"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.