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BackSketch of Togetherness #1


"Luc surprised me with his spontaneity and I surprised him with my questions."  Émilia Giudicelli

How can we really encounter another person, enter into dialogue, interact, listen to one another, engage with and be touched by people we don’t know? The long-term serial performative project Sketch of Togetherness is dedicated to the dynamics of meeting a stranger and getting to know one another. 

The dancer and choreographer Émilia Giudicelli and the wine grower Luc Reynaud meet in Luc's wine cellar,Domaine Reynaud. There they converse, each one curious about the other's work and way of life. Not only is this the meeting of different generations, different realities and values also encounter each other. Whereas Luc is bound to his location with his vineyard, Émilia's reality is characterised by continual travel and international work. What do you long for when you hear about another person's way of life? What are the positive aspects of each person's occupation and what are the difficulties? And what are the precious little rituals that structure Luc and Émilia's days?

Alongside differences in their daily (working) lives, there are bound to be similarities. Both of them work with earth and plants and embody, in their different ways, a connection to nature. In Luc's case, this is very concretely evidenced through his activities as a wine maker and his work on the vines. On the other hand, in her long-term research project TRANS:PLANT Y, Émilia engages with botany, blurring the distinction between nature and the city and relying on the potential of plant intelligence. How are these processes of growing wine and producing performances structured? What temporalities, cycles, conditions and other factors underlie them? And how do these different professional activities define and challenge the body, perhaps even wearing it out? The dialogue, which began when Émilia and Luc first met in September 2018, will resume during the performance on 23 May 2019 in the presence of an audience.

Biographies

Luc Reynaud

Winegrower

Luc Reynaud is a fourth-generation wine grower. He discovered his calling through his grandfather Albert, who was not a typical wine grower, loving not just wine, but books too. Sitting on the press and watching the process, Luc learned the secrets of wine growing from his father and grandfather, and to appreciate the wealth of the growing regions. After several years of intergenerational cooperation, Luc realised his dream in 2000 of founding his own wine cellar with help from his family. Since then, he has produced his own wine, driven by a continual search for improvement. He is passionate about grape production and is interested in quality rather than yield. The Domaine Reynaud vineyard is in the South of France. Over the years, the vineyard grew from 3 to 25 hectares and now comprises 50 hectares. The largest part of the property and the cellar itself is in Saint Siffret, one of the most beautiful villages in Uzès. The vines too profit from exceptional terrain and a very good geographical location. The very light soils also limit the damaging effects of the hot summer weather, preserving the grapes' aroma.

Émilia Giudicelli

Choreographer, Dancer

Émilia Giudicelli lives in Zürich. She has worked full-time as a dancer for about 10 years in about 40 choreographic pieces, either attached to national theatres, or freelancing with project-based companies in Spain, Germany, Scotland, Belgium and Switzerland. In 2013, she co-founds the group Fluoressenz together with Samuel Fried. Together they create several works. From the same year on, she follows the MA CuP programme at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies Gießen with philosopher Prof. Bojana Kunst. In 2014, further to one-year Programme at Abbaye de Royaumont (FR), she co-initiates the artist group L’APPEL with a focus on site-specific proposals. In 2016 she is guest choreographer and workshop leader for Overseas Culture Interchange in Brazil and Lebanon. Among her latest works she created NU together with Ioannis Mandafounis. Émilia is YAA – Young Associated Artist at Gessnerallee Zürich 2017/2018. In 2018 the City of Zürich supported with a cultural Price her choreographic and reflexive research TRANS:PLANT Y, a collaboration with Grégoire Paultre Negel.

Credits

Artistic Concept, Choreography: Lea Moro

Co-Choreography, Performance: Émilia Giudicelli

Co-Choreography, Performance: Luc Reynaud

Video, Sound, Documentation: Michelle Ettlin

Dramaturgy: Mona De Weerdt, Alexandra Hennig

Production: Ann-Christin Görtz

Graphic Design: ROLI Deluxe

In the frame of the festival presentation Uzès danse 2019, taking place on the Domaine Reynaud in Saint-Siffret (Uzège - Gard - France). Coproduction La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie - les Vins du Duché d'Uzès, with the support of Pro Helvetia and l’Onda.

23 05 2019 Domaine Reynaud Saint-Siffret (Uzège - Gard - France)

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