In Forme(s) de vie, choreographer Eric Minh Cuong Castaing brings together dancers and adults with disabilities. In this way, he reveals the (adaptive) power of bodies that are all too often written off. On stage, dancers come together with performers who have lost their mobility. With the embodiment of prostheses by the dancers, this performance/installation questions the contemporary idea of an augmented body.
Which gestures would you keep if movement became a problem, an objective, a struggle that claimed all your attention? As an extension of L'Âge d'Or, which was made with children with a motor neurone disease, Forme(s) de Vie offers a new way of dancing together. From the necessity of the human gesture. The performance-installation develops around a film on several screens and also involves the bodies of the visitors. Dancers compensate with their bodies for the motor shortcomings of others, such as an ex-dancer and an ex-boxer. The dancers are used as prostheses, as it were. That affects the awareness of their bodies and their relationship to each other. And to the present, in our individualistic, ultra competitive and techno scientific society.
Eric Minh Cuong Castaing is one of the Associated Artists of ICK from 2021 to 2024. His three research projects are developed in France and the Netherlands, where possible in cooperation with local care institutions and special education. Each project has a specific workshop programme. The knowledge gained during the creative processes with vulnerable target groups is documented. Researchers of the MA Dance Therapy in Rotterdam create a model for a better, physical interaction between the target group and, for example, family members and caregivers.
photo © Hermien Buyse
The project Forme(s) de Vie at ICK is being realized with financial support from VriendenLoterijFonds, VSBFonds, Stichting Zabawas, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland and Fonds Culturel Franco-Néerlandais.