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'Trophy', Rudi Van Der Merwe. Photo by Beatrix Gyenes.
2—3 November 2019

Quarries Park, Clifton Hill
Audience entry via the corner of the Esplanade and Walker Street

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Trophy is a site-specific performance on the themes of hunting, conquest and military tradition. Three performers in sumptuous baroque dresses, accompanied by a live drummer, conquer a field like an invading army, adopting postures of trophy wives, hunted animals and ghosts from bygone wars.

A first collaboration between choreographer Rudi van der Merwe and musician Béatrice Graf, Trophy advances towards the audience over 300 meters, playing with perspective. This piece explores man’s relationship with his environment, the need to demarcate, possess, tame and exploit. This relationship is not limited to nature, but also to his fellow man. New battle lines are drawn and new identities take shape as humankind encounters the limits to this world view.

Choreography: Claire-Marie Ricarte, József Trefeli, Rudi van der Merwe
Performers: Claire-Marie Ricarte, József Trefeli, Rudi van der Merwe
Composition and Live Drumming: Béatrice Graf
Scenography: Victor Roy


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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Rudi van der Merwe studied dance, theatre and French at the University of Stellenbosch and Modern Literature and Cinema at the University of Strasbourg. He partook in ex.e.r.ce at the CCN of Montpellier under the direction of Mathilde Monnier in 2002.
 Since 2004 he worked as a performer with Gilles Jobin, Cindy van Acker and Yan Duyvendak among others. He has collaborated with Ayelen Parolin, Victoria Chiu, Marie-Caroline Hominal and József Trefeli on various multidisciplinary projects. In 2010, Rudi created I’d like to save the world, but I’m too busy saving myself in collaboration with Susana Panadès Diaz. In 2011 he created Solstice at Festival Antigel (Geneva) and Miss En Abyme at la Bâtie – festival de Genève. He created the solo Celestial Spunk (2012), Buzz Riot (2016) and Blue Moves (2018) at the ADC in Geneva.

Béatrice Graf is an artist and drummer working in a wide range of styles and configurations, Graf makes fun of limitations, from stylistic conventions to orchestration. 
Among the artists she has worked with are Vinz Vonlanthen, Dave Douglas, Jacques Siron, Guillaume Perret, Neba Solo (Mali), Jean-Jacques Pedretti, Christian Weber, among others. Béatrice Graf has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, in particular with Four Roses; the Peter Schärli special sextet, featuring Glenn Ferris; and B. G. Windows, featuring Corin Curschellas & Sylvie Courvoisier, Deviana Daudsjah trio. Graf has been recorded and distributed internationally on such labels as Enja, Unit records and Altrisuoni, among others.

Claire-Marie Ricarte is originally from Biarritz in France and was a part of the Ballet Junior of Geneva for three years. During this time she worked with many well-known choreographers such as Thierry Malandain, Patrick Delcroix, Ken Ossola, Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman, József Trefeli, Yuval Pick, Gilles Jobin. She worked with the Alias company for six years and participated in creations such as Sideways Rain, Jetuilnousvousils and Antes. In 2015 she participated as a performer in Sound of Music by Yan Duyvendak with choreography by Olivier Dubois. She collaborated with Amaury Réot on Down the Rabbit Hole for Festival Antigel 2013, worked with Ivanka Moizan on a duo shown at the Croiseur in Lyon in 2013, with Elsa Couvreur and the Woman’s Move collective on the piece Even Raël would agree. She joined Rudi van der Merwe for the productions Buzz Riot and Trophy. She created her own company, Klara, to produce the solo Eux that she choreographed and performed at the Quarts d’heure de Sévelin at Théâtre Sévelin 36 in Lausanne in March 2015.

József Trefeli is Australian of Hungarian origins, graduate of the VCA Melbourne University. Geneva, Switzerland has been József ‘s home since he joined Alias Cie in 1996. József has worked with many Swiss dance companies including Cie Greffe, Cie Skree Wolf, Cie Philippe Saire, Cie Estuaire, Cie Drift and Collectif Utilité Publique. József has worked as a choreographer for theatre and opera including the Opéra de Lausanne beside the director Omar Porras and Theatre Spirale with Patrick Mohr and Michelle Millner, as well as creating three choreographic works for Ballet Junior. József began his own work in Geneva in 2005 with an invitation from the ADC to create choreographic work. Current creations on tour are: JINX 103 and Creature created with Gábor Varga and Traces created with Mike Winter.

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