Production Details / Press Releases
We feel the body between us as it swells and deflates, a game-loving shapeshifter of metric space, time space, attention space. We keep this distance, our meeting, changing. We talk because it’s practical. We dance because it helps us think. We make it a game so that the duet’s specter can keep fluttering in our peripheral vision, keeping tune and time. There is no ideal synchronization, no clear guidance, no unverified trust in our unison. We’re befriending each other, dancing together and learning from each other. One invites the other to dance. One wants to carry the other around. One teaches the other a poem and holds her heart.
Alice Chauchat works as a choreographer, dancer, assistant, teacher, editor, and engages in other activities related to choreography. She choreographs mostly in collaboration with other artists and has co-developed numerous platforms for the production and exchange of knowledge in the performing arts (everybodystoolbox, PAF, praticable). From 2010-12, she was in the artistic direction team for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. Recently, her choreographic practice has been geared towards processing the knowledge and complexity of collaborative practices.
Louise Trueheart is a dancer, writer, and choreographer. She makes one-on-one performances, notably on Skype, around ideas of love, intimacy, and drone warfare. Louise has been involved with the queer feminist platform COVEN BERLIN since 2014, and is the Senior Editor of the online magazine since 2015. This year, she has been accepted into the danceWEB scholarship program. Louise is a part of INTERNATIONAL NOTICE, a publication for the generation of critical discourse around the Berlin performance scene.
Berlin companioning. Alice and Louise met over a dinner at Louise’s in November 2014. Over the following few months they danced together quite a lot, as Louise joined Alice’s daily practice of her Dance of Companionship and other related scores. They shared a dance studio again, with many other dance artists from Berlin, in November 2015 during “Aftercare” (hosted in Eden by Ruairí Donovan and Hana Lee Erdman) and in February 2016 during “Nobody’s Dance” (hosted in Dock11 by Arantxa Martinez and Alice Chauchat). On that occasion, Alice discovered Louise’s “Dance Gifts”. They also watched each other’s work, in contexts such as “3 AM” in Flutgraben or the “Vulva Club” in the Kunsthaus KuLe. Occasioned by the invitation to show a new work for Tanznacht Berlin 2016, “To Meet” is one more step in their dance conversation.
Cast & Credits
Concept, choreography and performance: Alice Chauchat invites Louise Trueheart
Light design: Gretchen Blegen
Costumes: Annie Chauchat
Thanks to: Lise Landais
Ferndramaturgy: Jennifer Lacey
Produced by: Alice Chauchat
Coproduction: Louise Trueheart
Supported by: Tanznacht Berlin
Thanks to: DOCK 11 / EDEN *****, TheaterHaus Mitte
Tanznacht Berlin 2016
Artistic director: Silke Bake
Production management: Barbara Greiner
Tech: Andreas Harder
Assistance production: Lars Hecker, Anne Bickert
A production by Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
With kind support of apap-advancing performing arts project/performing europe 2020 – co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, Institut Français, Instituto Cervantes. In cooperation with Uferstudios Gesellschaft, HAU Hebbel am Ufer/Tanz im August.
Further partners: Ètape Danse, internationale tanzmesse NRW
Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)