GENESIS; Growth and Transformation

Les Ateliers des Capucins - Brest
Elisabeth Schwartz - Photo par Jérôme Bel


Imagined from the desire to collaborate, connect and create with peers and colleagues across Europe, Festival RESSAC & SEA-EU present this interdisciplinary project involving 35 students, 6 teachers and 1 choreographer, from 6 different countries. Through February the teachers have delivered a series of virtual lectures, and a round-table discussion exploring the theme of La Mue, in relation to dance. In March students will participate in a week-long residency in Brest, to continue building on this research and practically applying it to the body and movement. Three restitution performances will be presented in Festival RESSAC, 19 March 2024 concluding this project exploring the intersection of art, science and creation.

For more information on SEA-EU : SEA-EU

GENESIS; Growth and Transformation 

Through dance movement, think about the genesis of forms, their transformations, their variations, their evolution and construction as much as their deconstruction… La Mue. 

GENESIS; Growth and Transformation culminates from workshops based on the dynamic space thinking of Rudolf Laban, Effort-Shape and Choreutique. How do the dynamics found in movement and their relationship to space, initiate and sculpt form? Oscillation, spirals, loops and lemniscates crystallize into a variety of forms. Get closer to innate morphology, animal and human, through dance, by drawing on organic movement. Breathing, the relationship to gravity, muscular tension and relaxation are tools for experimenting with movement and composition. But the infinite variety of natural creations demonstrates that they are not solely shaped by physical forces. Rhythm and dynamic are integral to the development of form.
Life is rhythm, that is, the dialogue of each natural creation with space, with others. And these dialogues never cease to transform. Students embark on a week-long intensive course that includes dance repertoire from Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, Rudolf Laban et Doris Humphrey. 

Elisabeth Schwartz

Dancer and interpreter of Isadora Duncan repertoire. Dance historian, PHD in Arts and performances, Certified Movement Analyst from Laban-Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, New York. Currently dancing for Jérôme Bel in Isadora Duncan (2019), Danses non humaines (2023), and for Cécile Proust in Ce que l’âge apporte à la danse (2023).


Schedule and locations of the shows:

  • from 11:00 to 12:00, Faculté de Droit, Economie, Gestion et AES.
  • from 13:00 to 14:00, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques. Outdoor garden.
  • Inaugural speech and show from 18:00 to 19:00, Ateliers des Capucins / Passage des Arpètes / In Brest

Participants : 

Choreographed by Elisabeth Schwartz. Participating students from UBO (Brest), University of Gdansk, University of Split, University of Kiel, University of Malte, University of Cadiz. 
Project partners : Presented by Festival Ressac and SEA-EU, a project co-funded by Erasmus+ and the French National Agency for Research.    

We warmly thank the contributing teachers: Tomasz Wisniewski and Katarzyna Pastuszak from University of Gdansk, Durdica Miletic and Alen Miletic from University of Split, Marie-Helene Delavaud-Roux and Melanie Papin from University of Western Brittany, who have shared their valuable expertise during the virtual lectures in February.   

Partnership : 

  • Brest Métropole et Ville
  • Le Quartz
  • Festival DansFabrik
  • Ateliers des Capucins
  • UBO
  • SEA-EU
  • Salle du clous
  • ANR (agence nationale de la recherche)
  • Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
  • DSIUN à l'UBO (Direction des systèmes d'information et des usages du numérique)