Les SUBS @ HELLERAU

Residency Exchange Program Site Specific Work, June – July 2022

With the second edition of the exchange program, Les SUBS  and HELLERAU offer four artists the opportunity to work on a specific issue within a thematically concrete framework. The joint trip, the common journey of the participating artists from Dresden to Lyon by train, is a new step to experience the distance between Dresden and Lyon and to rethink usual concepts of mobility.

For the Site Specific Work edition the following artists have been invited: Alix Boillot (Les SUBS), Nicolas Barry (Les SUBS), Minh Duc Pham (HELLERAU), Adele*Mike Dittrich Frydetzki (HELLERAU).

Description of the current research

My work from its conception is always inscribed in a space. Adieu beauté (2021) is a snow column destined to melt in the middle of the mountains; Rocky II (2021), a fake mole tattooed on my back – the location of which only I know – is photographed in a forest at night; in Scénographie potentielle (2019 – 2022), blue patatoïd forms gather and take on different shades depending on the location.
For the season 2023, Stéphane Malfettes, artistic director of Les SUBS, has invited me to invest in a site specific project in Les Subsistances: as part of this invitation, I will devote my two weeks in HELLERAU to enriching my research around pools and fountains.

Biography

Visual artist, Alix Boillot develops a practice of performance, scenography, sculpture and edition projects. She has shown her work at la Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), la Fondation Ricard (Paris), les Beaux-Arts de Marseille, Saint Ignace church for la Nuit Blanche (Paris), la Cité internationale des Arts (Paris), Plastique Danse Flore (Versailles), les Subsistances (Lyon), le SILO U1 (Château-Thierry), le Point Éphémère (Paris), Mains d’Œuvres (Saint-Ouen).

Among others she collaborates with artists such as César Vayssié, Ivana Müller, Ola Maciejewska, Robert Cantarella, Bastien Mignot, le collectif De Quark, Anaïs de Courson, Dominique Gilliot, Émilie Labédan, Yaïr Barelli.

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Description of the current research

A few years ago, a theater professor, when I came on stage to give the line to a classmate who was performing an excerpt from a Brecht play, said to her, “Are you honestly going to ask this leek to play your aviator?” A student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, once looked at Sophie’s thigh, and commented on it as a member of the local committee of a regional agricultural competition would have done. The piece “Le rêve de voler” is a danced dialogue between a vegetable and a piece of livestock. The project of performing this piece in non-theatrical places, in in-situ conditions, is accompanied by a desire to rehearse it in the framework of “rehearsal-performances”. It is a principle of creation in public, in open places, where each proposal, experimentation, attempt and failure can potentially have a spectator. The dream of flying programs in its very project a failure. There is therefore no reason to hide the great failures that constitute the first steps of a creation of this sort.

Biography

Nicolas Barry is a playwright and choreographer born in 1989 in Lille. After studying literature at the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and theater at the Claude Mathieu School, he joined the National Superior School of Dramatic Arts and Techniques of Theater (ENSATT) in Lyon, in the department of dramatic writing. He is a laureate of the R.C.A 2018-2019 scholarship (ENSATT Lyon, ENSBA Lyon, CNSMD Lyon), which allowed him to create in October 2019 the show Les Obsèques du Grand Paon at the Biennale of Contemporary Art and at Subs in Lyon. He participated in the 2020 edition of Danse Élargie at the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris). He developped, with the Ensemble Facture his first creations: l’Eau Potable (Drinkable Water), a short film, which he wrote and directed, and he directed between 2018 and 2020 ” Les Rapports des choses du vent et du souffle “, a dramatic laboratory. His creation Grand Crié, will be created in November 2022, at Subs.

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Description of the current research

“Get weaving!” My artistic work focuses on the relationship between the individual and the environment that surrounds it. The possibility of a research stay in another place means for me not only a new development of an unknown space, but above all a renewed and reflection of one’s own being within this space. In my practice I follow the approach of working with the things on site and to enter into collaborations. In the context of the stay in Lyon I plan to do a research on silk and weaving techniques from the region and would like to use this sensibility to an artistic work.

Biography

Pham, Minh Duc is a visual artist and performer. Besides graduating in exhibition design and scenography at the HfG Karlsruhe, Pham also studied performance and design theory at the UdK Berlin.

Pham’s artistic practice is deeply motivated by the need to reflect on traumatic experiences and to develop a new sense of the self. It is both the aim and the approach of an urgent creative will for change, self-empowerment, and the desire for self-determined social mobility. Pham’s artistic positions can be considered as individual works, yet are intended as sequential cycles.

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Description of the current research

Mike is interested in context-specific practices of movement and memory and their bodies of knowledge. Dey deal with the little visible histories/theirstories of resistant intersectional feminist movements and their historical locations, as most recently in the “Statzgi Flexen” project in St. Johannspark Basel.

Biography

Adele*Mike Dittrich Frydetzki (*1990) studied applied cultural and theater studies in Hildesheim, Gießen and Warsaw. 
The focus of Mike’s work is the queer-feminist reflection on stories of memory and origin, with an emphasis on post-East German contexts. In addition, dey focus on soft work practices and experimental, solidarity-based forms of organization. In 2021/22 Mike will work as artistic 
director and driver on “Statzgi Flexen” at Kaserne Basel as part of the Treibstoff Theater Days and with the theater collective die Soziale Fiktion on “Nah am Wasser gebaut” as part of the freischwimmen network at the Bremen Schwankhalle. Dey was a takecare scholarship holder in 2021 
and is currently a takeheart scholarship holder of the Alliance of International Production Houses. In 2019 Mike worked on the performance “Diesen Mangel nehmen wir persönlich”, an examination of strategies of queer feminist canon criticism and the legacy of performance artists of the late GDR, in co-production with Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden, LOFFT – Das Theater Leipzig and the gfzk – gallery for contemporary art in Leipzig. Dey is involved in the initiative for solidarity at the theater (ISaT). Mike was dramaturge for the Julian Warner production “The history of the federal republic of Germany as told by Fehler Kuti und die Polizei” at the Munich Kammerspiele.

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Funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Commissioner, by the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture, and by the Goethe-Institut Lyon.