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Made in Taiwan

Numeridanse.tv 2004

Choreographer(s) : Leighton, Joanne (Belgium)

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

Video producer : CCNFCB

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Made in Taiwan

Numeridanse.tv 2004

Choreographer(s) : Leighton, Joanne (Belgium)

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

Video producer : CCNFCB

en fr

Made in Taiwan

Dancer and choreographer Joanne Leighton engages in a dialogue with the audience and leads them to the heart of the choreographic process. The work takes the public on an exploration of performance codes, structure and the processes involved in the development of a dance piece.

The dance is a play on copy, erasure (of parts of the movement, or parts of the body), and the variations that a changing perspective on the same material suggests. The unfolding of the piece is permeated by fractures, interruptions and cuts, often created by the public themselves.

Alongside this playful approach to the choreography, Joanne Leighton continues her exploration of the integration of architectural processes into the work, an ongoing theme of her work.


Created and performed byJoanne Leighton
Lighting designerXavier Lauwers
Sound conceptor Peter Crosbie
Assistant textAnne Lemaire
Costumes : Joanne Leighton, Agnès Dubois, Chandra Vellut
Duration : 40 minutes
Made in Taiwan was re-created in October 2010 by the CCNFCB/Joanne Leighton.
At its creation, Made in Taiwan was produced by Velvet, the Ministère de la Communauté française de Belgique - service danse, Théâtre de la Balsamine Festival Danse à la Balsa and supported by Agence Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse, l’Agence Wallonie Bruxelles International and the SACD.

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 Taiwan

Choreography : Joanne Leighton

Text : Anne Lemaire (assistante)

Lights : Xavier Lauwers

Costumes : Joanne Leighton, Agnès Dubois, Chandra Vellut

Sound : Peter Crosbie

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Velvet, le Ministère de la Communauté Française de Belgique-Service de la Danse, Théâtre de la Balsamine Festival Danse à la Balsa et soutenu par l’Agence Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse, l’Agence Wallonie-Bruxelles International et la SACD

Duration : 40'

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