Blank Placard Dance, replay
What do you want to protest? A white-clad battalion of performers march down city streets carrying blank placards. Ideas circulate, protest takes root.
Din and dissonance, and resistance in the air. A procession of some 30 individuals marches through the downtown core carrying blank placards, silent signs held aloft by silent protestors. To intrigued passersby who ask what they are protesting against, the marchers turn the question back to them: What do you want to protest? A discussion ensues. Ideas circulate, protest takes root.
The French choreographer Anne Collod recreates the Blank Placard Dance, imagined in San Francisco in 1967 at the height of the Vietnam War by the legendary American artist Anna Halprin. A silent happening and an interactive walkabout, the original performance interrupted by the police has lost none of its topicality, confirming the relevance of the collective in an era of triumphant individualism. It legally attests to the evocative power of a blank space in an urban jungle oversaturated with messages. Reaching beyond the decades and the continents, the dialogue continues.
Produced by association …. & alters in association with La Magnanerie (Paris)
Original work Blank Placard Dance (1967) by Anna Halprin
Artistic direction and reinterpretation Anne Collod
Artistic collaborator Cécile Proust
Live music Fanfare Jarry conducted by Charles Duquette
Co-presented by Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles
Presented with the support of Institut Français + Service de coopération et d’action culturelle du Consulat général de France à Québec
Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Promotional video Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)
Premiered at Centre Pompidou Málaga, on February 20, 2016
Anna Halprin / Anne Collod (Paris)
association … & alters
The French choreographer Anne Collod recreates the Blank Placard Dance, imagined in San Francisco in 1967 at the height of the Vietnam War by the legendary American artist Anna Halprin.
The French dancer and choreographer Anne Collod won reknown performing for various dance artists such as Philippe Découflé, Fabrice Ramalingom and Hélène Cathala.
After completing her studies in Kinetography Laban movement notation system in 1993, she pursued her interest in re-interpreting dance works. As a co-founder and member of the Quatuor Albrecht Knust from 1993 to 2001, a dance collective specializing in revivals of early 20th century choreographies, she presented an updated version of Nijinsky’s L’après-midi d’un faune as well as Continuous Project – Altered Daily by Yvonne Rainer, presented in Montreal at FIND in 2001.
She established the association…& alters research, teaching and dance creation group, which led to an encounter in 2003 with the American choreographer Anna Halprin, a postmodern dance pioneer. She participated in her improvisation group and in a number of performances. Her project Empreintes questioned the concepts of notation and process as supports for dance creation and performance.
Presented at the Biennale de la danse in Lyon in 2008, parades & changes, replays reinterprets at full length Parades and Changes, one of Anna Halprin’s major works. It received a Bessie Award in New York in 2010. Blank Placard Dance, replay was first presented in Spain in 2016 at the invitation of the Centre Pompidou in Malaga, and then in the streets of Paris later that year. In 2017 her new work Exposure, an immersive dance, sound and light experience, will explore the notion of the exchange of energy between a performer and an industrial environment.