Open Lab – Sonic bodies
Despite their extensive range, humpback whale populations are rare everywhere. Like other whale species, humpback whales have experienced a drastic decline in population numbers, which by 1966 had already reached 10%. Today, the humpback whale species is included on the IUCN Red List with the status ‘vulnerable’. A meeting with bio acoustician Olivier Adam allowed the collection of recordings of these whales’ songs. This sound repertoire became the basis for research from which a group of artists started to generate a movement language in a laboratory with dancers and choreographers Rebecca Journo, Alexandra Bălășoiu, Denis Bolborea, Carmen Coțofană, Lauren Lecrique, Simona Dabija, Veronique Lemmonier and musician Mathieu Bonnafous. The lab intersects with a discursive practices workshop coordinated by Daniela Custrin, Matei Dumitriu and Mircea Andrei Florea.
Rebecca Journo, Alexandra Bălășoiu, Denis Bolborea, Carmen Coțofană, Lauren Lecrique, Simona Dabija, Veronique Lemmonier, Mathieu Bonnafous
Rebecca Journo is a dancer and choreographer based in Paris.Through her practice, she explores a choreographic language in which movement strives to materialize the bond between body, imagination and sound.
Graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatory in London in July 2015, Journo has performed in various projects in Switzerland, Belgium and France, with companies and artists such as Brokentalkers, Konzert theater Bern, Tabea Martin and Michele Murray. In 2018, together with Véronique Lemonnier she founded the company La Pieuvre. Their artistic line of work sits at the collaborating edge of dance, performance, music, and photography.
With La Pieuvre, Journo has created the pieces L’Épouse (2018), La Ménagère (2019) and Whales (2020). Through a fine line between writing and improvising, Journo has crafted a personal approach to choreography exploring movement at a micro level to invite the viewer inside the lived body.
Journo has been working closely with the platform for emerging choreographers Danse Dense since 2018, she also received the support of Les Petites Scènes Ouvertes in 2019 as well as funds for emerging talents in the Île-de-France region (FORTE) in 2020. In 2021, Rebecca Journo is starting the research and production of Portrait (working title), a quartet which will premiere in 2022.
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