DANCE: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-St-Denis
This resolutely international contemporary dance festival takes place throughout the month of May in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris, inviting companies and choreographers from throughout Europe, but also Canada, Japan, China, Brazil, the US or Australia. Some highlights include the Brussels based American choreographer Daniel Linehan‘s new dance performance ‘Zombie Aporia’ (Tue 17-Thu 19 May, 7pm, CND). Composed of many small pieces, like a rock music concert, or a book of poetry, the performance breaks down the boundaries that separate body from voice, sound from image, rhythm from meaning. The NYC company Radical Low returns to the festival to present a new piece ‘guns/roses’ (Sat 21, 5pm; Sun 22, 6pm. La Chaufferie), a duo inspired by the world of sports, a deeper look into the nature of performance, with movement as the protagonist. Sharing the program with Radical Low, Trajal Harrell, also from New York, presents his piece ‘Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church’, a solo which attempts to answer the question ‘What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ball scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?’. London dance iconoclast Nigel Charnock, a founding member of DV8, presents solo piece ‘One Dixon Road’ about his life, his loves and his death (Sat 28, 9.30pm; Sun 29, 7.30pm. Nouveau Theatre Montreuil). Find the complete festival programme here.
Until 29 May.