For the first time in Milan, Yasmine Hugonnet pursues a research based on practice at aimed at achieving the greatest active participation and the greatest abandon at the same time. Her practice disrupts the perception criteria, and through it the Swiss choreographer works on an extremely detailed score, in a very subtle mechanics of limbs, fingers, fingertips, language, sound. Se sentir vivant / Canto Primo portrays a woman who addresses the audience, as well as herself and, surely, someone who is missing. It is about listening to one’s voice resonate out of the body, talking about separations and links. The narrative shifts from gestures to a ventriloquial voice, to an expression of the face, a breath, a posture.
text taken from Dante’s Divine Comedy (1st canto)
choreography and performer Yasmine Hugonnet light design Dominique Dardant on-looking eyes Mathieu Bouvier e Mickael Nick assitant Audrey Gaisan Doncel costumes Karine Dubois administration and production Virginie Lauwerier diffusion Jerome Pique credits photo Delphine Michelli
performance in French, English and Italian using ventriloquy
duration 45 minutes
Yasmine Hugonnet is a choreographer, dancer, and researcher, born in Montreux in Switzerland in 1979. From 2 to 6 years old she lived in Mali. Back in Switzerland she started dancing ballet and at fifteen moved to contemporary dance. She studied at National Superior Conservatory of Dance in Paris, interested by contact improvisation, Butoh and composition. In 2000, after few months in New York (Trisha Brown, Movement Research workshops…) She started creating in the frame of the collective of artists Synalephe, exploring various frame of performances, site specific, interactive pieces, video works, and a practice of dance and performances with visually impaired persons, spending two years in Taiwan. As she looked for a more critical context, she moved to The Netherlands joining a Master Degree in Choreography called “Dance Unlimited” program (2003-2005); half practice and theoretical based master degree, she researched upon the notion of “Presences” in performances, studied Butoh and Laban Movement Analysis. In 2006, Laureate of MapXXL program by European Pepinnières for Young Artists, she went to Ljubljana Slovenia for an artist residency where she collaborates with various artists and institutions (En Knapp, Maska, Plesni Theater). With a focus on embodiment and vision, she created RE-PLAY (2006) a trio that was invited at Impulz Tanz (8:Tensions) Festival in Vienna, Tanzhaus NRW Dusseldorf, Gibanica Slovene Dance Platform in Ljubljana. Then Latitudes de Pose (2007), a solo that has been presented at Mladi Levi Festival Ljubljana, Festival Arts Danthé in Paris, Les Incandescences Festival…She kept working in close collaboration with the Slovene scene and developed a site specific piece Of Other for the City Museum in Ljubljana and a group piece AAAAA, Solo for four voices, (2008-2009) that coproduced by Maska Sovenia and Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf. From 2009 to 2013 she took a long period of research that is followed by the constitution of her Company Arts Mouvementés in Lausanne and three solos: Le Rituel des Fausses Fleurs 2013, Le Récital des Postures 2014, (invited by Swiss Dance Days 2015, Brigittines International Festival Bruxelles, Swiss Cultural Center Paris, ADC Geneva, Bonn International Solos festival…) La Traversée des Langues (2015) premiered at Festival Les Printemps de Sévelin, Programm Commun Vidy & Arsenic. In this period she developed her dance language with a focus on the relation between postures, attention and imagination. Deepening her understanding of the movement of attention, the germination of figures, the idea of Postures as containers; within her processes she developed a practice of ventriloquism. Her work has been oriented by few important encounters such as Peter Goss, Odile Rouquet, and Lisa Nelson. She is associated artist for two years (2015-2017) with Théâtre de Sévelin 36 in Lausanne. In 2016 she created La Ronde / Quatuor at Festival Rencontres chrégraphiques Internationales de Seine-saint-denis and Venezia Dance Biennale.