Shonen - Éric Minh Cuong Castaing: Forme(s) des vie 

31.5.  Bern, BewegGrund.Das Festival                                                                                                                                                  03.6.  Genf, Out of the Box Festival - Biennale des Arts inclusifs

Which gestures would you keep if every movement were a challenge, a struggle demanding your full attention? In Forme(s) de vies (Forms of life) two performers with restricted mobility, a former professional boxer and a dancer, retain their old movements. Three dancers become their human prostheses and part of a collective and intimate choreography. They support and influence each other, blurring the boundaries between the supposed virtuoso and the supposed handicapped party. Who is leading whom here? Questions of trust, understanding and self-determination are negotiated – sometimes as a tangible demonstration of strength, sometimes seemingly weightless. In Forme(s) des vies the company Shonen joins live performance and film into an event of overwhelming tenderness in an otherwise highly individualised, competitive and mechanised environment.

Duration: 60 minutes
Language: Without language
Access: Audiodescription in Bern and Geneva

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French choreographer Éric Minh Cuong Castaing graduated in visual arts from the Ecole de l’Image des Gobelins (Paris). He subsequently focused on different forms of dance, including hip hop, But? and, most recently, contemporary dance. Since 2007, his company Shonen has been developing choreography and researching relationship patterns and modes of perception of bodies in the new technological era. His artistic projects always search for connections between the world of art and public institutions, such as hospitals, schools, research laboratories and NGOs. He is currently associate artist at the Comédie de Valence and ICK Amsterdam. His works tour internationally and have received multiple awards.

Concept: Shonen
Co-Choreography: Aloun Marchal & Éric Minh Cuong Castaing