://fb.me/e/cRwhwHbhb

Emil Ivănescu is architect and president of the Romanian Order of Architects – Bucharest Branch. In 2004, he graduated Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism and in 2011 the PhD in architecture, with the work: „Corpul postorganic și arhitectura ambiguității” (”The Postorganic Body and the Architecture of Ambiguity”). In 2012 Emil won the contest for designing the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and in 2014 the design for the Romanian Cultural Institute Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

4Culture AssociationWASP Studios and OAR Bucharest / Architecture Annual started their partnership  within Ergonomica project in 2017 and continued with Performance, Architecture and Landscape in 2019.

Andreea Căpitănescu is a Ph.D candidate at National University of Arts in Bucharest, artist, choreographer and performer, president and co-founder partner of 4Culture Association. She initiated and developed several international projects, as cultural manager, curator and artist: eXplore festival – International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival (since 2005), European projects Life Long Burning (2013-2018, 2018-2022) and Jardin d’Europe (2008-2013), EEA Grants Foreign bodies (2014-2016), WASP – Working Art Space and Production, Bucharest (independent space for contemporary art, founded in 2012), curator and artistic director of WASP Studios (since 2015), curator for performaning arts programme of Europalia Arts Festival (2019-2020).

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Artistic team:

Andreea Căpitănescu, curator

Ilinca Hărnuț, Diana Spiridon, Flavia Giurgiu, Geta Corca, Vlad Benescu, choreography and performance

Alexandru Mihai, cinematography, edit and color grading

Andrei Raicu, sound design

Diana Păun, visual artist

Emil Ivănescu, architect

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Zoom In/Out. Immaterial performance

Producer: 4Culture Association

Co-Producer: WASP Studios

Cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Partners: Romanian Order of Architects – Bucharest Branch,  National Heritage Institute, 2020 Bucharest Architecture Annual, The National Romanian Literature Museum

Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Designist, feeder.ro, IQads, România Pozitivă

The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

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Urban Incursions in the Visual // discussions with Ilinca Păun Constantinescu, Micheline Dufert, Manon Istasse, moderator Andreea Căpitănescu

The Urban incursions in the visual project is a continuation of WASP Studios‘ efforts to investigate the relationship between art and public space, between built heritage and nature, with a main focus on body memory and community.

Conceived as a transdisciplinary project, Urban incursions in the visual brings together professionals from the field of visual arts, new media and performance, with architects and urban planners from Romania and Belgium.

Ilinca Păun Constantinescu, Micheline Dufert, Manon Istasse are invited to a discussion moderated by Andreea Căpitănescu, on Friday, 23.10.2020, from 15:00, online on the  WASP Magazine and eXplore festival pages.
The recorded discussion will be available to the online public from October 23 to November 5, 2020.

Micheline Dufert – urban explorer, in the company of her partner Francis Pourcel, route tracers who break the territorial barriers of their city in Charleroi. Through their blog – cheminsdesterrils.be – and their exploratory guided tours, Micheline questions the links of love / hate towards the landscape. Micheline tries telling a story about the landscape and together they “made” the Black Loop.

The Black Loop: through industrial landscapes, post-industrial, urban and semi-rural areas of Charleroi, a signposted trail connected to the Great European Hiking Trails runs along the city’s founding watercourses, along with castles and industrial cathedrals, ancient lanes, sneaks into an English park, crosses old railway lines reassigned for the walk, invites people into a glaucous tunnel, passes through the walls, explores the remains of a mining site, a walk in a reinvented forest, climbing heaps of balconies on the city, crosses slag-territories.

Micheline Dufert, with Francis Pourcel, have been working with the Boucle Noire/Black Loop project in Charleroi for years.

Charleroi, after decades of glory, has undergone impressive transformation. Charleroi still has a loud industrial past with contrasted landscapes and housing.

Micheline and Francis, as walkers and urban explorers, projected a long trail waypath in the surrounding of the city in 2013 to reconnect unhabitants with their landscape after 20 years of economic depression. The hike way runs through the West district and shows among neighborhoods old steel factories, blast furnace, remains of coal mines, former railways tunnel, slag heaps, and focuses on the features of the lanscape surrounding the metropolitan. Boucle Noire/Black Loop had been finally connected to international landmarked waypath Sentiers de Grande Randonnée. Boucle Noire/ Black Loop is not only an urban hike waypath but an experience as pedestrians through the suburbs of an ex industrial city with social and urbanistic specificities to explore, understand or contemplate.

Born in Bucharest in 1982, Ilinca Păun Constantinescu earned her PhD degree in architecture in 2013. She currently practices architecture at Ideogram Studio, teaches theory of architecture at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism Bucharest, and leads cultural projects within the IDEILAGRAM Association. Together with her team from IDEILAGRAM, she edited `Shrinking Cities in Romania. Orașe românești în declin` (DOM publishers&MNAC Press 2019) and realized researches and exhibitions such as: Shrinking Cities in Romania (MNAC Bucharest, 2016), On Housing (Timco Halls Timișoara, 2018), Uranus Now (MNAC, 2019, initiated by S.Ghenciulescu and D.Hasnas). For the past years she has been actively involved in the post-industrial regeneration project of Petrila, one of the largest participatory project ever carried out in Romania, initiated by an internationally recognized local artist, taken over by a group of architects in a snowball effect.

Manon Istasse is anthropologist. She got her Ph.D degree in 2013 after investigating why and how non-professionals (or amateurs) get involved in knowing and preserving cultural heritage. She carried out researches in Morocco (Fez), France (Amiens and Lyon) and Belgium (Charleroi). She currently works at the Charleroi Cultural Center (Eden), where she gives interest – among others – to the local territory – Charleroi and its surroundings. Knowing and sharing about this territory is a Cultural Center’s core mission. It leads to a variety of activities : conferences, workshops, digital participative mapping, and walks with Micheline et Francis for discovering the territory and its landscapes.

URBAN INCURSIONS IN THE VISUAL

Production: WASP Studios

Co-Production: 4Culture Association

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, ARTA Magazine, Designist, Feeder, IQads, Romania Pozitiva

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Practising solo collective Installations and video performances, presented for the first time within eXplore festival, 15th edition

Bucharest, October 21st 2020

Practising solo collective

Instalații și video performance-uri, prezentate în premieră în cadrul eXplore festival, ediția 15

WASP Studios presents in October the results of the project Practising solo collective, carried out online and at WASP Working Art Space and Production between July-October 2020, results consisting of new solo creations by Flavia Giurgiu, Geta Corca, Diana Spiridon, Ilinca Hărnuț, Aurora Király, curator Andreea Căpitănescu.

Practising solo collective is a collective research approach proposed by the curator of the project of a group of contemporary artists, that agreed to expose themselves and explore, in the personal creative process, information on practices and approaches belonging to female figures from different fields than those they commonly use  in their current research.

Finding its inspiration in references – iconic images and films from art history, dance history and contemporary performance, „Practising solo collective” develops poems into images, it questions the relation with time, different levels of reality and image.

Through a cinematographic deconstruction, the project overexposes themes about identity and feminist experiment, both in the domestic space and in nature. The visual references include representative artists for the history of feminism, offering the historical perspective of diversity and evolutions of expression through dance, performance, photography and video-art

 GEORGETA CORCA I could no longer play’/ Performance video

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Choreography and interpretation: Georgeta Corca

Image and editing: Alexandru Mihai

Music: Andrei Raicu

 I could no longer play is a video tribute to photographer, Francesca Woodman, (April 3, 1958 – January 19, 1981). Those who die young are always shrouded in mystery, leaving us with questions about what they would have become if they had lived. Suicide is a taboo subject, which attracts fascination, especially when the person is known and talented. Francesca died at the age of only twenty-two, leaving behind an exceptional legacy. The film tells the story of Francesca and was created by reinterpreting some photos of the artist.

Georgeta Corca is a graduate of the “Andrei Mureșanu” Pedagogical High School in Brașov and a graduate of the Faculty of Theater within the University of Theater and Cinematography “I.L. Caragiale ”, Choreography section. Her training as a performer has its roots in artistic gymnastics and capoeira. Over time, she gained experience participating in numerous workshops and collaborated with various choreographers such as Thomas Stayert, Sergiu Matiș, Valentina de Piante Niculae, Simona Deaconescu, Inger Reidun Olsen and many others. She is the winner of the ALT National Choreography Contest 2014.

The film was presented at WASP Working Art Space and Production at eXplore festival #15, on October 17, 2020 and online on the facebook pages of eXplore festival, WASP Studios and 4Culture.

FLAVIA GIURGIU ‘Faceless’ /  Performance installation

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I forgot the faces. The light makes a streak on the wall. I can remember the shape. I look there until the streak widens and the light grows larger and I enter in that space completely.

And I remember.

All.

All I have forgotten.

Flavia Giurgiu graduated ”Octavian Stroia” Dramatic Art and Choreography College and Faculty of Theatre and Television, ”Babeș-Bolyai” University. Cluj-Napoca. In her artistic practice, Flavia wants to combine the scenic movement and contemporary dance with the performative art and also with the theatrical space. In 2019, Flavia Giurgiu was invited as performer within the new production, MONUMENT 0.8 Manifestations, by Eszter Salamon, a Studio E.S / Elodie Perrin and WASP Studios production, curated by Andreea Căpitănescu. The work was presented for the first time at Kaaitheater, Bruxelles, within Europalia Arts Festival in January 2020.

Faceless was presented at WASP Working Art Space and Production at eXplore festival #15, on October 17, 2020 and online on the facebook pages of eXplore festival, WASP Studios and 4Culture.

ILINCA HĂRNUȚ‚ Nevermind the Big Picture’ / Performative Video Installation

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The installation explores the ambivalent relationship of the contemporary individual with reality, the inert sliding on the concrete surface towards the hypnotic vortex of the hyperreal. Initially inspired by the way Laurie Simmons uses dolls as avatars of the author in a quasi-utopian world, the installation “Nevermind the Big Picture” uses the immobility of the two toy women as a bridge between the oppressive and dysfunctional reality captured in the video projection and the rhythmic video frenzy of the small screen. The two dolls function as symbolic representatives: artificial figurines, optimized, in line with social expectations and the pressure to embody the lack of reaction and freezing into beauty, materializing the ideal of femininity that we still can not get rid of.

Ilinca Hărnuț is an actress, screenwriter and multimedia artist. She graduated from UNATC I. L. Caragiale, acting department, and is currently a PhD student at UNARTE. Through the work of cross-sectoral artistic research, she tries to explore the areas of intersection between reality and fiction and how to recompose reality as fiction and through the prism of fiction.

The Nevermind the Big Picture installation was presented to the public for the first time at eXplore festival # 15, on October 17 and 18, at WASP Working Art Space and Production and online on the facebook pages of eXplore festival, WASP Studios and 4Culture. The installation can be visited until October 25, by appointment by email at contact@waspmagazine.com.

AURORA KIRÁLY ‚50s sau Soft Despair’ / Installation laboratory

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“50s or Soft Despair” is an installation about the biological and psychological threshold of middle age, about moments of balance and analysis, about impulses coming from society at a time when new changes in perception are required; but also about ‘dumb’ states, about unrecognized or unaccepted desires, about the remodeling of identity at different ages.

The installation uses a series of female silhouettes in selected positions in the dance area (following artists who forced creative barriers – conceptually or through the way they used movement and body, but also forgotten artists, whose contribution is under / reevaluated), relying on a sculptural theatricality: the silhouettes illustrate both idealized or romantic bodies and movements and bodies that speak of female power and determination or of conflicting states, etc. The silhouettes intersect these vertical planes, a balance between abstract elements with a scenographic / background role and these figurative presences – body ‘solos’. All elements are made of felt, a material that has both softness and firmness.

Quoted artists: Mary Wigman, Meredith Monk, Lucinda Childs, Yvonne Rainer, Marie Chouinard, Mette Ingvartsen, Mette Edvardsen.

Aurora Király approaches the field of contemporary art from various perspectives, as an artist, curator, cultural manager. She has been teaching at the Department of Photography and Dynamic Imagery of the National University of Arts in Bucharest since 2007. Her current works call into question the sources the contemporary artist uses in choosing the themes and how he or she relates to the recent context / history / art history. She is also preocuppied by the influence of international trends and the art market on artistic production, the creation and practices of artists who “listen” and assume their own “voice”.

 The 50s or Soft Despair installation was presented to the public for the first time at eXplore festival # 15, on October 17 and 18, at WASP Working Art Space and Production and online on the facebook pages of eXplore festival, WASP Studios and 4Culture. The installation can be visited until October 25, by appointment by email at contact@waspmagazine.com.

DIANA SPIRIDON‚ Reenactment Francesca Woodman’ / Performance

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The idea for the solo started with the publication of the writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ‘The yellow wallpaper’, from 1892. The work, a symbol of the American feminist current, has as main character a woman suffering from a mental illness, as a result of which she becomes obsessed with the wallpaper of the room in where she lives. We found a similar atmosphere in the photos of the artist Francesca Woodman. The solo is a reenactment of selected works of the artist, some of them becoming stylized in motion. Together with some recorded passages from the short story, they will be the sound background of the performance, forming a connection between the two artists.

Diana Spiridon graduated in 2007 from the “Floria Capsali” Choreography High School in Bucharest, and in the period 2007-2009 she studied in the ‘Bachelor of dance’ program at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, CODARTS – University of Arts. In 2013 she was part of the project “An immaterial retrospective of the Venice Biennale” created by Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuș, presented at the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art.

The performance  ‘Reenactment Francesca Woodman’ was presented to the public for the first time at eXplore festival # 15, on October 17, at WASP Working Art Space and Production, and online on the facebook pages of eXplore festival, WASP Studios and 4Culture.

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PRACTISING SOLO COLLECTIVE

Production: WASP Studios

Co-producer: 4Culture Association

Project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

Partners: The Romanian Order of Architects – Bucharest, Architecture Annual Bucharest 2020

The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Designist, feeder.ro, IQads, Romania Pozitiva

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