These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place Benoît Lachambre and Rachel Tess, new work performed at Wanås Konst, Saturday June 14, 2014

These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place

Benoît Lachambre and Rachel Tess
Performance at Wanås Konst, The Loft
Saturday June 14 at 3.30 pm (Performance 1 h)Bookings: Wanås Konst, tel. 044 661 58, konsthall@wanaskonst.se
SEK 120 (SEK 100 seniors/students) includes admission fee and season pass

These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place is a newly created performance by artists/choreographers Benoît Lachambre and Rachel Tess. The work was created at Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC) in Kivik, Sweden and Wanås Konst in March/April 2014. These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place will be performed as a special occasion as part Dance Me, the ongoing exhibition at Wanås Konst. Dance Me presents artists that explore movement, make connections between life and art, and affect both body and mind. What directs our movements and activities? How is everyday life choreographed? Throughout the summer Rachel Tess will conduct continuous research and performances as part of Dance Me, inside of her mobile choreographic architecture Souvenir. For a full program of scheduled performances and the lecture Choreographic Sculpture by artist Damien Gilley (July 11 at Wanås Konst) please see Wanås Konst website, newsletter and Facebook. 

These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place. Performed and created by: Benoît Lachambre and Rachel Tess

These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place
In a landscape of palpable textures the performers navigate the link between inner body and tangible object; animating the inanimate through an exploration of the senses. Skin becomes canvas, bodies become abstracted, glimpses of the recognizable are sometimes present, and the byproduct of contact with the outer environment is an acoustic/rhythmic transmission of the sensuous.

 Letting be, being with, and sensing the profundity of silence allows the performers to refer unobtrusively to the complexities of human relationships.

The audience is a vital part of the shifting landscape. Alternating between lounging, sitting, standing, and relocating in search of the desired vantage point, the audience is shaped by the choreography.

Performances of These are bodies These are motions This is the place are scheduled for the fall of 2014. The work is produced by Rachel Tess Dance (Oregon, United States) with support from Par B.L.eux (Montreal, Canada). It was developed during a one-month residency at Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC) in Skåne, Sweden with support from Skåne Region, Simrishamn’s Kommun, and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Benoît Lachambre
Benoît Lachambre is a Montreal-based Canadian choreographer, performer, teacher, and artistic director of Par B.L.eux. In his work he explores the dynamics of communication and perception through an exploratory approach to movement. Benoît has collaborated with Lynda Gaudreau, Felix Ruckert, Catherine Contour, Boris Charmatz, Sasha Waltz, Isabelle Schad, Laurent Goldring, and Hanh Rowe. He has created solos for Louise Lecavalier and Marion Ballester. Benoît is the recipient of the Jacqueline Lemieux Award from the Canada Council, two Dora Mavor Moores, and a Bessie Award for his work with Meg Stuart on Forgeries, Love and other matters. He is the recent recipient of the 2013 Montreal Dance Prize. Additionally he has created two evening-length works for the Cullberg Ballet.

These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place. Performed and created by: Benoît Lachambre and Rachel Tess

Rachel Tess
Rachel Tess is an American dancer and choreographer from Portland, Oregon, living and working in Sweden. She received a BFA in 2004 from The Juilliard School in New York City and holds an MFA in choreography from Dans och cirkushögskolan (DOCH) in Stockholm. Tess has been a member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Gothenburg Opera Ballet, and held a permanent position with the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm until July of 2013. She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award in dance (2002), and was awarded the Martha Hill Award by the Juilliard faculty. She was part of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2010 for her work as co-director of Rumpus Room Dance in Portland, a dance collective committed to interdisciplinary dance collaborations in urban and non-traditional environments. She won and completed a Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City with her ongoing large-scale sculptural intervention Souvenir (http://www.bacnyc.org/residencies/resident/rachel-tess) in July of 2013. She is a member of ÖSKG and is currently based in Kivik, Sweden where she directs Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC).

MARC – Milvus Artistic Research Center
With one indoor studio/performance space, living accommodations, and an inspiring landscape on 11 hectares of farmland at the edge of Stenshuvud National Park in Kivik, Sweden, MARC provides a concentrated environment for artistic research within the field of performance. Three times a year MARC invites collaborators and individual artists to participate in up to one-month residencies at the center. Artists are invited to share their work at open-studio showings during the residency period. MARC is a platform where performance practices, working modes, and methodologies are questioned and new work is created and shared. MARC provides the opportunity for dance choreographers and practitioners to focus on specific research questions. MARC has an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and welcomes other disciplines with a relationship to live performance to the center for residencies each year.



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Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. Since 1987 exhibitions of Swedish and international contemporary art have taken place, with a focus on site-specific installations. Today the sculpture park holds more than 50 permanent works, created specifically for Wanås Art by artists such as Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Ann-Sofi Sidén et al. Wanås consist of a medieval castle, an organic farm, a scenic sculpture park and an art gallery. Art is also installed in stable and barn buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Wanås Konst is run by The Wanås Foundation. A non-profit foundation in Östra Göinge municipality, in the South of Sweden, only 1.5 h from Copenhagen, Denmark. Founding Director Marika Wachtmeister initiated the art projects at Wanås in 1987. Since  2011 the foundation is lead by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. Read more at www.wanaskonst.se

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Wanås Konst – Center for Art & Learning, presents and communicates contemporary art that challenges and redefines society, working outside in the landscape around Wanås in Skåne, southern Sweden. The permanent collection in the sculpture park is complemented with a program of temporary exhibitions, both outdoors and in the Art Gallery, and events such as guided tours, artists’ talks, performances and workshops engaging a wide audience. Wanås Konst produces site-specific international art and learning in an innovative and accessible way. The collection in the sculpture park has 70 permanent works, created specifically for The Wanås Foundation – Wanås Konst by artists such as Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Robert Wilson et al. The sculpture park has approximatly 75 000 visitors per year and 8000 children take part in educational activities. Wanås Konst is run by The Wanås Foundation, a non-profit foundation created in 1994, in Östra Göinge municipality, in the South of Sweden, 1.5 h from Copenhagen, Denmark. Founding Director Marika Wachtmeister initiated the art projects at Wanås in 1987. Since 2011 the foundation is led by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. Wanås Konst is part self-financed, part supported by state, regional and municipal funding, as well as by private foundations and sponsors. Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. Wanås consist of a medieval castle, an organic farm, a scenic sculpture park and an art gallery in southern Sweden as well as the newly opened Wanås Restaurant Hotel. Wanås Konst is part of European Land + Art Network (ELAN) and Wanås is a Long Run Destination – a leader in sustainable development within the tourism industry, community development and cultural management. Read more at www.wanaskonst.se