No Change, or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” performance, at eXplore festival #14 on September 27, 2019

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The American choreographer DD Dorvillier will participate at eXplore festival #14 with the performance No Change, or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” (2005), on September 27, at WASP – Working Art Space and Production, 7:30 pm. The artist will also conduct a workshop on the same day, between 11:00 and 13:00, at WASP.

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No Change, or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill”

Concept: DD Dorvillier

Performers: DD Dorvillier, Elizabeth Ward, Seth Cluet

Lighting design: Thomas Dunn

Sound design: Seth Cluett

Costumes: Kelly Horrigan, Jesica Beebe

Production coordinator: Jeff Englander​

Commissioned by Danspace Project in 2005, as part of its Out-of-Space series, No Change or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” is a pivotal moment in Dorvillier’s artistic trajectory, and marks an important conceptual and aesthetic shift in her artistic approach. A reference for subsequent works, the piece was re-commissioned in 2010 by Danspace Project as part of its 2010 Platform, “certain difficulties, certain joy” curated by Trajal Harrel.

No Change or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” presupposes a horizontality in the relationships between object, body, movement, sound, performer, and spectator, and this premise underscores all its actions. The piece foregrounds the use of sound as a means of tracing invisible actions – sound as an object, sound as a protagonist. It plays with groundlessness within a chaotic terrain of in-between spaces and events and proposes unmediated action as a form of sharp thinking. Its promise to itself is that there are no mistakes.

DD Dorvillier was born on June 14, 1967, in San Juan Puerto Rico. She received a BA in Dance in 1989 from Bennington College in Vermont. Creating performances exclusively in and for New York City since 1989, Dorvillier began developing her works in other places starting around 2004, settling in France in 2010. Her work with her company human future dance corps has been shown in New York at The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, and Performance Space 122,  among others, and in Festivals and theaters internationally in places such as Kaai Theater (Brussels, Belgium), STUK (Leuven, Belgium), deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium), Les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-St. Denis (Paris, France), ImpPulsTanz (Vienna, Austria), Tseh Festival (Moscow, Russia), Hau/Hebel am Ufer (Berlin, Germany), Melkweg (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), and Tokyo Dance Biennale (Tokyo, Japan), among others.

From September 2017, DD Dorvillier is Associated artist-researcher at the Exerce Master in Choreography Program at the International Choreographic Institute (ICI – CCN Montpellier) headed by French choreographer Christian Rizzo.

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eXplore festival #14

Producers: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios

Cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN)

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. 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.

Partners: Balassi Institute – The Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Brancovenesti Palaces Cultural Center, Geological Institute of Romania – National Museum of Geology, Craiova Art Museum

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

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