Pauline Simon (FR)

Pauline Simon (FR) is a choreographer, performer and researcher. Her choreographic practice is characterised by a transdisplinary research in which dance acts as a vector around a subject or a context, making connections between the intimate and the political. She studied contemporary dance at the CNR in Lyon, then at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Danse in Paris and also at the EHESS (Paris).

Pauline Simon (FR): The Great Hold up !

La Grande Remontée - The great hold up! stems from gender and social science research, taking the form of a choreographic and textile art piece, opening dialogue centred on the normativity of the male body and its misappropriation.

Based on a study concerning a male contraceptive garment that was marginalized and rejected by health institutions, the piece reflects on absent or peripheral contexts as sites for the power of transgression to be elicited by movement. Dance also becomes a catalyst for the reactions this garment produced in the eyes of society, playing on the fears it evokes: impotence, loss of virility, constraint.

Phases in the research will be shared throughout the creative process by way of workshops in art and fashion schools, or in contact with engaged non-profit sector publics committed to sexual health.

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