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French digital arts and contemporary dance in Jhb

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In today’s new media culture, the immediacy of contacts between people and their bodies is less intense. This topic is at the heart of French choreographer Yann Lheureux’s latest creation Macadam Instinct Digital Stage which will be presented for two performances only on 7 & 8 November 2013 at Wits Theatre as part of the South Africa – France Seasons 2012 & 2013. A conference on Digital Arts will be presented around this performance in Johannesburg.

Macadam Instinct Digital Scene is a multimedia contemporary dance creation performed by 7 South African dancers at Wits Theatre, Johannesburg, and simultaneously by 7 dancers from Company Yann Lheureux in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Macadam Instinct Digital Stage features dancers who twine and untwine in a frenzied race trying to join all together in a lone and identical movement: what Yann Lheureux defines as “the animal future”. 

The artistic project is about a gathering of 14 dancers, two foreign audiences, two different countries and locations. French Company Yann Lheureux takes the stage with South African contemporary dancers to create a digital stage which combines real and virtual bodies performing simultaneously a contemporary ritual.

Adapted to a variety of stage settings and urban cities, this vibrant dance and multimedia performance tackles the issue of instinct and how it survives the consequences of modernity in urbanisation and our “asphalt” cities, the imperialism of virtuality where the notion of location gives way to the notion of movement.

For the creation of the work, several artistic teams have been created in various countries including South Korea, France, Tunisia, Spain, Reunion Island, Madagascar, Mauritius and Senegal. 

Macadam Instinct Digital Stage
Venue:   Wits Theatre, Braamfontein, Jhb
Date   and time: Thu 7 November at 20:30
Fri 8 November at 11:00 (schools) and 20:30
Extra:   the first performance on Thu 7 Nov will be followed by a Q&A session with   the choreographer Yann Lheureux and dance specialist Adrienne Sichel
Price:   R70 (student discount R50)
Bookings   www.strictlytickets.com

Seminar on Digital Arts
with Prof Christo Doherty, Head of Digital Arts (SA), and   Ivan Chabanaud, Network Transmission Manager for Macadam Instinct Digital Stage (FR).
Venue:   Conference Room, Digital Arts Department, Wits University
Date   and time: 24 October from 13:15 to 14:15
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Yann Lheureux began his career as a dancer in 1986, by creating street hip hop dance shows. In 1987 and 1988, he obtained the “solo international First prize” in Turin and Béthune as part of the Choreographic Meetings of the French Federation of Dance. Awarded a diploma in Body Mind Centering (Amberst / USA), Yann Lheureux intervened as trainer and managed training courses with numerous public, in France and abroad. From 1990 till 1994, he worked in the Companies Monbin Danse, Sylvie Deluz, M.Dooge, C.Sapin, Didier Théron. In 1994, the Company Yann Lheureux was created in Montpelier. From 1995 till 1998, he danced with Philippe Saire, Hervé Diasnas, amongst others. He also performed danced with Marc Thompkins, Urs Stauffer, Vera Mantero, Thierry Bac, Mathilde Monnier, Julyen Hamilton, and Barre Philips. In June 2003, the Company moved in the Atelier in Montpelier: a place of creation, choreographic distribution, research and education. This set-up began its structuralization as well as the artistic questioning of Yann Lheureux concerning the crossings of writing and the notion of territory; a theme which will be declined from then on under various forms and in all his creations. Since, he created numerous pieces which he presented to the public, both in France and internationally.


Event organised as part of the South Africa – France Seasons 2012 & 2013. www.france-southafrica.com

The South Africa‐France Seasons 2012 & 2013 are organised and implemented,

‐ for France:
by the Institut français with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Ministry for Sports, Youth, non-formal education and Voluntary organisations, the Ministry of Industrial Renewal, the Ministry of Craft Industry, Trade and Tourism, the French Embassy in South Africa and the network of Alliance Française.
Chairman: Xavier Darcos
General Commissioner: Laurent Clavel
‐ for South Africa:
by the Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Council (NAC), with the support of the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Sports and Recreation, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Department of Basic Education, The South African Embassy in France and South African Tourism.
Chairman: Ambassador Dikgang Moopeloa.
General Commissioner: Bongani Tembe.

The South African Season in France is supported in 2013 by a committee of sponsors chaired by Mr Luc Oursel, AREVA President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Executive Board of AREVA. This committee is made of the following corporations: AREVA, Air France, Bouygues Travaux Publics, EDF, Fondation Total and Mazars.


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