Histoires condansées is a performed history of dance, which playfully draws out 20th century dance from Fuller to the postmoderns. Danced demonstrations, videos and historical elements intersect to address in a personal, playful and empirical way, the major trends of contemporary dance.

In the first part, Foofwa gives us a glimpse of what dance was before the twentieth century and discusses in turn the great figures who have allowed this art to become what it is today ...

In the second part, Foofwa develops an important aspect of this legacy— transmission in dance.

So if you have always dreamt to understand contemporary dance in a practical, theoretical and physical way, or simply revisit your classics, this show is the perfect opportunity for it. It is performed by one of the most skilled ex-Cunningham dancers and probably the wittiest, funniest Swiss dance maker.

Foofwa on Histoires condansées –

"Histoires condansées has a pedagogic streak to it. It deals with the important names and milestones of contemporary dance. Dance has still the lowest profile of all art forms. If we can prove that the body can be thought in philosophicall and political terms and not only aesthetically, I like it. I feel a great respect and admirations for all these flagship artists but I do not want to mystify them. They are normal people like us. Yes, we can mime them, we can even mock them. We need to undo their sacredness for those of us who are still alive. I am for a respectful desecration". In Edelweiss May 2012

Originally trained at the Ecole de Danse de Genève, d'Imobilité danced professionally with the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany prior to joining the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Foofwa d'Imobilité crosses international, artistic, and pedagogic borders. Merce Cunningham called him a "risk-taker." (Those familiar with d'Imobilité's Cunningham years know him by his given name Frédérick Gafner.) He has been choreographing his own work since 1998 and has won grants and awards, including a 1998 New York Bessie and a 2006 Swiss Prize for Dance and Choreography. Foofwa has performed as a dancer around the world, notably at the Paris Opera, the Fenice Theater in Venice, Italy, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. His work has been presented by The Kitchen, Chez Bushwick and the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, the Maison de la Danse and the Biennale de la danse in Lyon, France, and over 40 other cities in Europe.

When: 28 - 29 September
Time: 7.00pm
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre
Tickets: Full $25.00 / Con $20.00 / DH Member $15.00 / Deakin & VCA Students $10.00
Bookings: Click here or 03 9347 2860

Image: G. Batardon


Foofwa will also be holding Master Classes at Dancehouse from 25 - 27 September, Click here for more information.