Workshop Alternatives sorcières

    15/05 - 19/05  | 10:00 - 18:00
    20/05  | 15:00 - 18:00

€ 30

Public performance on 20/05 – 18:00
For arts students, anthropology students, people who feel related to the contemporary figure of the witch
Registration / 02 226 45 91 before 16/04, send a CV + a short motivation letter before 16/04, explaining your interest for the workshop. (Limited to 15 persons + attendance to the 6 days required.)

In recent years, the idea of witchcraft has seen a revival, mainly within the activist circles of artists, feminists, queers, and ecologists who – as a reaction to the continuous oppression of the Human rights – strive for more social justice and a less individualistic order of existence. This makes witchcraft today a metaphor for militant otherness, an alternative way of living, learning and apprehending the world. In this 6-day workshop, choreographer Latifa Laâbissi and curator Anna Colin will propose a physical and theoretical exploration of the contemporary figure of the witch. Diving into the witchcraft’s imaginary and archives – texts, fictions, reconstitutions, body practices, philosophical and anthropological reflections – Alternatives sorcières seeks to be a moment of transmission of rational and irrational forms of knowledge. The workshop will bring together a group of 15 participants and end with a public presentation open to all.

See also
Latifa Laâbissi, Anna Colin & Paul Maheke – W.I.T.C.H.E.S Constellation

En collaboration avec
Charleroi danse – Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

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Latifa Laâbissi was born in Grenoble (France) in 1964. From her very first creations, Latifa Laâbissi has made the body a place of politics. She ventures to produce a dance where the aesthetic, poetic and political are joined in one and the same gesture in order to question relationships of power and domination always at play in contemporary society. She confronts this approach to reality and opens it up to her own history, which has been marked by racial stereotypes – the kind that shapes identities. In all her pieces and research projects, she produces novel representations of a wild, comical and intimate body populated by images that ask questions as much as they disturb. The figure of the witch, the female warrior and archaic woman, tribal nudity and the ghost are all incarnations that take shape on stage to shift the expectations of an audience caught in their own stereotypes. The figures in Latifa Laâbissi’s pieces glide into the rifts of our collective imaginations to powerfully conjure up the presence of the marginalised and minorities, barely visible, disturbing identities, the kind that the choreographer calls “toxic figures” and that have this healthy ability to generate a mise-en-abyme critique of our collective story, of history, of histories and how we see it. 

Anna Colin is a curator, educator and researcher. She co-founded and co-directs Open School East, an informal learning and sociocultural space in Margate (UK) dedicated to artistic development and knowledge and skills exchange between various communities – artistic, local and otherwise. Anna works as associate curator at Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris, and is a PhD candidate in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, where she is conducting trans-historic and geographic research into alternative learning, social and arts centres. Anna was co-curator, with Lydia Yee, of the touring exhibition British Art Show 8 (Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton) in 2015-16. Previously, she was associate director of Bétonsalon, Paris (2011-12), associate curator at La Maison populaire, Montreuil (2012) and curator of Gasworks, London (2007-10).

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