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Made in Strasbourg

Numeridanse.tv 2010

Choreographer(s) : Leighton, Joanne (Belgium)

Present in collection(s): Numeridanse.tv , Joanne Leighton

Video producer : CCNFCB

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Made in Strasbourg

Numeridanse.tv 2010

Choreographer(s) : Leighton, Joanne (Belgium)

Present in collection(s): Numeridanse.tv , Joanne Leighton

Video producer : CCNFCB

en fr

Made in... Séries

Made in... Serie is a mass-performance choreography exploring spacial constructions seeking to reveal and explore specific architectures of chosen sites or spaces.
Made in... Series is a portrait of a city, a human landscape, a moving architecture, the mapping of a site. Created for both interior or exterior spaces, and taking into account a passing public, the piece is a series of presentations in the performance site. Through its accessibility, the piece encourages as great a number of non-professionals as possible to participate in a choreographic work. In doing so, the piece is inherently connected to its city and inhabitants.
This project, developed as part of Joanne Leighton’s residence at Pole Sud in 2010, is an in-situ performance for 5 professional dancers and 99 amateurs, performed at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg (MAMCS). The work process enabled the participants to immerse themselves in the act of creation of a unique work, linked to the MAMCS.
Made in... is inspired by Land Art and through an exploration of questions of the quality of movement and the perception and mapping of space, Joanne and her dancers developed choreographic material accessible to a large number of non-dancers and amateurs. A sound score composed by Peter Crosbie and a scenography of large inflatable structures that introduce notions of weight and weightlessness help establish and define the performance space.
Made in Strasbourg is the first of this project, which will be recreated in different sites, contexts or towns, for example, museums and galleries, or urban spaces, such as parks or squares, under the name of Made in … Made in Strasbourg is the first creation by Joanne Leighton since being nomminated has directress of the CCNFCB.
Already presented are Made in Oldenburg (DE) Made in Centre Pompidou Metz, Made in Charleroi (BE), Made in Vesoul, Made in Ballet de Lorraine, Made in Nancy, Made in Belfort, Made in Freiburg (DE), Made in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Made in Dijon.


Choreographer : Joanne Leighton
Created with and alternately performed by Matthieu Bajolet, Massimo Fusco, Marie-Pierre Jaux, Claire Laureau
Sound design : Peter Crosbie
Technical director Thierry Meyer
Duration : 40 minutes (approx.)
Production Made in Strasbourg : CCNFCB, Pôle Sud and Velvet ASBL

Leighton, Joanne

Based in Paris Ile-de-France, Joanne Leighton is a Belgian-Australian choreographer. Her professional career is linked to an original, dynamic and constantly evolving vision of dance and her discourse is permeated by an emphasis on dialogue and exchange, both with the public and with her artistic collaborators. Central to her work lies the notion of site, territory and identity, which are for Joanne Leighton interdependant spaces.

After dancing in the Australian Dance Theater (1986-1991), Joanne Leighton moved to Europe, living and performing in London for 2 years. Her company Velvet was established in Brussels in 1993, where she built up her choreographic work, active for over 18 years. 

Directrice of the National Choreographic Center of Franche-Comté in Belfort in France (2010 – 2015). In 2015 Joanne Leighton formed WLDN, project, philosphy and platform for her choreographic research and creation. Her works have been performed nationally and internationally in theaters, urban and industriel spaces, art galleries, town squares, on rooftops and presented on screens and smartphones.

Joanne Leighton's choreographic work has been co-produced and presented on many international stages for over 20 years. Joanne Leighton has to her credit over twenty dance productions. This includes her stage work « Exquisite Corpse » (2012) an exquisite corpse for 57 worldwide choreographers and 7 dancers ; « Made in…Séries », a large scale ‘architecture in movement’ for 99 participants performed in situe and (re)created in France, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Cuba ; « The Modulables », a series of site-specific pieces between installation and performance with an ambulatory public, which have been evolving over a period of 10 years. Joanne Leighton and the director Christoph Frick co-sign « Melting Pot » for 9 young performers from immigrant backgrounds, a cultural exchange between the Theater Freiburg, the CCN of Belfort and Junges Theater Basel ; « Chair Dances » (2010-2015), a virtual digital gallery comprising over 30 short choreographic films involving chairs ; « 9000 Steps » (2015), is performed by six dancers on a bed of salt to the music of Drumming, Steve Reich.

In September 2011, Joanne Leighton launched her large scale work, « The Vigil », a work for 732 inhabitants and performed over 366 consecutive days.  The Vigil of Evreux - « Les Veilleurs d'Evreux » is currently being mounted for the Scène Nationale Tangram in Evreux, the performance will premiere on the 22nd September 2017 - 22 Setpember 2018.

In parallel to her signature stage piece « 9000 Steps », Joanne Leighton has initiated a series of walking pieces with « WALK#1 Belfort – Freiburg », where she walked a path between the two Vigil sites by following waterways over 120 kms in four days. Since 2014 these ‘walking dances’ are part of her choreographic practice.

An internationally recognized pedagogue, Joanne Leighton regularly gives lectures and workshops. She has taught for companies such as Jean-Claude Gallotta, Catherine Diverrès, Angelin Preljocaj, Trisha Brown Company, Centre National Danse in Paris, Carolyn Carlson Atelier, Batsheva Company etc.

« Songlines », the new choreographic work for 6 dancers, will premiere in February 2018. Interested in finding new ways of being, doing, thinking, working, making and presenting, Joanne Leighton seeks to embrace a radically different approach to access, ownership, and authorship in contemporary dance performance.


Source: Joanne Leighton's website

More information: wldn.fr

Made in Strasbourg

Choreography : Joanne Leighton

Interpretation : Matthieu Bajolet, Massimo Fusco, Marie-Pierre Jaux, Claire Laureau, Arthur Perole

Sound : Peter Crosbie

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : CCNFCB, Velvet, Pôle Sud-Strasbourg

Duration : 40'

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