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Cindy
Van Acker

Photo: Louise Roy

Speechless Voices

Cast & Credits

Creation 2018

Choreography: Cindy Van Acker
Dance: Stéphanie Bayle, Matthieu Chayrigues, Laure Lescoffi, Raphaëlle Teicher, Rudi van der Merwe, Daniela Zaghini
Music: Mika Vainio, J. S. Bach
Sound: Samuel Pajand
Scenography: Victor Roy
Lighting design: Cindy Van Acker and Victor Roy
Dramaturgie: Michèle Pralong
Costumes and jewellery: Marie Artamonof
Lighting technician: Gautier Teuscher
Paintings: Eric Vuille
Administration: Cindy Janiaud
Diffusion: Tutu Production – Véronique Maréchal
Production: Cie Greffe
Coproduction: Steps, Festival de Danse du Pour-cent culturel Migros, Expedition
Suisse: Kaserne Basel, Dampfzentrale Bern, Theater Chur, Gessnerallee Zürich,
Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne, and CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape, direction Yuval PICK,
dans le cadre du dispositif Accueil-Studio avec le soutien du Théâtre des Îlets,
centre dramatique national de Montluçon, région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Supports: Loterie Romande, Société Suisse des Auteurs, Fondation du Jubilé,
Fondation Stanley Thomas Johnson, Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung

The Compagnie Greffe has a joint support agreement with the City of Geneva,
the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia for the period 2009-2020.

 Teaser

Photos: © L.Roy and M.Olmi

By making the Belgian artist Michaël Borremans a central source of inspiration for Speechless Voices, Cindy Van Acker gathers her six dancers in a new narrative reality. The usual qualities of her movement – slowness, geometry and abstraction – are permeated here by figural, readable images, expressive stases. A human community has entered the picture, seeking through the body to ritualize absence and presence, loneliness and relationship, in order to transmute them. The mechanical, vegetable or animal extensions which vitalize most of the Belgian choreographer’s pieces thus encounter clearer anthropocentric energies. Even if they remain enigmatic.

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Cast & Credits

Creation 2016

Choreography and interpretation: Cindy Van Acker
Pictures: Christian Lutz
Music: Mika Vainio
Performance production: Cie Greffe
Exhibition production: Christian Lutz et Images Festival Vevey

The Compagnie Greffe has a joint support agreement with the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia for the period 2009-2017

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Photos: ©  O.Oberson et S.Letellier

On the wall, photographs taken in Las Vegas by Christian Lutz. Bodies being shaped, cracked, shattered by the gambling and entertainment industry. In the center of the pictures, lying on the ground, Cindy Van Acker. On the electro pulsations of Mika Vainio appears an embrace. Between images and dance, realism and abstraction.
Laurence Perez for Sélection suisse en Avignon

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Zaoum

Cast & Credits

Creation 2016

Choreography: Cindy Van Acker
Scenography and set constructio: Victor Roy
Music: Quando stanno morendo. Diario polacco N. 2 de Luigi Nono
Sound et epilogue music: Samuel Pajand
Poems voice: Elia Van Acker
Dance: Stéphanie Bayle, Marthe Krummenacher, Gennaro Lauro, Francesca
Ruggerini, Raphaëlle Teicher, Elia Van Acker or Julia Koncsek, Rudi van der
Merwe, Daniela Zaghini
Light design: Luc Gendroz
Software programming: Khalil Klouche
Costumes: Kata Tóth
Costumes assistant: Ni Zhang
Photos: Louise Roy
Administration: Cindy Janiaud
Touring: Tutu Production – Véronique Maréchal

Production: Cie Greffe
Co-production: adc-Genève, Arsenic Lausanne, TLH Sierre
Supports: Loterie Romande, Fondation Leenaards. Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Pourcent culturel Migros, Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung, une fondation privée genevoise and Corodis.

The Compagnie Greffe has a joint support agreement with the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia for the period 2009-20.

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Photos: © Louise Roy

Zaoum by the Flemish-Swiss choreographer Cindy Van Acker is inspired by Luigi Nono’s Quando Stanno Morendo. The strong political dimension of this work includes the writings of Russian Futurist poets, such as Velimir Khlebnikov. “Zaoum” is the name given to this form of poetry where sounds precede meaning. This is abstract dance to enjoy and/or decipher.

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Biography

Cindy Van Acker firstly danced in the Flanders Royal Ballet in Belgium and at the Geneva’s Grand Theatre before emerging in the contemporary dance scene in Geneva in the 90’. She founds the Cie Greffe in 2002 and creates the solo Corps 00:00 that obtains international recognition. Since then, she has signed around twenty projects for her company, as well as creations for institutions like Ballet de Lorraine, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, P.A.R.T.S.
Her career is marked by her collaborations with the choreographer Myriam Gourfink, the scenographer Victor Roy, the musician Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) and the encounter with Romeo Castellucci.
In 2005, the Italian director invites Van Acker to present Corps 00:00 at the Venice Biennale.
This first meeting leads to an artistic collaboration with Castellucci for the choreographic part of his Dante’s Inferno (Avignon Festival 2008). Under his direction, she also signs the choreographic part of several operas such as Parsifal, created at De Munt in January 2011, Moses und Aaron, set up at Opéra Bastille in October 2015 and Tannhauser for the Bayerisches Staatsoper in Munich. Orsola Valenti directs six movies inspired by her solo creations between 2008 and 2009.
In 2012, a book on Van Acker’s choreographic scores is edited by Héros-Limite titled Partituurstructuur and in 2016 Magnetica by Enrico Pitozzi, an analysis of the choreographic composition of Cindy Van Acker, is published by Quodlibet. Through her choreographic creation, that combines aesthetic sobriety, minimalist movement, meticulous composition and electronic music, Cindy Van Acker examines with an almost scientific thoroughness the connections between body, soul, sound and rhythm, and creates works that cross over the boundaries between dance, performance and plastic art.
In November 2017, she becomes Associate Artist in charge of the programmation at ADC Geneva.

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Speechless Voices

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Zaoum

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Calendar
2019

Speechless Voices

2/6-07 – Swiss Dance Days, Lausanne (CH)

02/13-17 – ADC, Geneva (CH)

02/22-23 – TLH, Sierre (CH)

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