to compose


a unique performance


The Making of Spectacles 2008

In this piece, the audience is invited to collaborate with the artistic team in order to compose a unique performance.

The elements presented ie. dance phrases, dramatic scenarios, music, lighting design, and costuming are carefully crafted in advance and offered as tools to the spectators for the creation of a dance to their taste. After playful, democratic voting, where humor is invited, the spectators can enjoy the synthesis of their group decisions. The piece becomes a way to look at the psychology of spectator expectations, aesthetic desires, and participation in the making of a work of art, as well as an essay in desacralizing the grandeur of the spectacle.

Photos / Videos

Photos : Cédric Vincensini

The Making of Spectacles excerpt


Reflections on Foofwa d’Imobilité

WhatsonSA Magazine (Capetown, South Africa)
«In his communication with the audience and one on one (in my brief interactions with him), he comes across as very open and unguarded, a quality which is extremely rare, specially from a ground breaking artist. I see Foofwa as a fearless innovator of dance and am grateful to have experienced these performances live.»
> Read the complete article “Reflections on Foofwa d’Imobilité”

Taking Chances/Making Choices

JOMBA! KHULUMA, South Africa
«The 2010 JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience has been a festival of collaborations. Foofwa d’ Imobilite’s The Making of Spectacles was a different and exciting collaboration with the audience in the selective creation of the dance-piece, influenced by Merce Cunningham’s ‘chance’ theory, using a democratic voting system rather than flipping a coin.
What appealed to me is the way in which Foofwa and his dancers Ruth Childs, Anja Schmidt and Filibert Tologo played with the concept of choices. (…) Beautiful, bravely risky, yet classically choreographic and strongly political that’s The Making of Spectacles.»
> Read the complete article at JOMBA! KHULUMA

Foofwa and the making of spectacles

Mercury, Good Life (Durban, South Africa)
«I love the festivity in humour. We can be laughing together and it’s a celebration of life. It is a good way of looking at life.»

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Swiss Contemporary Dance Days - Focus on Tiziana Arnaboldi and Foofwa d’Imobilité

Explore Dance
«Foofwa d’Imobilité uses tradition while both mocking and somehow extending it. I’m not sure how he accomplishes this feat, but it must be in part because he and his dancers are exquisitely trained—how else can you poke fun at dance? d’Imobilité’s years performing with the Cunningham troupe surely gave him experience and confidence. But there is something more here. Call it play in the fields of the masters. Call it illusion in the Land of Oz. Call it whatever you want, but go see his choreography.»

> Read the complete article at Explore Dance

Genève, Salle des Eaux-Vives: “The Making of Spectacle“

Scènes Magazine
«Cette animalité qui se rencontre chez les quatre interprètes, peut prendre les formes les plus variées, migrant de l’onirisme au récréatif, avec une dose…»

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Credits for the Creation of TMOS (2008)
Concept and choreographies Foofwa d’Imobilité
Creative interpretations Ruth Childs, Foofwa dit Mobilité, Isabelle Rigat, Filibert Tologo
Music CDJ Vu
Costumes Corina Pia
Lights Marc Gaillard
Responsible for gestation Anja Schmidt
Sound Clive Jenkins
Technicians Julien Talpin, Alex Gerenton
Photographer Cédric Vincensini
Production Neopost Foofwa
Administration & coordination Tutu Production, Véronique Maréchal, Simone Toendury
Organisation info Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, direction Claude Ratzé
Supported by Loterie Romande & Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Credits for Tours (2008-2009)
Choreographic evolution Foofwa d’Imobilité
Creative re-interpretations Ruth Childs, Foofwa dit Mobilité, Isabelle Rigat, Filibert Tologo (for the South African tour 2010, Anja Schmidt will replace Isabelle Rigat)
Re-animation of costumes Corina Pia
Lighting genius Jonathan O’Hear
Technical direction Jonathan O’Hear
Production Neopost Foofwa
Organization& coordination on tour Tutu Production, Simone Toendury (until Aug 2008), Yann Aubert (from Sep 2008)
Administration Tutu Production, Véronique Maréchal (until Dec 2008), Yann Aubert (from Jan 2009)
Accountant Corine Magnenat (from Jan 2009)
Supported by La Corodis-Fonds , la Loterie Romande
Thanks to Antoine Lengo, Perrine Ploneis, Olivia Ortega, Odile Ferrard, Louise Hanmer, Pauline Wassermann, Nicolas Wagnières, Cédric Vincensini, Blandine, Michaël, Steve, Amador, Toufo, Mélanie, Bertrand, Ed Childs, Léonard, Simone Toendury, Richard Kaboré, Beatriz Consuelo, Claude Gafner, Samuel Machina (Théâtre de Vidy), Anne Davier, Marie-Pierre Genecand
Neopost Foofwa is supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss foundation for culture, The City of Geneva – Departement of Cultural Affairs, and The State of Geneva – Department of Public Instruction

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