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The Breast Piece (praticable)
collaboration with Frédéric Gies, 2007

photo Yves Mettler

"As to nakedness on stage, we thought we had seen it all. But in The Breast Piece, Alice Chauchat & Frédéric Gies renew the gaze and the questions about the body connected to it. Yet Chauchat reveals only her breasts. But, in the style of performance art, she densifies their presence to the extreme. Her tiniest movements—an inflection, a tonic stress—converge towards her breasts, which focus the tension and irradiate her whole body.Thus they seem to detach themselves from the rest of her person, to vibrate, spread out, disappear, unfold, mark the time, insist. Autonomous, they strip from the common images that lock these attributes of femininity to clichés, from the breastfeeding woman to the trailer calendar bimbo. In that sense, this choreographic act, haloed with a slight smile to a totally offbeat music by Ernest Chausson, is eminently political." (Gérard Mayen, Danser)

Read a text about the work, by Alice Chauchat and Frédéric Gies here

Credits

Concept and Choreography Alice Chauchat & Frédéric Gies

Dance Alice Chauchat

Lights Design Rut Waldeyer

Music Ernest Chausson, Janis Joplin

Production management Pauline Roussille / Aire

Production Alice Chauchat / Aire and Frédéric Gies

Coproduction Tanz im August

Supported by Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d‘Île-de-France - ministère de la Culture et de la Communication

Thanks to Tanzfabrik Berlin and TanzWerkstatt Berlin

Praticable was supported by Fabrik Potsdam in the frame of Tanzplan Potsdam : Artists-in-Residence

Praticable was an open collective structure created in 2006 with Frédéric Gies, Frédéric de Carlo, Isabelle Schad and Odile Seitz for the horizontal distribution of movement knowledge and visibility.