Between Gestures: Pol Pi
*first time appearing in Chicago
Thursday, October 24, 2019
At 7:30 P.M.
$10 / $5
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Between Gestures is a one-week festival of performances, workshops, conversations, and screenings that connects Chicago to the European scene in contemporary performance and dance, presented in partnership with the Cultural Service of the Consulate of France and the Goethe-Institut in Chicago. The Dance Center will host performances and post-performance discussions with choreographers Noé Soulier and Pol Pi.
“a powerful demanding performance with an erotic subtext” -Toute La Culture
How can a choreographer’s legacy be preserved? In ECCE (H)OMO, Pol Pi reconstructs and transports Afectos Humanos, a work from German choreographer and dancer Dore Hoyer. Originally produced between 1959 and 1962, Afectos Humanosis was composed of five short solos representing five emotions: vanity, desire, hatred, fear and love. Pol Pi recreates the piece for ECCE (H)OMO in collaboration with choreographer Martin Nachbar and translates Hoyer’s gestures into a style of his own. The result is an intensive investigation into what it means when movements are expressed by different bodies, a choreographic language is reinterpreted, and history is reanimated in the present.
Pol Pi is a Brazilian dance artist based in France since 2013. Pi studied classical music at the University of Campinas (Brazil) and from 2013 to 2015 he attended the master’s program in choreography « exerce » in Montpellier, France. He produced and directed five editions of Free to Fall São Paulo and worked as a professional musician for more than 10 years. His work has been presented at the Centre national de la danse, Festival Montpellier Danse, Musée de la Danse, and PACT Zollverein, among others.
Post Performance Conversation: Thursday, October 24
a conversation immediately following the performance with the artist
Thursday, October 24, 5 - 6:30pm, Sherwood Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., free
Thinking Bodies and Embodied Thought panel discussion
How do artists and educators pursue creative research in university settings? Panelists from Paris, Berlin, and Chicago compare innovate approaches to dancemaking and dance education.
Susan Manning, moderator
Franz Anton Cramer
Friday, October 25, 5 - 6:30pm, Sherwood Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., free
Archives in Motion panel discussion
The artists featured in Between Gestures all have turned to dance history as source material. Artists and scholars from Europe and Chicago discuss how and why contemporary dancemakers have set the archive in motion.
Franz Anton Cramer, moderator