Culture, Administration & Trembling
In this intimate yet out-of-bounds choreographic salon, “time-based sculptures” shift between the human and the animal, the real and the imaginary. A series of unexpected contemplative landscapes.
A singular experiment in exotic companionship; a meticulous yet playful study of hand bell algorithms; an affective assemblage of Male Breast Feeding… Culture, Administration & Trembling exposes a collection of durational, artificial situations developed collaboratively between dance artists Antonija Livingstone, Jennifer Lacey, Stephen Thompson, and visual artist Dominique Pétrin. Each piece, or “time-based sculpture,” is conceived as a score that prompts a series of rare, endangered practices the public is invited to witness. A collective mode of attention, these choreographic sculptures shift between the human and the animal, the real and the imaginary, the old school and the now to create a series of unexpected contemplative landscapes.
In this intimate yet out-of-bounds choreographic salon, Livingstone proposes a critically joyful and queer study of movement, presence and territory where dance becomes a curatorial practice. Enacting a series of vital tremors, the work unfolds in a collection of sublime, precarious choreographic ecologies.
CREATED AND PERFORMED BY JENNIFER LACEY + ANTONIJA LIVINGSTONE + DOMINIQUE PÉTRIN + STEPHEN THOMPSON
CONCEIVED AND PRODUCED BY ANTONIJA LIVINGSTONE
WITH THE CONTRIBUTION OF PAUL CHAMBERS + CLAUDIA FANCELLO + DANA MICHEL + GUESTS
VISUAL WORKS DOMINIQUE PÉTRIN
LIGHTING DESIGN THIERRY CABRERA + JENNIFER LACEY + ANTONIJA LIVINGSTONE
SOUND DESIGN BRENDAN DOUGHERTY + JENNIFER LACEY + ANTONIJA LIVINGSTONE
PHOTO DOMINIQUE PÉTRIN + VALÉRIE SANGIN + STEPHEN THOMPSON
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + LES ESCALES IMPROBABLES + STUDIO 303 WITH THE SUPPORT OF CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL DE MONTPELLIER LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON + FABRIK POTSDAM + IMPULSTANZ VIENNA + OSPREY ARTS CENTER CREATIVE RESIDENCY AGORA DE LA DANSE
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AGORA DE LA DANSE
WRITTEN BY NOÉMIE BERNIER-SOLOMON
TRANSLATED BY ANNE VIAU
WORLD PREMIÈRE AT FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES, MAY 27, 2014
ANTONIJA LIVINGSTONE (BERLIN + MONTREAL)
Antonija Livingstone is an independent artist who works between Montréal and Berlin at the frontiers of dance and performance. Since her first solo piece, The Part (2004), Livingstone has broadly investigated the linguistic materiality and transformative potential of the dancing body through a series of critical, humorous, virtuosic, and queer-spirited gestures. Over the last decade, she has co-authored and co-produced an unusual collection of works, including Cat Calendar (2005) with Antonia Baehr; - a situation for dancing (in 4 episodes) (2006-8) with Heather Kravas; The 1001 (2012) with Sarah Chase; and diverse projects with Jennifer Lacey (2009, 2014). As a performer, Livingstone has worked and toured internationally with the choreographers Benoît Lachambre, Vera Mantero, Nadia Lauro, Ezster Salamon, and Meg Stuart – with whom she is currently performing Sketches – Notebook.
Culture, Administration & Trembling was initiated in 2009 as a partnership with Jennifer Lacey, American dancer and choreographer based in Paris. In addition to the duet, the FTA version is created and performed with dance and visual artists Stephen Thompson and Dominique Pétrin, as well as with Montréal-based guest artists Paul Chambers, Claudia Fancello, Dana Michel, and Berlin-based sound artist Brendan Dougherty. Imagined as an intimate yet exotic choreographic platform, the work asks us to reimagine modes of presence and of relations for contemporary performing bodies.