1 janvier 2021

Art & Symbolism of Masks (Carnaval and Pandemy)

In an interview with Robert Barsky, artist Shanequa Gay provides a profound and wide-ranging overview of her body of work, which spans an array of different media including paintings, drawings, murals, textiles, and performance pieces. Shanequa Gay’s art is deeply embedded in rituals, rites, and meanings from nature and early life on the planet earth, […]

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1 janvier 2021

Performance: Hear me, I Have Nothing to Say

With dullness and minimal effort, the dancers begin the phrase. The accumulating vibrations and energy of a constraint groan begin creeping into their awareness. These vibrations turn into a spiraling energy where the release feels unattainable. The dancers find themselves living with the pressure of a constraint groan having nothing to say. Director/Choreographer: Angelita Andrade  […]

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1 janvier 2021

Masks, from Paleolithic Times to Covid-19

Lauren Tate Baeza and Robert Barsky engage in a wide-ranging conversation about the value of art as an engine for social change and a medium for a rich and textured understanding of history. The theme of maskswas explored through a fascinating discussion about the production and consumption of African masks which, as Baeza made clear, […]

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1 janvier 2021

It Was Never Normal

Inspired by personal experiences through the pandemic, this piece shows the journey of finding freedom again. Taking place in two completely opposite settings, the dancers experience movement in two different “worlds.” One world is a space that represents the inner thoughts, feelings, and anxieties we experience as humans. When we get stuck in our heads, we constrain ourselves from […]

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1 janvier 2021

To “Speak” Like a Bird

Originally from the Baie de Somme, Jean Boucault and Johnny Rasse discovered a rare passion for birds during their childhood. Today, recognized as the greatest imitator of bird songs, Jean Boucault uses an imitation technique of birds sounds to communicate with birds in the Somme Bay. He « speaks » bird with them.  In bird language This […]

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1 janvier 2021

Avian Reservoirs: About Birds and Pandemics

A dialogue between Stéphanie Boulard and Frédéric Keck about Keck’s newest book. In Avian Reservoirs: Virus Hunters and Birdwatchers in Chinese Sentinel Posts (Les sentinelles des pandémies : Chasseurs de virus et observateurs d’oiseaux aux frontières de la Chine), Keck explores how Chinese societies learned to prepare for a catastrophic outbreak, with “sentinel” chickens in […]

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1 janvier 2021

Marie Morel’s Birds: a Conversation Between Marie Morel and Stéphanie Boulard

A dialogue between the artist and Stéphanie Boulard about Marie Morel’s paintings and the importance of birds in her work. Known as the “princess of birds”, Marie Morel explains why, for her, birds open a mental field of their own, and allow her to paint about the mystery of life and the mystery of death. […]

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1 janvier 2021

Touching at a Distance  

The COVID-19 crisis has drastically brought performing arts to a halt and has severely affected the world of dance, while compelling dance companies to approach choreography in radically new ways. This interview with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui addresses issues of proximity and “rapprochement” when the audience is often physically absent. Cherkaoui tackles the following questions: How […]

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