For Chesterfield, Alix Eynaudi and her team were inspired by the leather collection of the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art. They found Victorian botanical albums made by women who had scientific aspirations but were denied access to the field, and leather book bindings. Using these building blocks, they create a discipline that literally seeks to be read: at the beginning, you will be given a magazine that act as a companion for the evening.
In Chesterfield the dancers apply different leather manipulation techniques to bodies and wares, and develop a maze of signs where dance tends towards the infinitely soft, infused with irreverence and affection. At the crossroads between the syntax of dance, music of movement, and bodies in verse, Chesterfield is a patchwork poem woven with threads of leather… and all composed to a sensual cadence.
• Alix Eynaudi studied ballet at the Opera of Paris and was part of the first generation of PARTS. She danced with Rosas for seven year and also performed with Boris Charmatz and Jennifer Lacey, among others. She has previously appeared at Kaaitheater with her own works such as Supernaturel, Edelweiss, Monique, and Exit (a collaboration with Kris Verdonck).
performance Mark Lorimer, Quim Pujol, Cécile Tonizzo, Alix Eynaudi | costume design An Breugelmans | leather collages Cécile Tonizzo | light design Bruno Pocheron | production and small hands Sarah Blumenfeld for boîte de production – Verein für zeitgenössischen Tanz und zeitgenössische | administration Smart – Das Büro für KünstlerInnen und Kreative | fanzine Alix Eynaudi and Quim Pujol | design fanzine Maria Pita Guerreiro and Deborah Janssen | with the help of Michael Zellinger and Yves Mettler | co-production Alix Eynaudi with brut Wien, danceWEB through Life Long Burning & BUDA Kunstencentrum | in cooperation with Tanzquartier Wien, – La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie (prêt d’espaces de travail), Volkskundemuseum Wien | support Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, des BKA Bundeskanzerlamt Kunst und Kultur, Culture Programme of the European Union, Kulturabteilung 8. Bezirk, Josefstadt, Wien | thanks to Alessio Scandale, Jean-Luc Plouvier, Elton Petri, Jacopo Lanteri, Hiros Production, Marie Christine Baratta, Frederic Danos, Lise Lendais, Annegret Schalke