An increased dynamic with an Associate Artist
Beginning with the 2016/ 2017 season, VIADANSE will commit to one artist, associating him or her with its global artistic mission through the implementation of the necessary conditions structurally and in terms of budget.
VIADANSE will be a partner in the next production of this Associate Artist under the auspices of the Accueil/ studio program of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication/ the DRAC Franche-Comté. The Associated Artist will also have a tour with the partners of VIARÉZO and will create a new work in 2018. With the staff, the Associated Artist will also participate in projects conceived by Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux for audiences in the region.
Aïcha M’Barek & Hafiz Dhaou of the Compagnie Chatha will be guesting with VIADANSE as Associated Artists from 2016- 2018
Their connection is immediate, palpable. They are dancers, choreographers and the directors of the Compagnie Chatha, a couple with contrasting temperaments which forms a duo in creative symbiosis such that they often finish each other’s sentences. They share an intimate language and alliance channeling France and Tunisia, including contemporary dance, art, new technologies and popular tradition. It seemed obvious that this pair without a permanent studio to work in, though they are based in Lyon – would, with the duo of Héla Fattoumi- Éric Lamoureux – fully appreciate each other’s journeys, allowing for collaboration and building.
Thanks to the Associated Artists label, VIADANSE brings Chatha in for the duration of the 2016- 2018 seasons. Becoming ephemeral, virtual mentors, the directors of VIADANSE reaffirm their essential focus on sharing, supporting the young company on a daily and long term basis, supporting the development of its poetic and political work and intervening in participative projects, as they did with the Planeurs, transforming the Planoise neighborhood into exhibition rooms for art works (from the Open Sky Museum, from a vistor’s path through the Besançon Museum) and other urban creations.
To address the problems of our cities, including local officials, associations, and the residents of Belfort and elsewhere. To “lift our gaze,” “to redistribute public funds” to citizens, to create with them and continue social mediation – participatory actions, preserving local patrimony, associative links, prioritizing the emergence of a dance community (or a non-dance one), contributing to the vitality of a conscious, committed society.
As Hafiz says, with that slight indefinable accent, “rendering the visible invisible.”
VIADANSE: You have been Associated Artists at VIADANSE since June 2016. After your piece Narcose, you are again in residency in Belfort to work on the creation of Ces gens -là as well as an open rehearsal for the community. What does the Associated Artists label mean?
Aïcha M’Barek: Going beyond the studio space and the lodging offered us by the city of Belfort and the CCNBFC, the invitation we received from Éric and Héla has given us time, precious time, to set our vocabulary and our artistic vision, to create, to work, to shape authentic, true work. Héla and Éric understand full well the time necessary for creation, the complexities involved in finding space to work, to bring in dancers at the right time. The lack of things like adequate housing, technical equipment and financial support –can all endanger the work. Thanks to this Associated Artists collaboration, VIADANSE supports us as we shape our work, it’s not just about giving us keys to the studios at the CCNBFC! Our projects are demanding and VIADANSE sympathized with our need for accompaniment in terms of structuring the company, improving our communication and PR, stepping up our financial support, sharing a space for creation. By being with us for the long term, they help us enormously and also guide us toward ambitious projects such as the one with the Planeurs; VIADANSE has asked us to work on this in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region. Over a period of 18 months, we will be working in the Besançon area, in the heart of Planoise territory … It really is global in scope.
Hafiz Dhaou: … and it is a way into the local dynamic, the possilbility of creating something with the residents of the area. Stakeholders in the creative process, they will be following our work over the long term, which is very important. Each month, in Belfort, at Openvia events, everyone will be able to observe a stage in the process, see the beginnings of a work which they will then (re)discover the following season. It’s a sort of unending game with audiences, we’re looking for players! The audience is central to our work, being the point of view linking things together …
Aïcha M’Barek: Yes, the audience has its own role for us, in terms of the interaction which the spectator establishes between what we set up for him/ her, and how he/she deals with it. We are the launchers of the actions, and we depend on the spectator as a person. For us, each performance is unique – we can perform a work an infinite number of times, but in each performance, the time we spend together is unique! Each spectator has his or her own feeling, expresses a unique opinion, has a specific way of seeing. And even if he/she has absolutely no knowledge of dance, the spectator must trust him-or herself in terms of what he/ she can bring to the artistic work. If it is blurry, fragile, unconvincing or inauthentic, insincere, he/ she can see it and feel it. Audiences see everything.