daydreaming

 

meditation

 

reflection

 

Musings 2009

A solitary duet by Foofwa d’Imobilité lit by Jonathan O’Hear. With Merce Cunningham – as well as John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg – in mind and body.

The word “musing” presupposes several semantic directions. As a name, it offers the following connotations: “daydreaming”, “meditation”, “reflection”, “introspection,” and “study,” as in “literary study”, “musical study or “painting study”.

I wish the tone of Musings to be an hommage, in order to share my admiration of Merce’s work, to “pay my respects.” But to think about Merce’s work implies John Cage of course, and to some extent Robert Rauschenberg. These three artists all passed away and are tagged as the three of the most important collaborators for the theater of the second half of the XXth century. I like to think of them as the three princes of Serendip, the princes of the unexpected discoveries.

However, I wanted the piece to be vivifying rather than dismal. It is, above all, a reflection on their work and my purpose was to evoke some of their pieces by adding a variation which could renew their radical ideas, ever so slightly. So this becomes not quotation but a creative and living legacy in some ways.

> Conceptual libretto for Musings

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Press

L'Hebdo
Les après-midi d’un faune

Foofwa aimerait pouvoir entrer en scène, un soir, sans savoir quoi faire…

Libération
Pas à suivre

«Surdoué, il enchaîne les prouesses techniques, décompose à partir de différents vocabulaires, traversé par les autres et façonné par la mémoire.»

A propos de Merce Cunningham

Radio Grenouille – Marseille
Radio show presented by Xavier Thomas
> complete show + info at radio grenouille
Listen to the excerpt – Foofwa presents “Musings RE Merce”:

Libération Confidanses - Le blog de Marie-Christine Vernay
Foofwa d'Imobilité: "Ca ne m'intéresse pas d'avoir un style"

«Dès l’âge de 14 ans, je me suis intéressé à la chorégraphie. J’imaginais la scène, ce que l’on pouvait en faire.»

The Dance Enthusiast
Musings on Musings…

«D’Imobilite’ repressls his lineage and connection to the perspective-shifting Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Cage in his captivating solo work.»

Offoffoff Dance
Intentional Craziness

«(…) everything in the piece reflects the way Merce, John and Bob broke down elements to make art, it gradually comes into focus and even becomes quite clear.»

The New Yorker
Goings on about town - Dance - Foofwa d'Imobilité

«The elegant dancer with the funny name and the high-concept mind was a Cunningham member in the nineties, and he remains a disciple. “Musings” is a remarkable tribute to the recently departed master, to John Cage, and to the ideas they shared.»

danceviewtimes
Wildman and Sometimes Poet

«Although a master of the core movement, Foofwa’s choreography is anything but cool or removed.»

The New York Times
One Man Embodying 3 of His Artistic Mentors

«On his last New York visit, in 2008, he certainly showcased aspects of his disarming and sometimes phenomenal skill as a dancer. (…) You’re never in doubt of his prowess, of his ardor as an executant, of his animal grace, of his marvelous naturalness.»

Genève Active
Foofwa d’Imobilité. Une vie en danses

«Présence quasi génétique de cet enchanteur félin aux incroyables bonds et rebonds, Cunningham, qui marqua si fort l’histoire de la danse.»

Credits

Musings re Merce, John and Bob
Méditations théâtrales sur Merce Cunningham par Foofwa d’Imobilité créées en 2009 *
Possibilité de donner le titre Travail d’art à la chorégraphie; Cage a cappella à la musique; J’aurai la peau de Rauschenberg au costume scénographique
Duo solitaire interprété par  Foofwa dit Mobilité
Projet lumineux Jonathan O’Hear (merci à Florian Bach)
Production Neopost Foofwa
Avec le soutien de Madame Annette Ringier
Remerciements Anne Davier, Jonathan O’Hear, Yann Aubert, Nathalie Ponlot, Anja Schmidt, Vincent Barras, Antoine Lengo, Ruth Childs, Noémi Alberganti, Geneviève Chable
* Premières représentations à la salle des Eaux-Vives, Genève, programmé par l’Association pour la danse contemporaine.
Neopost Foofwa bénéficie d’un soutien conjoint de la Ville de Genève, de la République et Canton de Genève et de Pro Helvetia.

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