Alix Eynaudi (FR/AT), Anne Juren (FR/AT), Marten Spangberg (NO) & Alice Chauchat (DE)
Dance exists, it exists on it’s own as much as a chair, a cloud, a cloud in a book, dinosaurs and the future. It is something that we humans express but that doesn’t say that dance doesn’t exist without us. Humans express themselves through dance but dance also expresses itself through humans and perhaps other things and opportunities as well.
Nature’s Nature is a project that starts with friendship. Many friendships, between four individuals but that’s probably more like twenty-four friendships, between humans and dance, between humans and nature and dance and nature. All those friendship are more or less countless, and important.
Nature’s Nature is a dance shared and cared for by three women that can’t remember when they first met and now so many years later, the opportunity to dance together. A forth person found his way into the friendship by accident and supported, and now they are friends together, or just together….
Nature’s Nature is three humans dancing with nature, nature’s nature. Not our nature but that nature that we cannot be part of as long as we speak and remember, communicate and keep up with our identities. That nature you know that we can only find out about if we allow us to forget to express ourselves through dance and instead make us available to be danced by dance, to allow dance to express its nature through us. That’s Nature’s Nature and it’s Alice, Alix, Anne, Mårten and friendship, togetherness and so much more.
Alix Eynaudi lives and works in Vienna. She was trained as a ballet dancer in the Opéra of Paris and worked in various ballet companies before entering PARTS. In 1996, Alix joined Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker's company Rosas where she worked for 7 years. She has been creating her own works since 2005: most of it was (co)produced by or at arts centre BUDA: Supernaturel (2007, with Alice Chauchat), The Visitants and Long Long Short Long Short (2009, with Agata Maszkiewicz) a few years ago Monique (2012, with Mark Lorimer) and Edelweiss (2015, with Alice Chauchat, Mark Lorimer and Cécile Tonizzo). Alix appeared in Kortrijk also in performanes by a.o. Superamas and Kris Verdonck. www.alixeynaudi.com
Anne Juren is a choreographer, dancer and performer based in Vienna. In 2003 she co-founded with visual artist Roland Rauschmeier the Wiener Tanz- und Kunstbewegung. Her choreographic work has been extensively presented in international theatres, festivals, different art spaces and venues. In her work Juren tries to expand the term choreography in engaging the body in different states of physical, sensorial, kinaesthesic and mental experiences, questioning the boundaries between private and public spheres. Since 2013 Anne Juren is a Feldenkrais® practitioner. She is currently part of the artistic committee for the Master in Choreography at DOCH and doing a PhD at UNIARTS Stockholm University of the Arts. www.wtkb.org
Mårten Spångberg is a choreographer living and working in Stockholm. His interests concern choreography in an expanded field, approached through experimental practices and creative processes in different formats and expressions. He has been active as a performer and creator since '94, creating his own choreographies since '99 - from solos to larger scale works, which he toured internationally. Under the label International Festival he collaborated with the architect Tor Lindstrand and engaged in social and expanded choreography. Spångberg organized and curated festivals in Sweden and internationally. He initiated the network organization INPEX, has thorough experience in teaching both theory and practice and was director for the MA program in choreography at the Univ. of Dance in Stockholm. In 2011 his first book Spangbergianism was published.
Alice Chauchat lives in Berlin and works as a choreographer, performer, teacher, editor and has other activities related to choreography. She created performances in collaboration with a.o. Anne Juren, Frédéric Gies, Alix Eynaudi and performed with a.o. Jennifer Lacey, Juan Dominguez, Xavier le Roy and Mårten Spångberg.
She has been working mostly in collaborative set-ups, developing numerous choreographic projects and platforms for knowledge production and exchange in the performing arts (everybodystoolbox.net, specialissue.eu, praticable, ...) as well as teaching and leading research processes (New York, Stockholm, Berlin, Vienna, Giessen, San Sebastian, Zagreb etc).
In 2010-2012 she was in the artistic co-direction for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, a centre for artistic research in the Parisian suburbs.
Collaboration (and so negotiating distance, alterity, de-centering etc.) has been a recurrent reality and growing concern of her work. Over the last few years, her choreographic practice has focussed more and more directly on processing the knowledge and complexity of collaborative practices into aesthetic setups.