News International Artists put a Lens on the Local A Creative residency with French choreographers Martin Chaput and Martial Chazallon and American composer Jason Treuting
Marlboro, VT- (August 18, 2009) - Vermont Performance Lab and Marlboro College announced the selection of choreographers Martin Chaput and Martial Chazallon of Projet in Situ, and composer Jason Treuting for a creative residency, August 19 through September 6.
This marks the fifth collaboration in an innovative partnership between the College and VPL, which began in 2006 and created a retreat-like setting where artists can concentrate on creation and also engage with community in the intimate and informal setting of the Marlboro College campus.
On August 19, Chaput and Chazallon will arrive in Vermont to concentrate on the development of a new piece with the working title, "Society of Spectacle." Following a series of developmental residencies like this one, the work will premiere at the 2010 Biennale de la Dance in Lyon, France. The residency will involve American composer Jason Treuting and as many as 19 members from the local Vermont community in the creative process.
On Saturday, August 22, Chaput and Chazallon will offer a workshop/audition where they will introduce their methodology and project. The workshop will be an exchange of information between the choreographers and the participants. The hope is to identify 3-5 dancers and 15 members of the community to participate in the two-week residency. The French artists are looking for volunteers with dance experience and those with no movement experience, but an openness to be part of a creative research process.
During the second week Brooklyn-based composer Jason Treuting (the co-founder of So Percussion and known for the "Music for Trains" project produced by VPL in 2008) will join the creative process. Coming out of the avant-garde traditions informed by John Cage and Steve Reich among others, Treuting was invited to compose a sound score and to work alongside Chaput and Chazallon as they involve a small group of regional dancers and a larger chorus comprised of members from the local community.
The residency will culminate in a work-in-progress showing on Sunday, September 6 at 3:00 pm in the Serkin Center for the Performing Arts at Marlboro College. The performance is open to the general public. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for college students and children 18 years and younger. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the Marlboro College Events Line at 802-451-7151.
In addition to developing material for the work and working with local participants, Chaput and Chazallon will lead a workshop for incoming students as part of the College's orientation program and a master dance class to College dance students; Treuting will speak to music students; the artists will open up rehearsals to the campus community, and the project will involve students interested in electronic music and composition.
Chaput and Chazallon are the Artistic Directors of Projet In Situ, an experimental contemporary dance company that takes a transdisciplinary approach to creating work. While they are based in Lyon, France, they have a flair for working with dancers and communities across the globe. Their work has been presented in France, Canada, South Africa, Mexico and Mozambique most often following a long research period or residency in such places. When they arrive in Marlboro, Vermont later this summer, they will bring their choreographic focus on the development of a new work in the context of rural Vermont.
VPL's director Sara Coffey met Chaput and Chazallon at the Biennale de la Dance in Lyon, France last September where she experienced their latest work - "Tu Vois ce que Je Veux Dire?" ["You See What I Mean?"] - A site-specific piece that was a blindfolded journey through the city of Lyon. Each audience member was individually guided through the city while wearing a blindfold - first by a person with sight, then by a blind person and finally by a dancer. The artists were experimenting with the audience-performer relationship and what happens when the sense of sight is subverted and the lines between audience and performer are blurred. The French artists' experimental approach to pushing the boundaries of performance and in working with communities around a performance project intrigued Coffey and paved the way for an invitation to Vermont.
By combining resource with other institutions, VPL's director Sara Coffey sees that a small investment can go a long way. By bringing dance to the area and presenting it in informal and intimate settings where audiences can get to know the artist Coffey hopes that there can be a real exchange and dialogue about dance, and at the same time can really contribute to the dance ecology of supporting and presenting new work in dance.
Ellen Mcculloch-Lovell, the President of Marlboro College sees residencies as a win-win opportunity: through the dance residencies college students have access to professional artists and the dance-making process and dance artists who are working in urban areas have access to The Serkin Center for the Performing Arts a state-of-the-art dance studio in an inspiring and pastoral setting that is Marlboro College.
Funding for the Project
Chaput and Chazallon's residency and work-in-progress showing is made possible with funding from FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) and the Florence Gould Foundation, and Vermont Performance Lab.
Saturday, August 22, 2009 1-4PM
Workshop/audition with Martin Chaput and Marital Chazallon
Dance Studio, Serkin Center for the Performing Arts
Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
Looking for dancers and non-dancers to volunteer and participate in a two week residency with Chaput, Chazallon and Treuting
Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 3PM
Work-in-progress showing of Society of Spectacle
Dance Studio, Serkin Center for the Performing Arts
Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
Admission is $10 and $5 for College students and children 18 years and younger.
Reservations are strongly recommended
Martin Chaput studied at Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne de Montréal before moving to France in 1987 where he pursued his training with members of the companies of Dominique Bagouet, Viviane Serry, Bernard Glandier, Sylvie Girot as well as with Mathilde Monnier, Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Simone Fortie and Didier Silhol. As an interpreter, between dance and performance art, he has collaborated most notably with Jean-Pierre Perreault, Philippe Genty, Claire Jenny, Thierry and Marion Bae, Luc Perrot and Rémi Uchéda.
As choreographer and co-director of Projet In Situ, he has collaborated with Martial Chazallon since the creation of « Du Haut » in 2000, followed by «Manège» (2001) and «Wake Up! You need to sweep the courtyard!» (2001). Then with the 4 M's project, a research into urban and intimate corporalities, he co-directed in Mexico «Miradas cruzadas» (2002), in Montreal «Appartement témoin» (2005) and in Maputo «Taxidermie» (2006). This last piece was re-staged at the Merlan, National Theatre of Marseille and at the National Choreographic Centre in Rillieux-la-Pape, giving rise to «Taxidermie #2» (2007). « Tu vois ce que je veux dire? », a choreographic blindfolded journey, was created in Marseille in 2005 and re-created for the Lyon Dance Biennial in 2008.
Martial Chazallon has conducted research in South Africa into the mechanisms of identitary construction with art, around the work of the Ndebele painters, with whom he created, in 2000, the performance « Wake Up! ». This was the starting point for a choreographic research that he has since developed with, among others, Martin Chaput, Daniel Soulières, Panaibra Gabriel and the visual artists Maciej Fiszer, Maryvonne Arnaud and Berry Bickle.
As choreographer and co-director of Projet In Situ, he has collaborated with Martin Chaput since the creation of « Du Haut » in 2000, followed by «Manège» (2001) and «Wake Up! You need to sweep the courtyard!» (2001). Then with the 4 M's project, a research into urban and intimate corporalities, he co-directed in Mexico «Miradas cruzadas» (2002), in Montreal «Appartement témoin» (2005) and in Maputo «Taxidermie» (2006). This last piece was re-staged at the Merlan, National Theatre of Marseille and at the National Choreographic Centre in Rillieux-la-Pape, giving rise to «Taxidermie #2» (2007). « Tu vois ce que je veux dire ? », a choreographic blindfolded journey, was created in Marseille in 2005 and re-created for the Lyon Dance Biennial in 2008.