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Since 2009, Anne Rochat has worked on projects where the body is constantly put to the test. She designs performances alone or as part of a collective. In 2015, she started to work on more ambitious projects involving technical support. For PerformanceProcess, she has designed a performance of a completely new kind.

PerformanceProcess Basel 2017-2018
PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre Culturel Suisse 18.09-13.12.15
sat 19 Sep 2015
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3 Mat (création)Centre culturel suisser+33 1 42 71 44 50

On 19 September 2015 at 7.45 pm, Anne Rochat swam across the Lac de Joux.
Latitude 46.6167, longitude 6,2333, altitude 1003m.
The air temperature was 9 degrees Celsius, the water temperature 14 degrees.
Anne Rochat swam the breaststroke.
The performer swam at an average speed of 4 kms per hour. The lake is 13 kms long.
The performance entitled 3MAT took place in real time on the Lac de Joux in Switzerland, and was broadcast live on the stage at the CCS. It was a multidisciplinary project that exists as an in vivo artistic performance and which has also been made into a film presented at the Spoutnik theatre in Geneva on 27 December 2015.
Music: Ariel Garcia; lighting: Jonas Bühler; camera: Jérome Bourquin; assistant cameraman: Jean Rochat.
Thanks to: Sarah Anthony, Fabrice Berney, Laurent Bruttin, Lydie Rochat and Michel Zurcher.

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Since 2009, Anne Rochat has worked on projects where the body is constantly put to the test. She designs performances alone or as part of a collective. In 2015, she started to work on more ambitious projects involving technical support. For PerformanceProcess, she has designed a performance of a completely new kind.

60 years of performance art in Switzerland museum Tinguely, 20.09.2017 - 28.01.2018

3MAT (2015-2017, video, 240')

Colour video, sound

 On 19 September 2015, at the onset of night, Rochat swims across the Lac de Joux. The air tempearture is 9 degrees Celsius, the water temperature 14 degrees. The performance, filmed in real time, is transmitted live to the stage of the Centre culturel suisse in Paris. The film 3MAT is a cut-up of these recordings.

PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre culturel suisse 18.09-13.12.15

Messaline (2012, 11'27'')

Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, video, direction: Malika Pellicioli

Hélichryse (2013, 10'15'')

Swiss Institute in Rome (ISR), with the participation of Mabel Perugini, video, video recording: Anne-Sylvie Henchoz

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Since 2009, Anne Rochat has worked on projects where the body is constantly put to the test. She designs performances alone or as part of a collective. In 2015, she started to work on more ambitious projects involving technical support. For PerformanceProcess, she has designed a performance of a completely new kind.

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Enlarging the performance space

Anne Rochat, who is used to extreme experiments, is preparing a new type of performance. ...

Anne Rochat, who is used to extreme experiments, is preparing a new type of performance.

Anne Rochat's performance pieces are often initiatives that may in themselves seem quite simple to describe. She drags a chair across a public square with her teeth, spins it around, knocks it over, then stands it upright again. In a dilapidated room, she rips up the floor covering, again with her teeth. She climbs over an oblique metal surface, making a crazy din with her feet and her entire body. Or she runs across an empty square with a block of ice tied to a boot, creating an alienation effect, with the sound it makes broadcast over loudspeakers. Her performances often involve frontal attacks on objects, materials, and time. Her level of physical engagement is impressive, as when she athletically climbs a steep wall atop an overhang.

Anne Rochat has developed several of her performances for public spaces that require a different form of attention. This is perhaps the reason why her pieces are so absurd, violent and focused on the moment of surprise: as in 2013 opposite the Rolex Learning Center at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, when she tore the collar of her partner's shirt off with her teeth.

In recent years, Anne Rochat has also been eager to enlarge the performance space. This means that she tries to intensify stage objects and spatio-temporal elements in the context of institutional theatre or opera, as well as the conditions that characterise them. She gives language a role to play in her performance space, going beyond noise and sound and imbuing physical acts with the meaning of words.

 

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