Learning is about extracting invariant features from the noisy variability of reality. When our piece For Claude Shannon is performed, the dancers begin to learn a singular choreographic phrase approximately two hours before the audience enters. It is a moment of high concentration and nudity that is difficult to show in the temporality of the stage performance. Learning seeks to make visible the very particular performative quality of this learning process, in the museum space, which is less restrictive of the public's attention and circulation, and therefore lends itself better to the inherently protracted temporality of this experience. It is also a project of transmission and sharing. A juxtaposition of the stabilized object and the labor of creation.

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« While rehearsals are in full swing, we have discovered the hidden phase of the show, which is based on a real commitment to both the act and the temporality of the performance: when the spectators enter the Atelier de Paris on January 22 and 23 to attend the show, will they suspect that the performance for the dancers onstage will have already begun two hours earlier? This is a "learning" phase, essential to the process of the piece, because each performance, conceived as a unique act, is based on a constraint drawn at random and different each evening. » – Nathalie Yokel, January 2016

Conception · Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard
Performers for Learning, Paris · Lucas Bassereau, Jacquelyn Elder, Cynthia Koppe, Liz Santoro
Performers for Learning, Singapore · Le principe d'incertitude : Matthieu Barbin, Lucas Bassereau, Cynthia Koppe, Liz Santoro · T.H.E Dance Company : Elaine Chai, Eunice Wee, Goh Shou Yi, Kimmie Marie Cumming, Maybelle Lek, Natasha Neo, Zeng Yu, Zunnur Zhafirah, Klievert Jon Mendoza, Nah Jieying, Ng Zu You
Music for Learning, Singapore · Greg Beller

Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Paris Réseau Danse, CCN Ballet de Lorraine, Théâtre de Vanves, Abrons Arts Center-New York, Baryshnikov Arts Center-New York, The Kitchen-New York, DRAC Île-de-France, Centre Pompidou Paris, National Gallery Singapore, T.H.E Dance Company

With the support of Adami, Arcadi Île-de-France, Centquatre-Paris and Ménagerie de verre.

MAR 17 & 18 and 23 & 24, 2019 | The National Gallery of Singapore | Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. | Singapore, SG
MAR 31, 2018 | Centre Pompidou | Festival Artdanthé | Paris, FR