Performative lecture ‘Translating as a dancer’ by LAURENT PICHAUD
With LAURENT PICHAUD and CARME TORRENT
(Translator-interpreter: Quim Pujol)
In the framework of Deborah Hay Constellation
The lecture ‘Translating as a Dancer’ examines the way dancers receive and play with the “choreography of language” offered by Deborah Hay.
Laurent Pichaud is a choreographer and dance performer, artistic director of the x-sud art/site company, and guest artist-researcher in the Dance department of Paris 8 University.
Laurent’s process, both as a creator and researcher, centers around the use of choreographic gesture outside of traditional artistic or stage-oriented contexts. His work has two premier focal points. The first largely comprises site-specific practices and community projects created with non-dancer inhabitants, such as his latest projects : mon nom des habitants 2014•2018 about war memorials, and … en jumelle about Twin Cities which will premiere in June 2019. The second is his multifaceted collaboration with Deborah Hay, for whom he has been a performer (O,O – 2006), choreographic assistant (since 2008), co-choreographer (indivisibilities – 2011), and archivist (since 2014). Most recently, he has additionally taken on the role of translator for Hay—his expanded translation of My Body, the Buddhist—Mon corps, ce bouddhiste—was published in 2017, serving as a tool to study how writing functions for both documentation and transmission in the choreographic process.In 2018, he began a creative PhD at Paris 8 University titled Engaging site-specificity inside the work of another artist: Laurent Pichaud/Deborah Hay as a further evolution of the relationship between his creative and research processes and his central collaboration.
Carme Torrent studies architecture at the University of Barcelona while working in various studios, such as Enric Miralles. At the same time, she develops her work in the field of dance, alone and with other artists such as Min Tanaka, Carmelo Salazar and Xavier Le Roy.
She is interested in the work of the Body Weather (body climatology laboratory), developed by Min Tanaka and Hisako Horikawa, she travels to Japan and between 2000 and 2009 she regularly collaborates with the Tokason company directed by Min Tanaka. From 2012 to 2016, she collaborates with the choreographer Xavier Le Roy on proposals for exhibition spaces. She teaches workshops at the MACAP-Master of Performing Arts, Girona-Ljubljana-Dartington (2008-2009) and within the E.X.E.R.C.E Master program in Montpellier (2014-2020). carmetorrent.com