Dancehouse stands on what always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to the traditional owners of this land, the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, to their Elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

Cindy Van Acker. Photo by S.Luncker
4—8 November 2019

WXYZ Studios

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Over five days at WXYZ Studios, Cindy and her dancers will lead selected participants through key experiences drawn from the process of creating and performing her Solos, presented at Dancehouse.


November 1—10

From the black box to the white cube, from public parks to rock concerts and cinema scapes, this selection brings to Melbourne some of the most sophisticated, thought-provoking Geneva-based makers. These breathtaking works all interrogate complex notions of identity, shared heritage, tradition and the desire to demarcate, possess, tame or exploit the environment and the self.

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Cindy Van Acker is classically trained and danced at the Royal Ballet of Flanders and the Grand Théâtre de Genève before joining the contemporary dance scene in Geneva in the nineties. She has been creating her own pieces since 1994 and founded Cie Greffe in 2002 on the occasion of the creation Corps 00:00, with which she obtained international recognition. Since then, she has written creations for the Ballet de Lorraine, the Ballet of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, P.A.R.T.S., as well as twenty pieces for the Cie Greffe. Her career is marked by her collaborations with the choreographer Myriam Gourfink, the scenographer Victor Roy, the composer Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), the director Romeo Castellucci and the dancers with whom she establishes a long-term and trustworthy working relationship. In 2005, Romeo Castellucci invited her to present Corps 00:00 at the Venice Biennale. This first meeting led to a first artistic collaboration for the Inferno and Purgatory of Dante in Avignon in 2008, a collaboration which was renewed for the operas Parsifal, created at La Monnaie in 2011, Moses und Aaron at the Opéra Bastille in 2015, Tannhauser at the Bayerisches Staatsoper in Munich, The Magic Flute at La Monnaie in 2018. From 2006 to 2010, she is responsible for the movement training of actors at the HETSR Manufacture in Lausanne. In 2012, the book partituurstructuur, displaying her choreographic scores was published by Héros-Limit, on a proposal by Michèle Pralong. She collaborated with Enrico Pitozzi on the book project Magnetica, Analysis of the choreographic composition of Cindy Van Acker which was published by Quodlibet in 2016. With her choreographic writing, combining aesthetical sobriety, minimalist movement, precise composition and the use of electronic sounds, Cindy Van Acker examines, with a quasi-scientific meticulousness, the relations between the body and the spirit, sound and rhythm, and creates pieces crossing the borders of dance, performance and visual arts. In November 2017, she became Associate Artist in charge of programming of the ADC in Geneva.

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