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EW is a duo whose members are the artist Arnaud Gonnet and the choreographer and dancer Martin Roehrich. After two shows performed together, they continue to explore combinations between movement and images, using their bodies, the performance space and technology.

PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre Culturel Suisse 18.09-13.12.15
sat 19 Sep 2015
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17h
Les Métamorphoses du cercle (création)Centre culturel suisser+33 1 42 71 44 50

The right hand joins the left, thumbs touching. Then the index fingers, middle fingers, ring fingers and little fingers join at their extremities and the hands form a sphere. In this performance, the first work in a cycle of events based on the thought experiment called “the Chinese room”, designed by US philosopher John Searle, two characters carry out a series of symbolic operations and transpositions. Movement is transferred from one form to another, and it is the experience of the transformations of the circle and the way they resonate that frames the piece. EW works on transverse forms that focus on interactions between the body, constructed spaces, and technology.

sun 20 Sep 2015
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15h
Les Métamorphoses du cercle (création)Centre culturel suisser+33 1 42 71 44 50

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Explorers of the future

Roerich and Gonnet – aka “EW” – perform some surprising visual experiments. ...

Roerich and Gonnet – aka “EW” – perform some surprising visual experiments.

Martin Roerich is a dancer and choreographer; Arnaud Gonnet is a visual artist. Their group EW uses images and movement to explore interactions between the body, space, and knowledge in contemporary technological society. The architecture of the future that arises from their investigations is a journey in itself, and their way of entering the world of cyborgs and artificial intelligence is unique. Eastward, their latest performance/installation presented at the Théâtre de l'Usine in Geneva, used images of the concrete cityscape of Shanghai. A video projected images of the city onto panels they moved around the stage. As architects of the present, they gradually put together a makeshift structure in the centre of the performance space.

Today, EW continues its journey in Asia with La Chambre chinoise. This experiment, which bears the same name as the argument developed by philosopher John Searle (the Chinese Room), forms the starting point for their new performance series, whose first chapter is being presented at the CCS. Spheres formed by hand gestures trigger “metamorphoses of the circle”. Then we see “the advent of the pyramid”, then “the dissolution of the cube”. The manipulation and transformation of these “three elementary signs used by humanity to transmit meaning”, the circle, the triangle and the square, are at the core of their (choreo)graphic language. What becomes of these signs when the body interacts with them? Art undeniably tackles the  “metaphorical impulse of machines and the future of human thought” anticipated by science fiction. EW stand out as explorers of the future…

 

Cécile Dalla Torre, cultural journalist who writes on theatre and dance for the daily newspaper Le Courrier.

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