Book launch, "Practical Encyclopædia. Detours"

Discussion with Elisabeth Lebovici.
Since 2016, the choreographer Lenio Kaklea has been collecting the practices of Europeans. Following the streets and paths of Athens, Aubervilliers, Essen, Guissény, Nyon and Poitiers, she has collected nearly 600 unique stories.
This collection bears witness to the familiarity and diversity of the habits, rituals and trades that make up and distinguish these territories. From hunting to make-up, from idleness to zumba, "A practical encyclopaedia. Détours" shows a contrasting landscape where different ways of moving in the world intersect. By transcribing the voices of these actors, the choreographer composes an epic work based on our intimate relationship to movement and invites us to consider the space where the subject is constructed in action. Through this multilingual publication (French, German, Greek, English) Lenio Kaklea situates the work of the dance studio in relation to the places, gestures and relationships she has investigated.

"Encyclopédie pratique - Détours" is published by Les presses du réel, Paris.
Lafayette Anticipations
Thursday 13 Feb 2020
from 07:30 pm to 09 pm

Free admission


Lenio Kaklea is a dancer, choreographer and writer born in Athens, Greece and actually based in Paris.
As a young dancer, she studies at the National Conservatory of Contemporary Dance in Athens (SSCD), where she is formed at classical ballet and American modern techniques and repertories such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. In 2005, she is awarded the Pratsika Foundation Prize and moves to France, where she studies at Anger’s CNDC (FAC) and starts to collaborate with prominent figures of the European conceptual dance scene such as Boris Charmatz, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Claudia Triozzi and Emmanuelle Huynh. In 2011, eager to extend her artistic practice, she completes the SPEAP program, an experimentation in arts and politics’ master directed by Bruno Latour at Sciences Po in Paris.

Since 2009, Lenio Kaklea uses a range of media including choreography, performance, text and video. Her artistic practice is influenced by feminism, psychoanalysis and institutional critic and investigates intersections between dance and critical theory. In her work, she explores the production of subjectivity through the organized repetition and transmission of movements and seeks to reveal the intimate and marginal spaces in which we, as individuals, construct our identity.

An important strand of her work is the Practical Encyclopaedia project. Since 2016, travelling through the streets and pathways of different peripheral European territories, she gathers nearly 600 unique stories that testify to the familiarity and diversity of habits, of rituals and of trades that compose and distinguish these terrains. Different artistic forms see the light within this project (a solo dance, a quartet dance, two publications and a video installation).

Her work has been presented by different institutions and festivals throughout Europe such as the Centre Pompidou, ImPulsTanz Festival, Onassis Foundation, Milan’s Triennale, Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, documenta 14-Public programs, NEXT Festival, Passerelle Art center, PACT Zollverein, Les presses du réel. 

Along with her personal choreographic work, she is engaged in collaborations with other artists. In 2013, she pursues a solo collaboration with the American choreographer Lucinda Childs on the music of Ryoji Ikeda. Few years later, in 2016, she is invited as curator at the National Scene of Brest and presents Iris, Alexandra, Mariela, Katerina et moi, a focus on contemporary Athenian female choreographic production. Soon after, in 2017, she accompanies the choreography of Suite No 3, a stage concert by Joris Lacoste and Pierre Yves Macé. In 2019, she collaborates with the pianist Orlando Bass on the emblematic work for prepared piano by John Cage, Sonatas & Interludes, and more recently this year, is awarded the Dance Prize of the Hermès Italia Foundation and creates a new solo for the Triennial of Milan, Ballad
Elisabeth Lebovici completed a PhD in Aesthetics in 1983. She has been writing art criticism since 1985, and was an arts and culture editor for Libération, from 1991 to 2006. Since 2006, she regularly writes her critical blog:

An AIDS activist, Elisabeth was the inaugural president of the Paris LGBT film festival, and is currently a founding membre of the LIG « Lesbians of General Interest » fund.
She has been involved since the 1990’s into writing on feminism, activism, queer politics and contemporary arts. In 1998, she edited L’Intime (Paris, ensb-a). She is the author, with Catherine Gonnard, of a history of women artists in France between 1880 and nowadays: Femmes/artistes, Artistes/femmes, Paris de 1880 à nos jours (Paris, Hazan, 2007). With Catherine Gonnard, she is currently involved in a research on lesbian culture in the francophone media in the 1950’s - 1960’s.

Her latest book What AIDS Has Done To Me. Art and Activism at the End of the XXth C, (JRP Ringier, « lectures Maison Rouge » 2017) has received the Prix Pierre Daix 2017 in art history.

Elisabeth is in charge (with Patricia Falguières and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez) of a weekly seminar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris titled: Something You Should Know: Artists and Producers.

Elisabeth is a member of « Travelling Féministe », around the archives of the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir.

13 Sep

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