Dancewalk – Retroperspectives
02.11.20, 12:00 - Performance & Press Conference
Theatro Neou Kosmou
Antisthenous & Tharypou, Athens 11743
My name is Alizée Sourbé
Let me offer you a danced walk on the spot
A physical, poetic and audio-visual analysis
Of this activity we call Dancewalk
In echo to the images around me
Of the 700 kilometres danced throughout the world since 2015
The primary intention in Dancewalk – Retroperspectives was to present a video compilation of the highlights of the Dancewalk project, with someone on stage who could physically and mentally link the images, story and movement. The project then became a theatre spectacle, a full performance, thanks to the distinguished presence of Alizée Sourbé.
Dancewalk is dance travelling throughout the world. It is a geographic occurrence of body and dance, an activity where walking becomes dancing, where dance keeps moving over several kilometres and for several hours through a city or a landscape. The Dancewalk has been performed by Foofwa since 2015 in various locations and contexts, sometimes with other professional dancers or with workshop participants, and with the invaluable collaboration of local musicians.
Paradoxically, Dancewalk – Retroperspectives is an indoor, local, on-the-spot dancewalk, a dance piece designed for the stage. It is an analytical and historical account of the 700+ kilometres of dance performed throughout the world over 50 dancewalks.
On stage, surrounded by a vertical and a horizontal video projection, a solitary dancer, Alizée Sourbé, mirrors the audio-visual dancewalks carried out in the public space by Foofwa d’Imobilité and others. Her presence offers a counterpoint to that of Foofwa on the videos.
Sourbé dancewalks on the spot for one hour, echoing some of the movements in the videos while showcasing the bare essence of the dancewalk through its coordination in a very kinaesthetic and clear way. Furthermore, she gives snippets of historical information on the various dancewalks in English as well as poetic analyses in French.
Through this performance the audience travels the world together with the participants: musicians, dancers, amateurs, artists, professionals, children and all sorts of people in 34 regions and 11 countries (Switzerland, France, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, Iran, Mali, Burkina Faso, South Africa, India and China).
Concept, choreography & text : Foofwa d’Imobilité
Performance on stage : Alizée Sourbé
Performance on video : Foofwa d’Imobilité
Live voice : Alizée Sourbé, Foofwa d’Imobilité
Costume : Aline Courvoisier
Administration / Communication : Sylvia Jagdeep
Distribution / Production : Patricia Buchet
Production : Neopost Foofwa
Coproduction : Centre des arts de l’Ecole Internationale de Genève
Dancewalk – Retroperspectives is part of the “GLocal Project (2018—2020) – ethics in local and global dance projects”
Neopost Foofwa and the GLocal Project benefit from a joint funding agreement between the City of Geneva, the Republic and the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council
Centre des arts de l’Ecole Internationale de Genève
With the support of
City of Geneva
Republic and the Canton of Geneva
Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council