“InstantT21” by Love Labo

Nathalie Broizat, who spent many years working with multidisciplinary American artist Rachel Rosenthal, develops performance work that took root in New York in the early 1950s around the philosophy of John Cage. Today, she develops its historical roots and its contemporary aesthetic and artistic stakes in France, creating a hybrid and unique style of performance. InstantT21, a video piece for 3 dancers, is the continuation of her InstantT2020 project. In InstantT2020, a piece for 10 dancers, performed at the opening of the Danse Dense festival in March 2020 just before the lockdown, Nathalie Broizat explores the principle of totality in the work of art, seeking to mobilize the intensity of the moment. The principle of totality transforms the moment into a tangible reality.

InstantT21, an experimental video-performance, is the first collaboration between performance artist Nathalie Broizat/Love Labo and filmmaker Jérôme Cassou with performers Anna Gaïotti and Gianfranco Poddighe. These artists got together to improvise on the theme of the pandemic in March 2021. What are they going through? What are their fears and hopes? How do they connect to themselves in this context?

This project brought together two artistic universes: Nathalie Broizat, who works with the absurd, strangeness, collages, and assemblages, and Jérôme Cassou, who works with narration specific to cinematography. Here, the performance that normally only exists in the instant of the experience, by its ephemeral nature, is transformed into an object to be seen and re-seen.

The spectator is invited to watch this performance-video with his/her singularity, to create his/her own experience. Trusting one’s own imagination is the key to the experience. The invitation is to watch InstantT21 several times.

In a living three-dimensional tableau, out of frame, this video-piece deals with the current journey through the pandemic. There is grief, mourning, rage, fear, sadness, and absence. The lack of what we create when we come together in a theatre. There is also play, love, hope, life.

About the Artists

Having trained at a dance high school with René Bon, Nathalie Broizat began a career as a dancer in Lyon while perusing her university education. In 1998, she graduated with a degree in performing arts from Paris 8 University. In 2000, she received a Fulbright scholarship for her choreographic studies at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York. She spent three years in New York where she developed her solo work and performed in venues such as Movement Research at Judson Church, Dancespaceproject at St Mark, Dixon Place etc. She also regularly worked for the Accidental Movement Company directed by Mariangela Lopez. She then moved to Los Angeles to work with Rachel Rosenthal and was a member of the company for more than 6 years. She also developed her own work and performed in places such as Redcat, Moca (Museum of Contemporary Art), the Getty Center, Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, the Single File Festival in Chicago, the University of Mississippi etc. Since returning to France, she has been working with Marco Berrettini (iFeel3, My Soul is my Visa) and Anne Rebeschini (HH). She also works for choreographer Anna Gaïotti and visual artists Laura Sellies and Amélie Giacomini as well as Caroline Breton et Anne Rebeschini. She runs the Love Labo Company in residence at the Fondation des États-Unis. In 2015, she received Rachel Rosenthal’s DbD legacy, which she merged with her own work methodology to develop both its pedagogical and performance aspect. She regularly leads the DbD Workshops for professional artists and amateurs, as well as in the humanitarian and corporate context. Performance artist Nathalie Broizat directs the Compagnie Love Labo, in residency at the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Her next creation InstantT2020 for 10 dancers and performers will be premiered at Théâtre de Vanves as part of Ardanthé 2020, and pre-premiered for the Danse Dense festival.

Anna Gaïotti is a performer, choreographer and writer. She directs the Lovalot company. She graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2009. She joined ESSAI at the CNDC of Angers / E Huynh in 2011; then Keersmaeker’s PARTS / AT Research cycle in 2018. She has worked with choreographers Mark Tompkins, Phia Ménard, Meg Stuart, director Véronique Aubouy, and has been associated with Amélie Giacomini Laura Sellies’ performances and films since 2014. She is member of the Vierge Noir band with Léo Dupleix and Sigolène Valax.

Gianfranco Poddighe performed for Raffaella Giordano, and then for Francesca Lattuada for eight years. He then joined the companies of Josef Nadj, François Verret and Christophe Haleb. From 1998 to 2008, he collaborated and co-signed all of the pieces for the company Melk Prod (Marco Berrettini). He began a career as an actor under the direction of Jan Lauwers (Needcompany), Simon Abkarian, Lukas Hemleb, François Wastiaux, and Fabrice Gorgerat, Mathieu Bauer, Gwenaël Morin… In film, he has worked with Claire Denis, Stéphane Giusti, Judith Caen and Alain Nahum… He is currently working with Emilie Rousset on the “Specialists” and “Reconstitution” projects.

His long-lasting collaboration with the German choreographer Pina Bausch places filmmaker and artistic director Jérôme Cassou among the specialists in dance films. His first feature film UNE JOIE SECRETE was selected for the Venice Biennale and released in cinemas in September 2019. He works with the dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Hotel Palace, shoots multi-camera recordings of Blanca Li or Bill T Jones for Arte or France Televisions and collaborates with major museums or brands. Graduate of the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, he is the current culture columnist for Telematin on France 2.

Practical Information

Presentation of the film via Zoom (no more than 30 mins) upon reservation.
Dates : March 31 & April 1 | Times : 13:30 & 18:15 | Facebook Event Wednesday | Thursday

Wednesday March 31 at 13:30

Thursday, April 1 at 18:15


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