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International meetings butoh dance and acousmatic music

Call of participation for acousmatic composer - Call of participation for butoh dancer

Organised by AEA (Aventures Electro Acoustiques), Motus compagnie musicale, Le Cube, Centre de création numérique.
Issy les Moulineaux (near Paris).



Deadline for propositions : 31th of march 2017


To make a proposition as acousmatic composer
To make a proposition as butoh dancer

Argument

The aim of the butoh-acousmatic festival/meeting project "En chair et en son" is to encourage new collaborations for,
up to now little explored, creative investigation.

Placing the dancer's body at the heart of the machinery of digital sound projection "acousmonium", to confront him
with this 'music of imaginary', the primitive pleasure of the sound perception, to open the butoh dancer's perception
to new creative paths. From then on, the richness of the acousmatic sound environment can interact with his body and open new ways of motricity and expression.

Butoh and acousmatic sound proceed from the same will of transgression, from the same desire of a return to the essence of things (the flesh, the sound).

The two first editions of the festival showed the creative richness and the potential that such meetings contain.


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Call of contribution Acousmatic music / Butoh dance

In the scope of these "Butoh dance and acousmatic music" meetings, we are looking for composers of acousmatic music
and butoh dancers. Selected musicians and dancers will take benefit of time-slots for rehearsals in Le Cube,
Centre de creation numérique (Issy les Moulineaux, close to Paris) and in the CND (Centre National de la Danse), Pantin close to Paris.

The selected musical works will be interpreted on the 'acousmonium' of the Motus company. The Dancers will be able to select
the musical work with which they want to perform during the festival.

An artistic and scientific comitee, constituted by composers, dancers and researchers will proceed to the selection of propositions.
The comitee will be particularly interested by the motivation expressed by the artists to work on a spirit of "meetings and exploration" between acousmatic music and butoh dance.

The intention of these meetings is clearly to promote the emergence of new ways of creation and collaboration between dance and music. For purposes of opening and eclecticism, the comitee will be interested by "transgenres" propositions, coming from various influences, however without to deny the "butoh-acousmatic" specificity.

«En Chair et en Son» proposes to initiate meetings between composers and dancers, however creations which already results from an existing cooperation between one composer and one dancer could be proposed.

During the work of each « pairs », the dancer- composer “confrontation“ would imply some adaptations of the musical work:
• Temporal adaptations: in some cases up to a reworking or restructuration of the musical work.
• Spatial adaptations: for example the composer can “divert” the sound during the sound projection on the acousmonium,
depending of the dancer position.

The musical propositions

The musical propositions shall have a duration between 15 to 30 minutes. However propositions longer than 20 minutes will be considered with priority. They have to be available on a on-line audio distribution platform (like soundcloud, bandcamp…). They shall go with a concert note, written in French or English, explaining the musical work and the linked desired/seen with the butoh dance.

Proposals shall be sent exclusively by e-mail, to the following address : contact@en-chair-et-en-son.fr

The selection comitee will be particularly interested by the proposals which takes into account the “spirit” of these meetings: music played on a acousmonium and associated with butoh performance: Takes the time to read the arguments and tracks of reflections proposed, and to visit the website of the festival showing excerpts of the previous editions and some texts of the symposium.

The butoh dancers propositions

It is asked to submit, via an in-line video platform (as youtube, vimeo,…) an excerpt or the totality of a butoh performance video captation. They shall go with a note, written in french or English, explaining the motivation to participate to these meetings and the links considered with acousmatic music.

Proposals shall be sent exclusively by e-mail, to the following address : contact@en-chair-et-en-son.fr

The selection comitee will be particularly interested by the proposals which takes into account the “spirit” of these meetings: music played on a acousmonium and associated with butoh performance: Takes the time to read the arguments and tracks of reflections proposed, and to visit the website of the festival showing excerpts of the previous editions and some texts of the symposium.

The conditions of the place does not allow to accept groups of dancers with acceptable conditions, then only propositions of solo dancers will be considered.

Conditions

The comitee will be the interface allowing dancers and composers to meet together. All submitted musical works and video will be put on line on a dedicated page of the website of the festival (public access).

The selection of the artists will be done the 15th of April 2017. From this date, only the musical work and the video of the selected artists will be put on line. The artists will then have 15 days to perform the choice of their “partner”: lists by priority orders will be asked and the comitee will propose the “pairs”.

From the 1st of May 2017, all pairs should be constituted, the comitee will propose planning for rehearsals organized in Le Cube and (to be confirmed) in the Centre National de la Danse (CND) in Pantin, close to Paris.

For any question thanks to send a mail to : contact@en-chair-et-en-son.fr

Special thanks to Carey Jeffries for the translation

Maite Soler: photo Fabrice Pairault