our approach

The creation fields and the very diverse interests of our team of collaborators are valuable assets for us in leading us off the beaten path: choreography, new media, sound composition, somatic education, cognitive science, digital art, visual art, electronic engineering, installation and performance. These are all areas of knowledge that contribute to the interdisciplinary aspect of our approach. By confronting our mutual artistic practices, we have to merge concepts, forms and methods of creation belonging to different worlds. In the end, the assignation of one practice to one discipline rather than to another begins to blur. During the creative process, we often change roles in order to reconsider the individual ideas and a priori assumptions of each. This greatly facilitates the emergence of the new “artistic language” that we seek to build.

In our installations and performances, we try to approach the space from a new perspective and to position the public according to generally non-traditional formats: space with the public seated on two sides; closed space with one spectator at a time; public spaces (ports, storage spaces, community centres…); performer outside the presentation space and public inside of it; open space with the public circulating freely; intimate space where the public is in direct interaction with the performers. In our works, the tool is at the service of the body, but the body is “changed” by the tool. This metamorphosis questions the body in its beauty as much as in its distortion. Our gestural approach allows us to highlight the sometimes great opposition between global and dynamic actions of the human body, and delicate and precise gestures of certain parts of it. We have attempted to create a language of the body at the margin of codified vocabularies. The body is in constant interaction with the sounds and moving images that surround it and it must constantly adapt to the real and virtual architecture of the space and place.  

One of our concerns is to decipher the physical and socio-cultural context of the places we visit in order to adapt ourselves to them in a creative sense and to try to see them from a different perspective. The space becomes one of the live performers. Our in situ approach and position as “artists-researchers” in a field not yet well developed requires time, sophisticated technological equipment, and working environments that provide for fruitful experimentation. We assert the specificity of our work, which functions not in the standard cycle of creation-production-diffusion, but much rather in a continuous cycle of research and creation, punctuated by an intense period of diffusion; as the public and place are essential objects of observation and research for us, and therefore crucial ingredients in our work as a whole. We must, in such a context, work regularly in studio or residency to accomplish a long drawn-out job that is nourished by frequent contact with publics from various cultures and backgrounds, at all stages of the process.