Warm Up Session avec Helena de Laurens © Lafayette Anticipations

With Helena de Laurens

During this Warm Up Session, artist Helena de Laurens invites us to explore faces as a space of expressive and sensitive encounter between the body and the voice. This interlacing of movement and words is at the heart of Helena de Laurens' work, notably her collaboration with artist Marion Siéfert on their creation _jeanne_dark_ presented from October 1 to 17 at La Commune (Aubervilliers) during the Festival d'Automne à Paris.

In the wake of her explorations on the grotesque and grimaces, Helena de Laurens invites us to question the possibility of a "face training". How can we work on/with our faces and what exists behind them ? Through anatomy, play, touch and sensation, this Warm Up Session will allow us to observe the circulations that occur in the realm of the face, where lively and playful expressions, expressivity, voices, images, masks, gazes, and materials meet.

Warm Up Session in partnership with the Festival d'Automne à Paris.

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.
Helena de Laurens voyage entre la danse, le théâtre et la performance.
Après une classe préparatoire littéraire, elle passe deux ans au Conservatoire du 7ème arrondissement de Paris en Art dramatique. Puis elle réalise un Master à L’EHESS sous la direction de Elizabeth Claire : La grimace et l’inouï : Danse et visage chez Valeska Gert (1892 – 1978). Elle collabore régulièrement avec Esmé Planchon (comédienne, auteure et conteuse) et avec Clara Pacotte (artiste et auteure). En 2017 elle est en résidence à la Cité Internationale des Arts. En 2018 elle crée Le grand sommeil avec la metteuse en scène Marion Siéfért au Théâtre de la Commune, un solo dont elle est l'interprète et la chorégraphe. Elle poursuivent actuellement leur collaboration avec une deuxième pièce : _jeanne_dark_ qui sera créée en octobre 2020 au Théâtre de la Commune, dans le cadre du Festival d’Automne.

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.