Notions of identity, transformation and anonymity have always been at the heart of my work. I'm interested in the multiple potentials of identity, and how they give the body a specific quality.
With Froufrou, my new project, I would like to deepen my work on identity by exploring other perspectives. In particular, that of the identity of an individual in a group (their codification, in a strictly social relationship or in a ritualistic mise-en-scene) and, almost as a counterpoint, those of fragmented identities influenced by a group or ceremony.
My intuition led me to undertake a research residence in Haiti. While there I was able to have a closer look at Haitian voodoo rituals, which according to me, deal in their own way with these identity questions. A voodoo ceremony stages the invisible world by giving it physical presence: the Iwas (spirits, divine and colorful characters, with very strong symbolical identities) descend to the world of the living to momentarily possess and dialogue with the humans. During a voodoo ceremony a body can by traversed by several Iwas, or identities.
The power of a voodoo ritual also comes from the community, and thus joins my desire to work in a group and to create my first group piece for four performers. The première will be at the ADC theatre in Geneva on the 20th of November, 2013.
Updating: mars 2015
Marie-Caroline Hominal, live and work in Geneva. She received her dance education at the Schweizerische Ballettberufschule (ZHDK TanzAkademie) in Zurich and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, where she joined the National Youth Dance Company. Her artistic practice includes choreography, performance, video, drawing, music. She has developed miniature one-to-one performances such as Le Triomphe de la Renommée (2013), The Last Dance (2015), Ballet Solo (2018) and Duchesses (2009) co-created with François Chaignaud as well as full length performances such as Patricia Poses by the Pop Machine (2011), Ballet (2014) & Grrrrrrrrrr (2018). She also created the music one woman band performance Silver (2013) and the arti- sanal radio show Where’s the MC (2015). Following her research on the notion of authorship with the series Hominal/XXX, she invited Markus Öhrn for the first piece Hominal/Öhrn (2018), and then Nelisiwe Xaba for the second piece of the series : Hominal/Xaba (2019). She has collabo- rated with the electronic musicians Clive Jenkins, Cristian Vogel, visual artists Kim Boninsegni, David Hominal and Delphine Coindet. As a dancer, she has worked with the Tanztheater Basel, Irène Tassembedo, Blanca Li, Gisèle Vienne, Gilles Jobin, La Ribot and Marco Berrettini (with whom she co-signed the duo Ifeel2). She was a guest performer for Human Writes by William Forsythe and B.O.B by Dick Wong. In 2019 she was awarded “Outstanding female dancer” by the Swiss federal dance jury. Since 2008, her work has been pre- sented in both theaters, museums and galleries in all Europe, China, North and South America. She has been invited to give workshops and lectures at ECAL- Lausanne, HSLU-Luzern, Hochschule der Künste Bern.
Source - MC Hominal
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Artistic direction / Conception
Marie-Caroline Hominal avec la collaboration de Chiara Gallerani, Jasna L. Vinovrški, Pauline Wassermann, Rudi Van der Merwe
Chiara Gallerani, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Rudi Van der Merwe et Pauline Wassermann
Dialogue des Morts, Marvin Victor
Masques : Didier Civil
Montage Marc Cochand