HISTOIRES PARALLÈLES : PAYS MÊLÉS
JENNIFER ALLORA & GUILLERMO CALZADILLA
ERKAN ÖZGEN & SENER ÖZMEN
COMMISSARIAT D’EXPOSITION : ALAIN BUFFARD
18 November – 15 December 2013
centre chorégraphique national montpellier languedoc-roussillon
Address: Boulevard Louis Blanc, 34000 Montpellier, France
Phone:+33 4 67 60 06 70
The exhibition will take place in the CCN until December 15th 2013.
vidéos de ferhat özgür, rencontre entre ferhat özgür et alain buffard metamorphosis chat
jeudi 21 novembre . 19h . studio bagouet
Metamorphosis Chat is the title of Ferhat Özgür’s video shown as part of the exhibition. As its name implies, this is about an artistic chat. Throughout the week Turkish visual artist Ferhat Özgür and French choreographer Alain Buffard will take time to meet and bring together their approach to ideas and practices. The audience will be invited to share this artistic encounter: from a selection of videos by Ferhat Özgür, the two artists will hold an open dialogue on their respective fields.
opening, show, talk quartiers libres
monday, november 18th . 7pm . bagouet studio
as part of the ‘quinzaine des tiers mondes et de la solidarité internationale’ (fortnight dedicated to third-world countries and international solidarity), in association with cimade ngo
Quartiers libres night (title of the performance by Nadia Beugré, literally ‘free time’) invites us to explore, exchange and discover these parallel stories that take the form of an exhibition, a performance and discussions:
Opening of the exhibition Histoires parallèles, pays mêlés, featuring artists from outside Europe working on issues of territories, power, representations and genres.
Quartiers libres, solo work by Nadia Beugré in which the Ivorian dancer/choreographer frees herself from Western choreographies to address issues of violence against women in Africa.Discussions and meeting with local key players and witnesses regularly faced with migration, territorial and power issues, in association with and hosted by the ‘Maison des Tiers Monde et de la Solidarité Internationale Montpellier’ and Cimade NGO.
]domaines[ alain buffard
histoires parallèles, pays mêlés
november 18 and 21
Alain Buffard, who studied dance with Alwin Nikolais, met with US choreographers Yvonne Rainer and Anna Halprin, who would have a great influence on his career. Performer for Daniel Larrieu or Régine Chopinot among others, he created Good Boy in 1998, a solo work as uncompromising and straightforward as a manifesto. While ever changing, Buffard’s work has always been dealing with recurring issues. Following a period of questioning art, body and genre, the choreographer started to focus on the suggestion that dance is mainly about the body – as a political challenge – which cannot be ignored: his pieces are regularly shown during Montpellier Danse Festival and throughout the year: Baron Samedi, Tout va bien, Good boy.
Histoires parallèles : pays mêlés (parallel stories – blended countries) was created in the Spring 2013 in Nimes around the ethnography gallery of the Natural History Museum. This ]domaines[ in the CCN will provide for the re-invention of this event in a location not dedicated to visual arts. It reflects the variety of Alain Buffard’s practices, with no concern for hierarchy, and above all the need to shift presentation frameworks and assumed categories that go with them.
Histoires parallèles : pays mêlés illustrates a journey towards or from the other. Fragments of stories, networks of images and accounts combining special chronicles, uncommon paths, specific knowledge; a journey across different practices as the basis of our memories of the future.
Guest artists are willing to display these comings and goings from one culture to another, which do not however lead to a cultural blending. They work on the plasticity of the world by refusing to set boundaries, forms and genres. They share the will to account for the nobleness and deep humanity of the people and subjects with whom they interact through works that illustrate contemporary practices within various converging areas.
From the other who fashions our own singularity we know that our future memory is already out there, elsewhere.