The Mob is two girls from Sweden who, under this alias, tell stories of another world – this world – with their bodies and voices. Both Emma-Cecilia Ajanki and Julia Giertz were educated at the Danish National School of Contemporary Dance and have been invited to dance and art residencies all over the world.
I’ve entitled this talk “When You’re Strange” because what I would like to discuss is how the experience of living outside one’s language, and of being immersed in another tongue, can and inevitably does change one’s mother tongue or in the very least one’s relationship to it.
Chocolat: Clown Nègre tells the true story of Rafael Padilla, a former slave born in Cuba who became the first black artist in France. Rafael captivated Parisian audiences in the Belle Epoque through his talents as a singer, dancer and clown, working under the stage name of ‘Chocolat’…
I first met Lendl Barcelos by the fountain in the Place Saint Sulpice. This is the same square that Perec exhausts in his book Tentative d’épuisement d’un lieu Parisien, but this is not important.
Marianne Chargois, contorsionist, actress and sex worker, performs her daily life and nourishes her stage work with her experiences. She works essentially with strangers that remain strange, and occasionally with familiar faces that remain so.