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Laboratoire de la pensée

august
2021

An ally to your experience of the shows, the Laboratoire de la pensée (“The Thought Lab”) invites the adventurous to broaden their knowledge of performing arts. Based on the works presented during the eleven days of la fabrique, this laboratory offers discussions, moments of joint reflection and a creative approach to writing. Led by guests who are specialists in the field of performing arts and set in two parts – Atelier d’écriture and Watch & Talk – the Lab aims to provide a two-way link between artistic projects, the artists and the audience by adopting original approaches and fostering critical thinking.

Guests Maëva Lamolière (fr) and AJAR (ch)

The guests assist with the Atelier d’écriture and with the meetings with the artists-in-residence in Watch & Talk. The point of their presence lies in the shared theoretical input with regards to the artistic proposals presented at far°. In relation to their own research and areas of expertise, the guests initiate and fuel discussions revolving around the artistic proposals, thereby enhancing the perception of the works. This year far° is delighted to collaborate with Maëva Lamolière and the AJAR collective.

After practical training in dance, Maëva Lamolière continued her studies in the Dance Department of the University of Paris 8 where she is currently a doctoral student. For her thesis, she adopted an approach that combines history with aesthetics, analysis of works and gender studies. While conducting her own research, she performs for various artists and teaches contemporary dance and choreographic culture. She is currently developing a project for a dance conference on choreographer and butoh dancer Carlotta Ikeda. These multiple work contexts lead Lamolière to think about the links between theory and practice in a fertile, porous and dynamic dialogue.

AJAR is a literary collective that currently groups together 23 authors from French-speaking Switzerland, aged 30 on average. The collective, which came into being in January 2012 as a non-profit association, practices collaborative writing and defends a professional approach to its discipline. AJAR creates performances (dynamic readings with one or more voices, integrating music and video projections), publishes texts in different media, conducts writing workshops and sets up projects that aim to open up literature to the other arts and to lift it off the page.