Warm Up Session

Warm Up Session with Benjamin Bertrand

Tuesday 30 June, each 20 min starting 6pm for one participant (and a possible partner)

Full!

Lafayette Anticipations
Warm Up Session avec Benjamin Bertrand Lafayette Anticipations

For this next Warm Up Session, dancer-choreographer Benjamin Bertrand proposes to lead us into his recent research around the practice of Noh, as explored in his new solo Vestiges [remains] (2020).

Starting from this traditional Japanese performance that often invokes spirits, Bertrand elaborates a “gestured atlas of these melancholic dances” which he intends to share, as a passer, to the participants of this Session. Echoing philosopher Timothy Morton’s affirmation-invitation — “Intimacy presents us with the problem of inner space. Our intimacy with other beings is full of ambiguity” —, Bertrand seeks, through movement, to awaken these remains — feelings, memories — in us/out-of-us, that haunt us like ghosts.
This Warm Up Session is adapted to the current context of deconfinement. It will be held 1-on-1, one participant at a time with the choreographer, reflecting his detailed and profoundly intimate exploration. The participants of this Session will then be invited to join a group discussion with the choreographer, moderated by Madeleine Planeix-Crocker, on Google Hangouts/Zoom. A filmed version of this Warm Up Session will also be available online as of mid-July.
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The Warm Up Sessions stem from the desire to collectively discover, embody and question training techniques in performance. The series aims to situate the warm up as a vital step in the creation of performance pieces. Thus, training is understood as a starting point for choreographic, dramaturgical or performative productions, both a process of sharing and reflecting. Based upon inclusive invitations, the Sessions seek to deconstruct silos between movement and thought. The series offers a space to practice and discuss, open to all, and conceived in close partnership with guest artists. In this experimental terrain, audience members become active participants, giving birth to an ephemeral and recurring event.

A series curated by Madeleine Planeix-Crocker.

Recommended to wear comfortable clothes to move in, open to all.
Benjamin Bertrand est danseur-chorégraphe. D’origine algérienne, il vit à Paris.
Après des études de philosophie et de littérature en classes préparatoires et à la Sorbonne (Paris-IV), il débute un cursus en danse contemporaine au Conservatoire des Abbesses de Paris. Depuis, il a collaboré entre autres avec Olivier Dubois dans "Tragédie et Auguri", avec le plasticien Jean-Luc Verna dans "Uccello, uccellacci and the birds", la metteure en scène Marine Mane dans "À mon corps défendant", Philippe Quesne et Egle Budvityte dans le cadre du Pavillon Neuflize et du Vivarium Studio ou plus récemment avec l’artiste pop Christine and the Queens et le collectif (LA)HORDE. Avec RADAR, il signe des pièces comme "Orages" (2015) en collabo-ration avec le plasticien Patrick Laffont qui s’ancre dans son expérience de personne née sous X, "Rafales" (2017), pièce ondulatoire pour deux performers et un compositeur de musique électronique, pièce en production déléguée avec le TAP-Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers pour laquelle il est lauréat de la bourse d’écriture de la Fondation Beau-marchais-SACD, "Inside your bones" (2019), installation performative et sonore en collaboration avec l’artiste sonore Jean-François Laporte et l’ensemble instrumental Ars Nova (direction Jean-Mickaël Lavoie). En 2019, Benjamin Bertrand part à Kyoto avec "Vestiges", un des projets lauréats de la Villa Kujoyama et étudie le théâtre Noh et les rites funéraires japonais. Il crée à son retour du Japon un solo, "Vestiges" (2020) et sa première pièce de groupe "La fin des forêts" (2021), pièce pour quatre interprètes et l’artiste sonore PYUR.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Madeleine Planeix-Crocker is associate curator at Lafayette Anticipations.

In 2018, she founded the "Warm Up Sessions", a cycle of public and participative meetings around training practices in dance and performance. In the spring of 2021, she proposes the "Dérives" series, which aims to contribute to the writing of new histories of the arts through dialogues co-constructed with contemporary artists. Her interests lie at the crossroads of research and curation of feminist, queer and intersectional performances.

Madeleine is also co-director of the Chair "Troubles, Dissidences and Aesthetics" at the Beaux Arts de Paris and a permanent member of the Scientific Research Council of the ESAD in Reims.

A graduate of Princeton University in cultural studies, Madeleine obtained a Master's degree in Media, Art and Creation from HEC Paris and a Master's degree from EHESS. There she carried out a research-creation project with the association Women Safe, where she now runs a theatre and creative writing workshop. Madeleine is currently doing a thesis at EHESS (CRAL) on contemporary communal performance in France.

She has practiced dance and theatre since childhood.