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DOCH Open Lectures: Latifa Laâbissi

Welcome to DOCH Open Lectures series this spring 2018! First out - Wednesday February 7th - is choreographer and artist Latifa Laâbissi.

Relating to on-going debates on the interconnection between art, society and the public, Latifa Laâbissi will introduce us to her work as a choreographer and performer and question the relation between artistic and political modes and strategies for action.


My choreographic work is not limited to a re-reading of the past and its implications for today. Moreover, it is a certain relation to the present and the question of subjugation that I am trying to trace. I therefore turn to the figure of the minoritarian, whos existence and difference allows us to question concerns that we all share: a mental relationship to trauma and power.

On the occasion of this invitation, I propose to discuss the way in which I use embodiment as well as brittle and composed figurations in order not to “deal with” political questions, but to digest and work on its effects and tensions within performance and dance. As a kind of guard, who observes the social and cultural tensions that criss-cross the social and choreographic field, in order to detect and get hold of their critical potential. This kind of dance invents a kinaesthetic documentary of history and of the trans-national poetics of a body in France today; a kind of choreographic and tragic-comical fiction, which transcends the genre of auto-fiction and of auto-portrait.

/Latifa Laâbissi

About Latifa Laâbissi

Mixing genres, reflecting upon and redefining formats, Latifa Laâbissi’s work seeks to bring on stage multiple offstage perspectives; an anthropological landscape in which stories, figures and voices are placed and highlighted. Going against the prevailing abstract aesthetic, she extrapolated a movement vocabulary built from the confusion of genres and social postures, from the beginnings of modernity.

In 2001, she created "Phasmes", a work haunted by the ghosts of Dore Hoyer, Valeska Gert and Mary Wigman. She then comes back to the german dance of the 20s, with her piece La part du rite (2012) with the dance historian Isabelle Launay, and with a lengthened version of Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance, which she called Écran somnambule (2012). The use of voice and face as vehicles for minor states and accents is indivisibly linked to the danced act in Self Portrait Camouflage (2006), Histoire par celui qui la raconte (2008) and Loredreamsong (2010). Her last creations are Adieu et merci (2013) and Pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse (2015).

For Latifa Lâabissi the artistic action implies a displacement of traditional modes of production and perception: transmission, the sharing of knowledge, materials and the porosity of formats are inseparable from the creative process.

Latifa Laâbissi studied contemporary dance in France and with the Cunningham studio in New York. As a performer she has worked with Jean-Claude Gallotta, Thierry Baë, Georges Appaix, Loïc Touzé, Jennifer Lacey and Nadia Lauro, Boris Charmatz and Robyn Orlin. Her choreographies include Self Portrait Camouflage (2006), Histoire par celui qui la raconte (2008), Loredreamsong (2010), La part du rite (2012), Écran somnambule (2012), Adieu et merci (2013) and Pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse (2015). Laâbissi has presented her work internationally at such institutions as the Festival d’Automne (Paris), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Renia Sofia, (Madrid), the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, (Taiwan) and the Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, (Rio de Janeiro).

DOCH Open Lectures spring 2018

  • 7 februari Latifa Laâbissi
  • 14 februari Michelle Boulé
  • 28 februari Will Rawls 
  • 14 mars Andros Zins Browne 
  • 11 april Scott deLahunta 
  • 25 april Antonia Baer

All of the DOCH Open Lectures series spring 2018 will be held at DOCH Brinellvägen 58 room G at 5.30 pm.

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