Photo © 2009. Nannette Bertschy & Ann Moradian.

looking at the world and challenging our assumptions, definitions and creation of it through the lense of the body, movement, the arts and science.

Friday, December 26, 2014

IMPRESSIONS FROM FRANCE: Xavier Le Roy's "Sans Titre"

at Théâtre de la Cité International, Paris
as part of the Festival d'Automne
December 8-13, 2014

Xavier Le Roy has not made his new work Sans Titre for us, the audience. He has made it for himself, for the sheer pleasure he gets out of seeing how we respond as he breaks theatrical conventions and protocols. He does not seem to be interested in anything about his work except our reaction. In this regard, as a scientist conducting an experiment, he is very sincere… MORE

Photo © Jamie North.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Dance, Art, and a Fashion House Collaborate
"New Settings" presented in Paris at
Théâtre de la Cité internationale
November 3-15, 2014

“A business generating nothing but profits is poor indeed.” - Pierre Alexis Dumas, President of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

I went to see each of the five works that were funded this year by the Hermès Foundation's "New Settings" program. This program supports performance projects that bring visual and performing artists together in what we in the US would refer to as “a collaboration.” The aim is to expose these artists to new skills, to “spark a dialogue between their creative processes” and enable new forms to emerge. The criterion is excellence.

It is an interesting bit of not entirely useless information that the word “collaboration” is colored here in France with strongly negative memories of Nazi ‘cooperation’ during WWII. In all of the written material on New Settings there is not one reference to artistic collaboration, and yet, from a US-based English language perspective, this is what New Settings is all about: coming together as a team with diverse skills to explore and create new works and new forms… MORE (to read the article on New Settings, click here)

I was astonished by the beauty of the feather saddle that was in the showroom window when I went in to interview Catherine Tsekenis, the Director of the fashion house's foundation.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Movement Journey

You are invited on a Movement Journey with Ann Moradian. Incorporating elements from yoga, dance, the martial arts and improvisation, we'll release old patterns, habits and ideas and meet and embrace the new.

10 January 2015, 14h-16h
Paris Yoga Shala (M° George V), 40€
9 rue Magellan, 75008 Paris
Registration requested, but drop-ins welcome.