The production HEAR EYES MOVE. Dances with Ligeti by Elisabeth Schilling will be presented as part of the Festival ” On (y) danse aussi l’été ! “, at the invitation of Isabelle Martin-Bridot, director of Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon and with the support of Kultur | lx, the TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois and the Ministry of Culture. This programme completes the Luxembourg selection for the 2023 Avignon Festival OFF.
Created in 2020, HEAR EYES MOVE. Dances with Ligeti choreographically interpretes all 18 Etudes pour Piano by renowned composer György Ligeti, which is unprecedented to date. Devised for 5 dancers and accompanied live on piano by Cathy Krier (ECHO Rising Star), HEAR EYES MOVE. Dances with Ligeti is envisioned as a dance-concert concert-dance full of captivating multi-sensorial imagery.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ligeti’s death in 2023, the show will resume its international broadcast, and will be performed on the Hivernales stage from Sunday 9 to Wednesday 19 July in a version adapted to the conditions of the Festival, notably with an audio recording by Cathy Krier whose piano cannot be accommodated on the Hivernales stage.
Have ever two forms of art entered a closer and more intricate relationship than music and dance? But how does music actually move? How does dance sound? And where do these sounds and movements meet, once they are liberated from their purported duty to mimic or mirror, to illustrate, to produce an atmosphere, to provide a backdrop, or even to merely coexist, in neat separation?
The Hungarian composer György Ligeti said of his virtuosic Études pour piano that in the process of composition “tactile concepts were almost as important as acoustic ones”. The movements and developments of music, in other words, are not merely a matter of hearing but of sensation, they come to be felt “as a tactile form, as a succession of muscle tensions”. Through these forms and successions, Ligeti’s pieces thus behave like “growing organisms”, and it is following this line of thought that the choreographer Elisabeth Schilling has created an unprecedented take to choreographically interpret those Etudes pour piano. Treating dance and music as contiguous forms that grow alongside and into each other, Elisabeth has produced, together with five dancers and the pianist Cathy Krier, a dance-concert and a concert-dance full of captivating multi-sensorial imagery.
Elisabeth Schilling is a dancer and choreographer. In close collaboration with an international team and across various collaborations, she develops transdisciplinary projects between movement, design, visual arts and music, making the disciplines dance among themselves and with each other.
We have thus tasked ourselves with making contemporary dance happen in established dance spaces as well as in unusual places. Accordingly, our productions tour European metropolises as well as more rural areas, black box theaters as well as museums, galleries, concert halls, historic buildings and public spaces. Dance is thus, almost in passing, rendered accessible to a new public.
At the same time, an important part of our work consists in different formats of creative learning, audience engagement and development. For each production, we develop an accompanying framing programme for various audiences, ranging from specifically devised post-performance discussions with the audience to accompanying workshops, symposia and catalogues.
Petit frère, a play written and produced by Laure Roldàn and Gaëtan Vassart, was selected by an independent jury of renowned experts from the Luxembourg and French theatre scene to represent French-language theatre from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg at the 2023 Avignon Festival OFF. With financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Kultur | lx, the play will be staged at the Caserne des pompiers, the venue for events from the Grand Est Region under an agreement with the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture. Performances shall run from 7 – 29 July 2023.
The jury included Serge Basso de March (author and poet), Pablo Chimienti (communication and PR director at THEATER FEDERATIOUN), Godefroy Gordet (journalist, author, director and president of Le Gueuloir, a cross-border collective of playwrights), Lee Fou Messica (artistic director of the Espace Bernard-Marie Koltès – an official national theatre in Metz and co-president of the Quint’Est network) and Ian De Toffoli (author and director selected by Luxembourg for the 2022 Avignon Festival OFF).
Laure Roldàn’s submission met the jury’s criteria in terms of artistic quality, adaptation to the constraints in Avignon, and the potential for distribution. The jury commented on the sensitivity of the performance and the excellent cabaret-theatre format, combining the dramatic with the narrative and exploring both history and biography. In addition to being a tribute to Charles Aznavour and a touching account of his life, Petit Frère is also a timely reflection on brotherly love, artistic creativity, a bohemian lifestyle, migration and integration.
Produced by Laure Roldàn’s company, La Compagnie Juana La Loca and Gaëtan Vassart’s company, Cie La ronde de nuit, as a co-production with the Bombyx collective, supported by Luxembourg City Theatres through the Capucins Libre residency to complete the project, Petit frère is an adaptation of a book with the same title by Charles Aznavour’s sister, Aïda Aznavour-Gavarentz. In her book, Aïda described the peregrinations of the Aznavourians, a family saga spanning the great history of the 20th Century with Charles as the main protagonist. Laure Roldàn and Gaëtan Vassart have made the text their own and brilliantly brought its themes to the stage: the Armenian genocide; the exile of the Aznavourian parents; poverty in Paris; Nazi occupation; and Charles’ key relationship with Edith Piaf before he conquered the music halls. Highlighting this unique story, the play looks back at a history of integration though language and by dint of talent and desire. If Charles Aznavour’s fate seems universal, it’s because it is the song of exile.
About La Compagnie Juana La Loca
La Compagnie Juana La Loca is a theatre company based in Luxembourg that creates and produces live theatre performing art. Founded in 2018 by Laure Roldàn, it explores the themes of exile and cultural appropriation through language. More specifically, the company adapts texts and material that were not initially written for theatre and is particularly interested in urban spaces and interactive productions. Petit frère – la grande histoire Aznavour (Little Brother – The Great Story of Aznavour) is the company’s first production. It was followed by Les bancs publics, un intinéraire urbain inventé (Public Benches, An Imaginary Urban Walk), a musical and poetry performance offering an intimate historical and musical portrait of the city of Luxembourg during a guided walk. The next production, Les murs parlent (Walls Talk) which explores urban graffiti, marks and scars, will be a co-production between Hammana Artists House (Lebanon), St Ouen sur scene (France) and KulturFabrik (Luxembourg), supported by the Commission Internationale du Théâtre Francophone and Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg.
About Laure Roldàn
A French, Spanish and Luxembourg national, Laure Roldàn studied at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique in Paris. She has acted under various directors, including Muriel Mayette, Hélène Vincent, Arthur Nauzyciel, Christian Benedetti, Silviu Purcarete, Vincent Goethals, Carole Lorang, Laura Schroeder, Laurent Contamin, Matthew Lenton, Myriam Muller, Pascale Noé-Adam, Laurent Guttman, Fabio Godinho, Yann Colette, Jean Boillot and Frederic Maragnani. She has also acted for cinema for directors Jean-Michel Ribes, Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Artus de Penguern, Pascal Bonitzer, and Catherine Castel. In 2011, she directed Voilà donc le Monde !, based on Lost Illusions by Balzac, at Théâtre 13. She staged Dolce inferno, an adaptation inspired by Fellini’s Dolce Vita at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg as part of TalentLAB and assisted Yves Beaunesne on Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo. She also assisted Calixto Bieito at the Repertory Theatre in Birmingham for the performance of The String Quartet’s Guide To Sex And Anxiety. She collaborated with Gaëtan Vassart on Anna Karenine – les bals où je m’amuse n’existent plus pour moi at the Théâtre de la Tempête with Golshifteh Farahni in the lead role. During a Capucins Libre residency, Roldàn created Petit frère, la grande histoire Aznavour, an adaptation of the book by Aïda Aznavour-Gavarentz. The play will go on tour to France and Armenia. She co-directed La rue des fleurs n’existe pas with Aude-Laurence Biver and Christine Muller for TalentLAB goes city at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg in September 2020. In spring 2021, she designed, wrote and produced Les bancs publics, an itinerant musical and poetry performance at symbolic locations across the city, in collaboration with composer Camille Rocailleux. In 2021, with Gaëtan Vassart she wrote a short film, 1 heure 30, and a feature film, Love, which is currently in production. In October 2021, she participated in the project incubator run by the Commission Internationale du Théâtre Francophone in Hammana, Lebanon, where she met artists from French-speaking countries with whom she forged strong artistic bonds.
About Gaëtan Vassart
Born in Brussels in 1978, Gaëtan Vassart is an author, director, and actor who now lives between Paris and Bastogne. He studied directing at INSAS before joining the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris in 2001. He has acted on stage under the direction of Philippe Adrien, Bernard Sobel, Eric Ruf, Gérard Desarthe, Michel Didym, Joël Jouanneau, and Laura Shroeder and performed texts by Handke, Ostrovski, Shakespeare, Valetti, Olecha, Gombrowicz. He has acted for cinema and been directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, Laurent Herbiet, and Pierre Schoeller (L’Exercice de l’Etat). Gaëtan Vassart released several albums before becoming a playwright. He wrote and directed Toni M., a text that received a CNT creation grant and a residency at the Chartreuse and was presented at the Théâtre des Halles in Avignon; Peau d’Ourse, based on the Italian tale Pentamerone, at the Maison de Radio France with Anne Alvaro; and Danseuse (support from CNT) created at the Comédie de Picardie. In 2015, he adapted Anna Karénine – les bals où on s’amuse n’existent plus pour moi, the first stage adaptation in France of Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina which he directed at the Théâtre de la Tempête in 2016 with Golshifteh Farahani in the lead role. The same year, with Jean-Claude Carrière, Gaëtan Vassart wrote a stage adaptation of the novel Elle joue by Nahal Tajadod. In 2018, he directed Miss Julie by Strindberg at the Comédie de Picardie, a co-production with the Scène nationale d’ALBI. That year, he also directed Home, partie by Naghmeh Samini at the Théâtre Aftab Hall at Fajr International Festival Théâtre in Teheran in partnership with the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in Teheran. In 2019, he directed Bérénice by Jean Racine at the Manufacture des Oeillets, at the Théâtre des Quartiers d’Ivry, Centre Dramatique National du Val-de-Marne, in a co-production with the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume d’Aix- en-Provence, with Valérie Dréville in the lead role. In 2022, he adapted L’art de perdre, based on the novel by Alice Zeniter at the 11 Avignon.
Pursuing its efforts to connect the Luxembourg performing arts sector with those of neighbouring countries, Kultur | lx organised a programme of professional meetings in France with the main actors of the Strasbourg Euroregion.
This meeting was organised with the aim of allowing artists, independent collectives and production companies from Luxembourg to discover their peers in order to foster cross-border collaborations.
A delegation of eight professionals took advantage of this unique opportunity to discover the theatres of Strasbourg and its region, even beyond the German border. Le Maillon, TAPS, Théâtre Baden Alsace, CDCN Pôle-Sud and Schiltigheim culture all opened their doors to this delegation. In addition, the Agence Culturelle Grand Est and the production and support office Artenréel#1 gave advice on how to get Luxembourg productions circulating in France and develop collaborations between the two countries.
“The visit to the performing arts sector in and around Strasbourg was very interesting because it gave us the opportunity to meet various structures that were very different in size, mission and vision. This gave us a fairly representative spectrum of venues with which we could collaborate and also an understanding of the mechanisms of production and dissemination in the territory. The directors and representatives took the time to meet with us and we had a lively and interesting discussion, which gave some of us the opportunity to talk about projects in progress that had already been sent. I also found that the eclecticism of our group, which brought together several disciplines, made it possible to open up several enriching discussions during the presentations of our work. It’s a wonderful ‘laboratory’ for encounters“, commented Sophie Langevin of the company JUNCTIO.
As the Strasbourg area has become a neighbour of Luxembourg through its integration into the Grand Est region, and as it already shares great similarities with Luxembourg, notably in its French-German bilingual dimension, these first meetings will hopefully lead to many more.
Guitar player David Laborier was selected to perform at Jammin’Juan, one of the most important showcase festivals in France and Europe, on November 3rd 2022. Taking place every year in Juan-les-Pins, Jammin’Juan gives artists the opportunity to introduce their projects to French and European professionals during showcases and meetings. David Laborier will present his latest project NE:X:T, released in 2018.
About David Laborier
David Laborier started playing the guitar at the age of 13. He soon developed a passion for this instrument and decided to become a professional musician after further studies at the Conservatoire of the City of Luxembourg. David then studied at the Berklee College of Music in 1995, where he graduated in 1999. An experienced guitarist, arranger and composer, David Laborier is a founding member of the Orchestre National de Jazz Luxembourg. He also played with the trumpet player Gast Waltzing and his band Largo, and he conducted several personal projects. His composition “Fast and Furious” from the album Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Band won the 2010 International Songwriting Competition in the jazz category. Three of David’s arrangements were featured on the album Sings by Beninese diva Angélique Kidjo with the Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg conducted by Gast Waltzing. The album won a Grammy Award in 2016 in the category “Best World Music Album”.
In 2018, David Laborier released NE:X:T, an album that features the medium sized sextet format and showcases a musical melting pot of jazz, pop, rock and experimental elements. It is a homogenous co-existence of musical styles resulting in highly accessible colours and atmospheres, rather than giving the listener the impression of an overdone and intellectual arrangement of notes. NE:X:T takes the audience to the stylistic edge of jazz music, even crossing all the boundaries of a classic instrumentation. The melodies of the tunes from NE:X:T sure have a contagious quality to them and will surely find an audience beyond the hardcore jazz aficionados.
In 2019, the album was nominated for two “independent Music Awards” (best song FUNK/FUSION/JAM for “Step Right Up!” and best jazz producer).
Available on WPR Jazz/MIG Music.
David Laborier (guitar) – Marc Huynen (trumper) – Pierre Cocq-Amann (saxophone) – Sebastian « Schlapbe » Flach (bass) – Jérôme Cardynaals (drums)
More information on Jammin’Juan here.
Establishing links with the Francophonies, Kultur | lx welcomed and met Hassane Kassi Kouyaté, Director of the Francophonies – Des écritures à la scène during the Focus Theatre last spring. On this occasion, we had the opportunity to talk with him about the festival that started on September 20th with a tribute to Monique Blin, founder of the Francophonies in 1984.
Kultur | lx: What does the Francophonies mean to you? What are the challenges?
Hassane Kassi Kouyaté: There are as many Francophonies as there are people. Language is a cultural object that expresses a combination of cultures, Francophonie is a cultural act. The accent, the way in which a sound is pressed, creates a word and also expresses different Francophonies.
What interests me is to hear authors who tell the world differently, who shed a different light. How, through these different francophonies, they tell the same world.
How do you see the programming and your relationship to plural Francophone writing?
We choose to focus on one region so that the audience can see the difference between the Francophonies from which political, academic or sociological discussions emerge (Editor’s note: the heart of the Festival will be at the Archipelago this year. Islands of words and songs, islands of music and dance, islands of terrestrial and literary nourishment. And above all, encounters, links, beyond borders to make an archipelago).
We are always on the lookout for other ways of conceiving, of saying. The different theatrical and written forms allow the artist to express his or her truth, which can be found in a universality.
We are in the craft business, every project is special and we take the time it takes to bring these projects to life.
What are your first relations with Luxembourg authors?
The meetings held during this focus have opened up perspectives and ideas for future collaboration. There is a real desire to support authors in this territory, a very positive dynamic.
Moreover, for the first time, we are welcoming a Luxembourg author in residence, Ian de Toffoli, for 6 weeks for his next project, Léa et la théorie des systèmes complexes, which will be the subject of a theatrical production, co-produced by the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Les Francophonies de Limoges at the beginning of the 2023/2024 season.
With the Festival des Zébrures d’automne des Francophonies de Limoges in full swing, Ian de Toffoli, who is currently in residence until 22 October, finds this festival inspiring: “Every day you can see music, concerts and, above all, plays by French-speaking authors from all over the world, from the Caribbean, Africa, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and – soon – even Luxembourg. It’s a great place for exchange, for dialogue, a place that promotes cultural diversity and openness to the world, which we all need in these dark times. It is a festival like a breath of fresh air! I have the chance to attend performances there, to make rich and inspiring encounters, to feed myself artistically from what I see and experience.”
Kultur | lx is headed to Paris-based music festival and conference, MaMA Festival, this year for a fresh take on music:LX’s previous joint showcase action, Salut Voisins! This time, we’re partnering up with our export partners from Wallonie-Bruxelles Musique (BE) and Italia Music Export (IT) for “Ciao Voisins!” to each present one artist/band in front of music industry professionals on Thursday, October 13th at Madame Arthur.
Representing Luxembourg will be none other than hyper-pop artist, C’est Karma, who has had a fantastic couple of years in the French market, including a performance on the coveted ARTE Concert Festival in 2021. Karma recently announced a small French tour leading up to MaMA Festival at the beginning of October.
Between hyperpop, alt-pop and noise influences, the 20-year old C’est Karma presents her version of audacious pop inspired by artists like SOPHIE, Charli XCX or Arca. With lyrics that are often politically charged, C’est Karma offers us a soundtrack of her generation. As she approaches music as a tool for change, Karma doesn’t shy away from social issues that are close to her heart talking about feminism, climate change or expressing her frustration with the inequality of the capitalist system.
Join us Thursday, October 13th at Madame Arthur. We will take care of beverages with Belgian beers and Luxembourgish wine thanks to the support of the Mission culturelle du Luxembourg en France.
Ciao Voisins! @ MaMA Festival & Convention / Paris (FR)
Thursday, October 13th @ Madame Arthur
75bis R. des Martyrs, 75018 Paris, France
14:00 Post Nebbia (IT)
14:55 Tukan (BE)
15:50 C’est Karma (LU)
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From the 12th to the 14th October 2022, MaMA Music will give the chance for agencies, labels, publishing or management companies to have their artists – wherever they come from – to play in front of an international audience of music professionals, media and Parisian festival-goers. MaMA Music will showcase over 120 bands taking place across 10 emblematic venues and unusual places of Paris’ Pigalle and Montmartre districts.
On the convention side, more than 6,500 professionals can be expected at MaMA festival and considered one of greatest French gathering points in the music industry. By day, MaMA puts together a conference program featuring over 40 international speakers and 170 panels, keynotes, workshops, match-making sessions and cocktails for music industry actors. Music industry highlights will be covered such as: finance and values, marketing and communication, innovation and data, entrepreneurship, brands and media, international markets, publishing, cultural policies, synchro, creation and autoproduction.
Continuing its series of field trips to major international contemporary art events, Kultur | lx organised a fieldtrip to Lyon from 12 to 14 September, on the occasion of the professional days of the 16th Biennale of Contemporary Art. It was also an opportunity to highlight the release of Yann Annicchiarico’s book, which received the Kultur | lx portfolio grant last spring.
Postponed, due to the pandemic, the Lyon Biennial of Art (14/09-31/12/2022) joins the movements of post-covid questioning of the world that have agitated major contemporary art events this year. The title of the exhibition, “Manifesto of Fragility”, curated by Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil, both co-directors of the Berlin Museum of Contemporary Art – Hamburger Bahnhof, “affirms fragility as intrinsically linked to a form of resistance initiated in the past, in touch with the present and capable of facing the future”. Taking 12 sites in the city of Lyon, from the former Fagor factories to the macLyon, via the Gadagne Museum and the Lyon Part Dieu train station, the Biennial invites us to accept “fragility as one of the most widespread truths in our divided world” and to think about this vulnerability in the light of the works and objects presented, created over the course of two millennia.
As the most important event dedicated to contemporary art in France outside of Paris, the Lyon Biennial was once again colourful on its opening days, with a large number of people coming to meet the artists, most of whom were present in the exhibition spaces. Seven Luxembourg artists (Bruno Baltzer, Sofia Bouratsis, Jessica Dasilva, Robert Frankle, Claudia Passeri, Letizia Romanini and Julie Wagener) responded to the call for applications launched by Kultur | lx. They participated in a program consisting of visits to exhibitions, meetings with their peers, and social events (openings, professional brunch).
The launch of Yann Annicchiarico’s book, De papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge (Moths and the Muybridge Scale), just published by Presses du réel (Dijon, 2022), was the highlight of this programme. It was presented in dialogue with the curator Sofia Bouratsis during a stroll along the banks of the Saône that allowed the public to reach the ENSBA (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon), and the book was awarded the portfolio grant by Kultur | lx last May. De papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge by Yann Annicchiarico is the second publication in the collection of the ENSBA’s Contemporary Art and Time of History research unit, edited by Bernhard Rüdiger. The book looks back at a singular state of perception. Not an active and conscious perception, but a particular state of the senses when they are exposed to the experience of emptiness – a suspension of attention that is an essential element of Yann Annicchiarico’s research.
This launch closes the season of major contemporary art events to which Kultur | lx has invited the Luxembourg art scene. Through these movements and exchanges between events, the formation of these small groups of people with varying backgrounds has enabled the artists to get to know each other better and to exchange ideas in contexts that are likely to lead to in-depth discussions. In December, Kultur | lx will publish a calendar of events for 2023 that will be considered for mobility grants.
Organised on the initiative of Plan d’Est and Kultur | lx, the first meeting between visual arts professionals of the Greater Region took place on 8 September in Belval in the presence of some forty organisations and institutions of the Greater Region dedicated to the visual arts. The objective of this day was to better understand the diversity of the actors in the field of visual arts in the Greater Region and to evoke avenues for collaboration.
Plan d’Est, the visual arts cluster of the Grand Est, a professional association, Kultur | lx and the Région Grand Est imagined a light hearted social event where professionals from the visual arts domain could exchange and meet in an informal setting. Numerous organisations had come from France, in particular from Alsace and Lorraine, but also from Germany from Trier and Saarbrücken, as well as from Landau. The participants consisted mainly of art centres and associations, but also institutions that support the visual arts, such as the Région Grand Est and the Drac Lorraine, had come.
Some organisations had already had specific ideas for collaboration, such as the Mulhouse Biennial, which wanted to open its calls for applications to create a cross-border residency on the theme of the climate and was looking for European partners, or Accélérateur de particules, an association based in Strasbourg but operating in the Grand Est region, which proposes to organise the opening of artists’ studios on a cross-border scale. The Künstlerhaus of Saarbrücken proposed to the participants to create a cross-border residency between the different territories and reminded them that the Andrea Neumann art prize is a cross-border art prize.
A number of art schools in the Greater Region were represented, in particular ENSAD Nancy, which already has projects with Casino Luxembourg, and the Europäische Kunstakademie Trier. This was an opportunity for them to present their teaching and research areas, and to show their know-how, as ENSAD accompanied the group during the visit of the RESPIRE exhibition, curated by the art school in the framework of Esch2022. The Kunstakademie Trier has participated in numerous projects within the framework of Esch2022, including bus tours of contemporary art venues in the Greater Region. It also participates in the European Month of Photography (EMOP).
In addition to Esch2022, which hosted the event and enabled the group to visit the exhibitions at the Möllerei and the Massenoire, Luxembourg was present through three organisations: the CNA and the Rotondes, which already have a fine cross-border arsenal, and the Reuter Bausch gallery, which wanted to discover new horizons and shed light on the artists it represents.
For Kultur | lx, this day was a first step towards nearby territories that constitute the first milestones of an international career for Luxembourg artists. The artistic emulation that reigns there and the numerous places dedicated to contemporary art, without forgetting the media that accompanies them, constitute undeniable assets on our doorstep. Kultur | lx will accompany these regional movements as part of its mission to support the development of careers and the dissemination of creations.
Invitation – Guided Walk
A guided walk in Lyon—from place Sathonay to 8 Bis Quai Saint-Vincent—will mark the launch of a new book by artist Yann Annicchiarico, De papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge. The Contemporary Art and Temporalities of History (ACTH) research department at the Lyon Ecole des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) and Kultur | lx invite you to join the conversation between curator Sofia Eliza Bouratsis and the artist along the way.
This walk through the city is Yann Annicchiarico’s last stop after his recent travels between Kosovo and Greece. It is an exploration that began in Luxembourg, the artist’s birthplace but by no means his only base. Part Luxembourger, part Greek, part Italian, the artist’s archipelago of identities has influenced the work presented in this new book. This perpetual sense of externality allowed him to question our sense of perception and our sensory organs, to examine their potential suspension. It shall also serve as a way to approach his work in De papillons de nuit et l’échelle de Muybridge during the walk. This brief encounter will be an opportunity to explore all that is not contained within the book, yet determined the content.
De papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge by Yann Annicchiarico is the third title in the collection published by the ACTH research department. It received a Kultur | lx Portfolio Grant in 2022 and is part of the ACTH’s project to publish essays by contemporary artists. These reflections include visual and audio content, movement, dialogue, and dialectical explanations.
De Papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge brings together reflections and accounts from exhibitions in Germany, Luxembourg, France and Italy. The book reflects on a unique state of perception. It is not active conscious perception, but rather the state of the senses when they are exposed to a void—the suspension of attention, a key element in Yann Annicchiarico’s research.
Walk through Lyon
Tuesday 13 September at 4 p.m.
Meeting point at the old Café de la mairie, 4 place Sathonay Lyon, 45,76893° N, 4,83010° E.
Walk & Conversation between Sofia Elisa Bouratsis and Yann Annicchiarico at Les planches by Tadashi Kawamata on the banks of the Saône, 45,76810° N, 4,82238° E.
Book launch at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, under the arches of the Réfectoire Gallery.
8bis Quai Saint Vincent: 45,76792° N, 4,81731° E.
De papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge by Yann Annicchiarico.
Published by the Contemporary Art and Temporalities of History Research Department (ACTH) at the Lyon Ecole des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), with support from Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg.
Collection Artists’ Reflections.
With contributions from Jennifer Lauro Mariani, Clément Minighetti and Bernhard Rüdiger.
Publication date: September 2022.
Available at Presses du réel.
Bilingual edition: French and English.
Graphic design by Rémi Forte.
Graphic work by Juliette Flécheux.
Lettering by Immortel Infra G2 & Immortel Acedia, drawn by Clément Le Tulle-Neyret (2021), and distributed by 205TF.
Yann Annicchiarico (1983, Luxembourg) is irrecoverably foreign to his world. Neither entirely luxemburgish, greek or italian, this state of being at a permanent exterior has given him the means to question human perception and the organs it responds to, so as to study its possible suspension. His work confronts our human nature with worlds that are inaccessible to it and explores their potential spaces. Inseparable from the still or moving body, the act of perceiving in Annicchiarico’s work prompts an awareness of the limits of our own understanding and the possibility of transcending these limits. A shift from intelligibility to sensibility occurs when we grasp the impenetrability of dimensions that are foreign to us despite the fact that we rub shoulders with them. This impenetrability is ushered in by the reoccuring irruption of moths in his artworks, which leave marks of their passage and activate the gap between two worlds.
Yann Annicchiarico has held solo exhibitions at Réfectoire des nonnes in Lyon (2021); KIT – Kunst im Tunnel in Düsseldorf (2020); Nosbaum Reding Projects, Luxembourg (2019); Centre des Arts Pluriels, Ettelbruck (2018) and has participated in group exhibitions in MUDAM – musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2021); Museo Archeologico del Chianti Senese, Castellina in Chianti, Italy (2019) and at Villa Médicis, Académie de France, Rome (2015). He is a fellow artist-researcher with ACTH (Contemporary Art and Historical Time) since 2011.
Sofia Eliza Bouratsis is Greek and Luxemburgish. She lives between both countries and has worked in theoretical research, contemporary art, and cultural policy for more than a decade. She wrote her PhD on the Aesthetics and poetics of the body. The challenges of Bioart. in Arts and Art Sciences (Aesthetics) at the University of Paris 1 – Pantheon-Sorbonne in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Marc Jimenez. In addition to questions about aesthetics and corporality as expressed in contemporary art, her research includes the incorporation of the lived experience and the institutionalisation of the body. She is also interested in debates around public spaces, the transformation and gentrification of urban areas, the periphery (rural areas), remembrance, and fundamentally collective artistic practices. She occasionally teaches university courses (University of Québec, Montréal, 2016-2017) and prison courses (Second Chance School in Diavata Prison, Thessaloniki, 2016-2020). She has contributed to a variety of projects as a curator for public institutions, museums, galleries, architects’ offices, and local councils, amongst others. From 2014 to 2018, she worked closely with Danielle Igniti, then manager of the Dudelange City Art Centres. From 2008 to 2021, she was the social sciences editor of the transdisciplinary research review, Prétentaine, founded and run by Jean-Marie Brohm. Since 2015, she has organised exhibitions in several different countries and institutions. Bouratsis has a special interest in locations that do not usually host contemporary art (for example, prisons or remote villages).
Kultur | lx is joining forces with FEVIS (Fédération des ensembles vocaux et instrumentaux spécialisés) and CNM (Centre national de la musique) to represent Luxembourg’s musical market in the field of jazz and classical music at the networking and professional event New Deal on October 19th and 20th, 2022.
Initiated by FEVIS in 2016 and organised in cooperation with Grand Formats, Futurs Composés, France Festivals, the Association des Scènes Nationales, the Réseau européen de musique ancienne and the Institut Français, New Deal is a professional event fostering the touring of music ensembles.
New Deal gathers the teams of music ensembles and promoters in a pleasant and professional frame. This event is built around a key-element: the speed-meetings.
In order to represent Luxembourg at this professional event, and in the context of its missions to promote and support the touring of artists, Kultur | lx is currently building, together with FEVIS, a delegation composed by promoters and artistic teams of jazz or specialized classical music ensembles. This first participation at New Deal will allow the selected ensembles to extend their touring network and find concert opportunities for the artistic seasons to come. For Luxembourgish institutions, their presence at New Deal will give rise to dialogues and exchanges with French and European cultural actors, which could also help building collaboration and partnership opportunities.