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The Parade Genève by Marinella Senatore should have brought dozens of amateur dancers and musicians, activists, athletes and other performers in the streets of Geneva on Saturday 12 September from 3pm. After more than 8 months of preparation, while the difficulties and frailties had accumulated, we finally had to make the sad and heavy decision to cancel this flagship project of Dance First Think Later, due to the situation related to COVID-19.
Arta Sperto is delighted to announce the launch of the multidisciplinary exhibition
DANCE FIRST THINK LATER – An encounter between dance and visual arts
Opening, Friday 21 August 2020, 6pm
Exhibition, from 22 August to 13 September 2020
Le Commun, Bâtiment d’art contemporain, Genève
Events and performances in collaboration with La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, ADC – Association pour la danse contemporaine, MAMCO, Musée d’art et d’histoire, Fête de la Danse Genève, Cinéma Spoutnik
Curator: Olivier Kaeser, director of ARTA SPERTO
Dance First. Think Later – An encounter between dance and visual arts explores an artistic realm on the intersection of dance and visual arts, two mutually nourishing fields, but which operate through very different modes of production and presentation. The project is a hybrid between an exhibition and a performance festival.
The artworks feature the human body, its movements, its gestures, their meanings and interpretations, through a wide range of approaches: conceptual, sensory, political, social, activist, playful, provocative, historical, and through questions of gender and identity. They refer to the history of choreography, to types of dance, to technologies, to architecture and urban context, to clothing or to scenography.
The title Dance first. Think later is inspired by a line from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which became a slogan, pasted onto t-shirts or mugs and even used as the title for a book of rules to live by. The contrast between this mainstream usage and its original context opens a field for reflection on the relationship between ‘dancing’ and ‘thinking’. Dancing is both a ubiquitous, mass activity – a means of celebrating that everyone has access to – and at the same time, a rigorous, conceptual artistic discipline, a way to define the thinking body.
Alongside a selection of existing works produced during the last 20 years, the exhibition will present new productions (Cechetti, Hominal, La Ribot, Manchot, Pajand, Stauffer), site specific installations (Gerard & Kelly, Mosset & Kassay), as well as new versions of works (Gerard & Kelly, Leguillon, Le Roy, Pirici, Senatore).
An accompanying publication, available early 2021, will bring together essays and new texts on each artist, richly illustrated with images taken over the course of the exhibition.
The project is supported by the City of Geneva, the Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain DCS Genève, the Organe genevois de répartition des bénéfices de la Loterie romande, Pro Helvetia, the Leenaards Foundation, the Fonds culturel de Pro Litteris, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Dr Georg und Josi Guggenheim Stiftung.