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Facing the Sky curated by Louise DéryPas de deux pas de, 2016

Light test for Pas de deux pas de, 2016
Photo: Samuel Bianchini

Samuel Bianchini - Paris, France
Alexandre Saunier, research and programming for light interpretation
Amandine Bajou, choreographic notation (original Laban score analysis and adaptation)

Pas de deux pas de is a choreographic duet for two spotlights, which, like those used in live performance, project beams of white light. On a stage, in the middle of the city, these human-size spotlights have taken the place of the performers they are intended to highlight. Their beams are visible on an urban scale, in the sky and the surrounding areas, and above all, they light each other. The machines show themselves, avoid each other, seek each other out, synchronize with each other or not, attempting to perform, under the stars, an endless love duet and pas de deux, all through the night, on the banks on Lake Ontario.

How can such machines embody human movements and even feelings, moving together as a couple? How can one of the first and most famous "pas de deux", from Swan Lake, be interpreted from a choreographic score translated for their bodies and their mechanics? How can they take into account an environment that can disturb, intimidate, or even divert their attention – like the very real human dancers nearby, performing a choreographic work by Paul-André Fortier?

Samuel Bianchini (1971, Nancy, France) lives and works in Paris. As an artist and researcher, he combines practice, theory, scientist collaborations, and teaching. He has shown his works at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Art Basel, ZKM in Karlsruhe (Germany), Laboratoria in Moscow, space_imA and Duck-Won Gallery in Seoul, etc. He is Associate Professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where he is the head of the research group Reflective Interaction of EnsadLab.

Choreographic duet for spotlights based on a free interpretation of a choreographic score of Swan Lake, Act III, Choreography Ivanoff – Petipa – Sergejew


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Harbourfront Centre, Ann Tindal Park

235 Queens Quay West

Suitable for all ages

In association with Harbourfront Centre

This project is powered by Mobilizing.js, a programming environment for artists and designers developed by EnsadLab (The Laboratory of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, PSL Research University, Paris). Acknowledgments: Jonathan Tanant

This project is outdoors.