Warm Up Session

Warm Up Session with Benjamin Bertrand

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


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.
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.
Taos Bertrand is a dancer-performer and choreographer. Her work is motivated by questions of writing and materiality, prophecy and disorder, ghosts and avatars.

Her works include Orages (2015), which is rooted in her experience as a person born under X; Rafales (2017), an undulating piece that won the Fondation Beaumarchais-SACD writing grant; and Inside your bones (2019) with the Ars Nova instrumental ensemble. A Villa Kujoyama prizewinner in 2019, on her return from Japan she created a solo, Vestiges (2021), La Fin des Forêts (2022), a trio on another mythology of cruising, promettre (2022), a duet co-written with and at the invitation of Erwan Larcher for the Festival d'Avignon's Vive le sujet programme.

In 2023, she created brutal syntax, a piece commissioned by the Meltdown festival commissioned by Christine and the Queens, and took part in Adam Linder's new creation for the Museum of contemporary art of Sydney.

As a performer, she has worked with Olivier Dubois, Christine & the Queens, Adam Linder, Erwan Ha Kyoon Larcher, Valentin Noujaïm, Jean-Luc Verna, the collective (LA)HORDE, Koki Nakano...

Madeleine Planeix-Crocker is Associate Curator at Lafayette Anticipations.


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

A graduate of Princeton University in cultural studies, Madeleine earned a Master's degree in Media, Art and Creation from HEC Paris and a Master's degree from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). There she led an arts-based research-action project with Women Safe non-profit, where she now facilitates a theater and creative writing workshop. Madeleine is currently a PhD candidate at the EHESS (CRAL), studying practices for commoning in contemporary performance.

She has been practicing dance and theater since childhood.