TOPOLOGIE – dance performance in public space

Topologie Project realized by Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) deals with the unities of space, time and action that make up a performance. By creating a stage the size of a geographic area and by adapting the length of the performance to that of a process in a state of creation, the disassociated unity becomes a part of the public space, using the daily routine of the city and the social relations that take place there. The process takes place using immersion within the chosen social context. All accessible areas of activity are potentially taken into account by the dancers (stores, public facilities, means of transportation).

For several days the performers leave a predefined point of departure to go out into the public space, following an individual itinerary determined by the Topologie graph. Each time they go out, they enter progressively into the organization and increasingly precise replica of their simple acts: gestures and physical movements, social behavior, the speed of their movements, etc.

2 Tainan 2014, Photos: Fox, Courtesy: Scarecrow Contemporary Dance Company/les gens d’Uterpan

In a given space (the point of reference), the Topologie graph standard is exhibited and displayed over a map of the location where the project takes place. Along with the graph there is a sound system that plays the soundtrack that accompanies the construction and execution of the physical score. The audio piece is played over a free radio frequency usually broadcast in the area. The structure of the graph brings them together at certain specific places at precise times. Each trip out ends with the performers’ returning home.

1 Sundbyberg, Suède 2013, Photos: Mikaela Krestesen, Courtesy: Marabouparken Konsthall

Since 2010, Topologie has taken place in the cities of Belfort and Besançon (France), Zurich (Switzerland), Vienna (Austria), Lodz (Poland), Villeneuve d’Ascq (France), Sundbyberg (Sweden), New-York (USA), Tainan (Taiwan), Sinop (Turkey) and in the frame of Topologie Ile-de-France, Paris, Juvisy-sur-Orge, Morsang-sur-Orge, Viry-Châtillon, Vitry-sur-Seine and Nanterre (France).

3 New York 2014, Photos: Brian Rogers, Courtesy: The Chocolate Factory Theater

Performers: Karolina Chromczak, Helena Ganjalyan, Jan Lorys, Kamil Wawrzuta, Zuzanna Kasprzyk

Sound design and realization: Nicolas Martz

Specific partner: Specific partner: the French Institute of Poland in Warsaw, the French Institute in Paris, Österreichisches Kulturforum in Warsaw, Radio Toksyna.

With the support of the Ile-de-France Regional Cultural Affairs Office, Ministry of Culture and Communication – Support to the choreographic company 2013-2014 / Ile-de-France Region, convention of artistic and cultural permanency / Ile-de-France Region and Département de Paris – Support to employment. The company les gens d’Uterpan (Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet), in residence since January 2009 at CAC Bretigny is supported by the Département de l’Essonne and by the CAC Brétigny, infrastructure of Communauté du Val d’Orge and in residence at Micadanses (Paris) from Septembre 2014 to July 2015.

Project realised within the framework of The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk

Project supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage