Alice Chauchat

Workshop description | WinLab Festival 2014 | 15 - 19 Dec | 11am - 5pm

The workshop will be a conversation-in-practice, where we will talk and dance through some procedures of coming together. We will look at dance as a collective activity. We will talk and dance together, work together, watch each other dance, and dance for others.
This means that we will be constantly making decisions as to how we relate to each other. This is a political problem, in the sense of organising the activities and relationships among a group of people. Considering otherness as a central agent of the situation when being together with other people, we will consciously practice alterity. Observing and cherishing the inextricability of alterity and togetherness, of unbridgeable distance and mutual transformation, we will also reflect on the various collaborative and/or collective projects each of us has been part of as ground material for our gathering. Because each artistic subject results from its entwinement with a web of groupings and other collectives. Because we compose ourselves across participations in many different groups. We will focus on notions such as self-atomisation, gathering, (re-)composing, approximative unison, convergence and divergence, synchronising, falling out of step, … between us as well as between our speech and our movements.
We will observe and nurture the co-existence of various rhythms (of relations, of perception, of movement) within our own activity and within the group. This may help us consider togetherness within oneself as much as among several persons, as well as some possible communications between choreographic and social structures.

Crossing Borders | Tuesday 16 December | 7 - 8.30pm

In this lecture-performance I present a series of propositions for ways of coming together; different ethos of collaboration which I've been experimenting with in my professional life.
Visiting past situations, I want to make public some concerns and imaginations that feed and are fed by work, but that tend to remain in the backstage of performances. Across the various projects (or other structures built to facilitate forms of exchange within the performing arts field) and practices that nourish the presentation, issues recur: the role of speech and agreement, the conditions for hospitality, the necessary distance between people, the drive for change, the redistribution of authority and responsibility. The projects, my experiences, act as thinking tools and material.


Alice Chauchat, born 1977 in Saint-Etienne (FR), lives and works in Berlin and Paris as choreographer, performer and teacher/lecturer. She studied in the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique (Lyon) and at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels). She works most in collaborative set-ups, developing numerous choreographic projects and platforms for knowledge production and exchange in the performing arts (among them,, From 2010-2012 she was part of the artistic co-direction for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, a center for artistic research in the Parisian suburbs.