les gens d’Uterpan, 2012

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You are a dancer

Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)

An application of the process re action

You are a dancer is a radio-play created by Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan). It is made up of six sessions that specifically interpret six radio formats (jingle, hit single, report, lesson, reportage, documentary). The content of the sessions exploits the language associated with a choreographer’s work, their protocols of airplay are a response to the standardisation of radio’s mediums of information.

“Using radio we transpose the work and action of the choreographer, by applying his or her injunctions, orders and incitements to the listening audience. The displacement of the choreographer’s authority via the radio involves using the qualities, restrictions and formatting of radio itself. Our strategy thus relies on using the specificity of radio and the choreographer’s authoritative influence on the body in order to make one feel the systems, conditioning and formatting that weigh upon the individual in contemporary society.”

“Our strategy re-visits radio as a source of connection to the world, a vector of knowledge and a democratic medium.
Because it reaches people in their intimate sphere, radio allows us to act without discrimination upon free, anonymous individuals – unlisted and unsolicited – citizens, in the true sense of the term. For us, radio proposes a fundamental way of increasing the social space of performance and the relationships of an individual with other individuals.
You are a dancer proposes a unique relationship among the heads and programmers of radio, the commissioners of the radio-play, artists and the listening audience.”

Within the framework of the residency at the CAC Brétigny (since 2009), the choreographers Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) propose with Pierre Bal-Blanc (director of CAC Brétigny) and Philippe Vannini (president of Aligre FM 93.1), and extension of the exhibition space through the use of radio, lasting one entire year.

Freies Radio Innsbruck FREIRAD, June 6 – Dec 9, 2016.
On invitation by Andrei Siclodi (artistic director Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria) the choreographers Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) propose an extension of the Künstlerhaus’ exhibition space through the use of radio. During six months four sessions will infiltrate the regular program of Freies Radio Innsbruck FREIRAD. The News are recorded in German especially for this occasion. The audience can follow it on MHz in the region around Innsbruck as well as online.

> Jingle: You are a fucking dancer, 4″
> Lesson: 360°, 6′ 15″
> Report: What’s new, 3′ 31″
> Reportage: Let’s get oriented, 8′ 17″
> Documentary: Notation, 29′ 42″
> Hit: Radio skills arouse the idiot tsar, 3′ 35″

Each session aims:
– to be interpreted by the listener, consciously or unconsciously in the context in which he or she finds himself.
– to incite the listener to consider his or her implication in, and relation to society.
– to make the listener consciously react to the systems of authority that structure his or her environment.

Conception: Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)
Recordings and sound design: Nicolas Martz
Texts: Franck Apertet and Annier Vigier
Translations: Dominic Gould
Voices: Franck Apertet, Dominic Gould, Annier Vigier
Contributions: Laurent Seigneur, Davide Napoli
Consultant: Hassane M’Béchour
French translations and recordings: CAC Brétigny

Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet

The work by Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet examines the norms that define dance and the live arts. It has been presented (selection): Tate Modern, London; Kunsthalle Basel; Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art; Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul; MSU Zagreb; CAC Vilnius; MAC Lyon; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; YAY! Gallery & Museum Center, Baku, … The Center of contemporary art Brétigny is situated in the southern suburbs of Paris. Its revised and redeveloped missions place artistic creation and education at the forefront of its main activities of production, exhibition, and documentation. Concurrently a continual process of evolution is emphasized as the basis of the center’s program.

Aligre FM 93.1

Aligre FM 93.1 is a historical radio of the Parisian FM band. For more than 30 years, it cares about highlighting the cultural and artistic diversity in Ile-de-France. Being primarily engaged in the promotion of human rights, Aligre FM 93.1 has always shown an active attitude toward the fight against any kind of discrimination. Partners: CAC Brétigny, Radio Aligre FM 93.1