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Claire Lefèvre & Evandro Pedroni S/M (Speak/Move)

A collaboration between dance artists Claire Lefèvre and Evandro Pedroni, this duet originates in the movement research exploration which we undertook in the last two years. Working mainly with instant composition, we are questioning what mechanisms are involved in the decision making processes of creative work, both as a choreographer and a performer.
Drawing from Evandro’s embodied experience of our improvisation scores as well as from Claire’s theoretical research on topics such as authority and power, we are also inquiring the impact that hierarchy can play both on our own intimate creative relationship as well as society’s collective consciousness.
We decided to create S/M and propose that authority and hierarchy can both be useful creative tools, at the condition that they remain fluid, dissolvable and based on mutual caring. By inviting improvisation in the process and thus involving a huge amount of freedom in the actual material we work with, we hope to blur the lines between who is really in charge and show where the negotiation happens in the performance. It is a live deconstruction of our respective roles, as doer and observer, a challenge to the dynamics of our creative partnership, and an invitation for the audience to question who is really deciding what happens as it unravels.
By constantly reinventing the parameters and hierarchy of our relationship on stage, we wish to unveil a perspective on power that can be framed in a precise context, and in which rules are only valid during the negotiated time it takes to create a performance.

Konzept, Choreographie und Performance:
Claire Lefèvre und Evandro Pedroni
Unterstützt von Tanzzentrale Nürnberg
In Kooperation mit Huggybears (Open call Oktober 2016)

©Rania Moslam/brut

Thank you again for coming last saturday and for your generous feedback
We feel inspired and look forward to continuing the work!
Thank you also for having us and making our stay so comfortable,
It’s such a pleasure to work in this space :)
As promised, here is a little video diary of our time last week
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Video diary

Claire Lefèvre is a French choreographer/performer based in Vienna, Austria. After graduating from London Contemporary Dance School (BA) she took part in the International Choreographic Exchange program in SEAD. Since finishing her studies Claire’s work has been showcased in several festivals in Austria and internationally: March Hare Festival (IS)/Dance Days (GR)/New Faces New Dances (AT)/TanzHafen/Imagetanz (AT) and has been supported by DanceWeb, Life Long Burning, Im_Flieger, Tanzzentrale Nuremberg, Wien Kultur, Brut Wien and Huggy Bears. She also took part in several collaborative projects such as Phoenix DanceTheatre’s Choreographers and Composers Lab and Random Collisions’ research week in which she kept developing her own movement practice.

Evandro Pedroni is a Brazilian freelance dancer and performer based in Vienna, Austria. He graduated from the Performance Major Program at SEAD – Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and was a scholarship holder at TanzQuartier Wien. Evandro has performed in Austria, Germany, Greece, France and in Switzerland for Martin Nachbar, Oleg Soulimenko, Hubert Lepka, Stella Zannou, Edan Gorlicki, SETanzTheater, Akemi Takeya and more. In the meantime, he has also participated in festivals, projects and workshops in different venues, performing, teaching and presenting his own work and collaborations. He recently developed a new solo in TanzQuartier Wien in the frame of Werkstück under the mentorship of Philip Gemacher.