Between Gestures

Between Gestures is a one-week festival of performances, workshops, conversations, and screenings that connects Chicago to the European scene in contemporary performance and dance, presented in partnership with the Cultural Service of the Consulate of France and the Goethe-Institut in Chicago. The Dance Center will host performances and post-performance discussions with choreographers Noé Soulier and Pol Pi.

October 24, 7:30pm
Pol Pi ECCE (H)OMO

How can a choreographer’s legacy be preserved? In ECCE (H)OMO, Pol Pi reconstructs and transports Afectos Humanos, a work from German choreographer and dancer Dore Hoyer. Originally produced between 1959 and 1962, Afectos Humanosis was composed of five short solos representing five emotions: vanity, desire, hatred, fear and love. Pol Pi recreates the piece for ECCE (H)OMO in collaboration with choreographer Martin Nachbar and translates Hoyer’s gestures into a style of his own. The result is an intensive investigation into what it means when movements are expressed by different bodies, a choreographic language is reinterpreted, and history is reanimated in the present.

October 25, 7:30pm
Noé Soulier - Movement on Movement
In Movement on Movement, Noé Soulier analyzes and describes different ways to conceive movements that aim to offer multiple ways to experience the body. By analyzing them, Soulier proposes different ways of focusing one’s attention on a given movement. Words and gestures interact with each other creating correspondences, frictions, and gaps. Using gestures from William Forsythe’s Improvisation Technologies as source material, Soulier investigates the ways in which we talk about movement and the ways in which movement generates discourse.