Depuis sa nomination en mai 2010, Joanne Leighton présente des pièces de formes différentes et destinées à des types d’espaces de présentations variés : scènes classiques de théâtres, musées et espaces d’arts contemporains, lieux patrimoniaux, espaces publics.

Joanne Leighton a fait le choix d’inscrire dès son arrivée à Belfort 3 pièces/projets Made in Taiwan, Display/Copy Only et Les Modulables au répertoire du CCNFCB.
Pour Joanne Leighton, il est important d’avoir une mémoire vive du travail de création passé activable immédiatement afin de faire vivre ce répertoire. Cette dynamique permet de maintenir une visibilité du CCNFCB au travers des multiples représentations à Belfort, en région, en France et à l’étranger.
Le CCNFCB est ainsi renforcé dans son rôle de lieu de référence pour la chorégraphie dans le cadre de sa première mission de création.
Afin de développer ces différents projets, Joanne Leighton a constitué un premier groupe de danseurs : Jérôme Andrieu, Matthieu Bajolet, Yoan Boyer, Marion Carriau, Massimo Fusco, Claire Laureau, Edouard Pelleray, Pauline Simon. D'autres les rejoindront en fonction des créations.

The Vigil

THE VIGIL

Joanne Leighton introduces The Vigil for 731 participants. Each morning and evening at sunrise and sunset over 365 days, a participant will hold watch for one hour.

The Belfort Vigil
The Citadel Terrace: 18 September 2011 - 17 September 2012

The Laval Vigil
The Perrine Gardens: 15 September 2012 - 15 September 2013

The Rennes Vigil
The roof top of the Chambre of Commerce: 30 September 2012 - 29 September 2013

The real voyage of discovery consists
not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust


THE PROJECT
Site-specific choreography opens a dialogue with urban and social spaces, and permits us to reassess our perceptions and attitudes to them. Each reading of a place or a site is constructed socially and historically, and is intrinsically associated with the person who is looking.  The Vigil gives us an opportunity to reconsider these spaces, to engage in a re-reading of what they represent and the processes that they create.

Joanne Leighton introduces The Vigil for 731 participants. A participant each morning and evening will hold watch for one hour at sunrise and sunset for 366 days from the Citadelle in Belfort, The Perrine Gardens in Laval, and the roof of the Chambre de Metiers building in Rennes.

To be present at a specific site, to be an actor or observer, to participate in an action both collective and singular, and to rediscover the landscape at sunrise and sunset - these are the central elements of the performance. Each participant will have their own unique experience of one of the fundamentals of the practice of choreography: the nature of presence, the body in space.

This hour away from the hustle and bustle of daily life is an opportunity to fully engage in the moment,  to stand back from the world for an instant. At the same time, the participants will experience being part of a human adventure on a larger scale, that of a population, or a region or town.



THE BELFORT VIGIL
The project for The Belfort Vigil which Joanne Leighton put in place involves the population of Belfort and the surrounding region, as well as tourists, business, conference and event visitors, together with artists working or performing in the region.

Working in an open space provides an opportunity to establish a direct contact with a large public, both those who participate in the event, and those who come into contact with it unintentionally. The project is inclusive, open to everyone. For the watchers, there is no specific requirement, they can wear what they want, and carry out their vigil standing or sitting. Like the Lion of Belfort itself, for the hour of their vigil, the watchers come to represent the town itself.

Within the context of the work, contact with the public focuses on a number of specific objectives:

- to give a diverse public the possibility of participating in a public event
- to build links between people drawn from a range of communities
- to reveal the creative potential in the population
- to encourage and build partnerships between local cultural bodies

The relation with the public emphasizes:

- the creation of a long-term relationship between the CCNFCB and the different publics in its surrounding area
- the re-reading of the meaning attached to the chosen site and its position in the urban space, through a daily and individual presence
- contact between artists and citizens via a simple, convivial activity

The Belfort Vigil is a project by Joanne Leighton which has resonated strongly with a wide public, forging a long-term relationship with them.

At the end of the project, a book, The Belfort Vigil will be released as a memento and a trace of this unique experience. As well as presenting the context of the project, including the viewpoints of the principal partners, it will provide a day-by-day record with photos, commentaries and impressions from and about each of the watchers.


THE VIGIL

• Performance on a year-long scale of an urban space
The Belfort Vigil runs in parallel with the Made in …  Series of performances, a participative piece by Joanne Leighton which brings together 5 professional and 99 amateur dancers in an outdoor event. These performances share the idea of performance on a large scale, either in space  (Made in) or time/duration (The Vigil). These public works are not made on the scale of the street or a museum or gallery, but rather on that of an entire town or city. Joanne Leighton considers that the movements associated with The Vigil each morning and evening are both a ritual and a choreography around a well-established rhythm: the watcher joins the companion at a defined meeting point, the climb to the 22nd Window where the watcher remains immobile for an hour. After a photographic session and a moment to take down the impressions of the watcher, the two bodies descend to return to their work, their home, their school, by their own methods of transport, and in doing so, mark another trace of movement in the town.

The project incorporates something of the body in dialogue with a town, an exceptional and unique experience of time and place. Something reaching out, marking the rhythm of the seasons, daily activity, the flux of the city. And with the completion of each hour, a minuscule change takes place. Joanne Leighton interviewed by Gérard Mayen for Danser magazine.


• A rite, a relationship with the sacred
The repetition by a single individual of the same solitary movements, presented as part of a personal undertaking, belonging to a human chain, created by the collective and part of a group which flows from it, is an activity that starts to resemble a rite. The watcher is part of a community of people who he/she have never met, but the feedback, the word on the street, the discussions in the town, evoke the sentiment of belonging to a group.

• The random time
As described above, most of the aspects of the performance are chosen by the choreographer, and supported as much as possible by the team at the CCNFCB, as well as the Companions, the indispensable volunteers who over the long term accompany each watcher. These controllable aspects include the precision of the duration and timings,  the work with the watcher on the notion of presence and watching, and the design of Tovo and Jamil which works with the existing light to highlight the watcher in the shelter, as well as the shelter itself. However, chance plays a central role, both accepted and desired, in this performance: the surrounding sounds of nature, the wind or the town below, the light which is shaped by the weather, and the climatic conditions generally, all shape each individual vigil.


DEFINITION OF THE PROJECT

• Duration
The Vigil is a project that runs for one year.  Each watch lasts exactly one hour. The project involves 2 participants per day, and depending on the calendar year, gives a total of 731 watchers.

• The Watchers
Each Watcher can personalise his participation by choosing his own Vigil date: birthdays, anniversaries or any day of relevance, remembrance or significance to he, but he can only watch once. The project is open to everyone, without selection, according to the order of registration and depending on availability. The only exception is that the Watchers must be 16 years or older. The Watcher must be alone, without the possibility of external contact (mobile phones etc.)

• The Vigil
The Vigil itself is the period during with The Watcher is alone in the shelter, at the nominated start and end times. The Vigil lasts exactly one hour. In the morning, the Vigil starts exactly at sunrise, and lasts one hour. In the evening, The Vigil starts exactly one hour before sunset, and lasts one hour, finishing exactly at sunset. The Vigil is silent and whenever possible, standing and immobile.

• Preparatory Workshop
Each Watcher participates in a compulsory workshop prior to their Vigil. This workshop has two components:
- a short artistic workshop, lead by a dancer, around the concepts of presence and that of looking and watching. This allows us to focus on the aspect dance/performance/choreography, the idea of the body in space, which is at the heart of The Vigil project.
- an opportunity to attend to the administrative side of the project: The Watcher needs to give permission for the image rights, as well as given full personal details (profession, age, contact details etc.). We also take a photo as a record and to use for communication purposes.

• The Companion
The Companion is the person who in understanding and entering into the artistic project, commits to accompanying the watchers for a period of a minimum of 1 week, without interruption. They meet the watcher before The Vigil, and wait with them in the space associated with the project (the Annex) until the appointed time to begin. They run through the procedure of The Vigil, and offer a coffee or tea. At the exact start time for The Vigil, they take the watcher to the shelter.
At the end of The Vigil, they meet the watcher, and take a photo according to the established visual format. They also take a photo of the view. On returning to the space, they take down the watcher’s comments and impressions.
The Companion is responsible for guaranteeing that the scheduled times are strictly adhered to. The Companion is also responsible in case of problems or emergencies: extreme weather conditions, access or technical problems, or any other issues that might arise. In these cases, The Companion will need to contact the «on-call» member of the support team. The Companion will also need to inform the support team of any malfunction or issues in regard to the smooth running of The Vigil.
During a short training session before their first Vigil, the Companions will receive instructions and details of procedures to be followed.

• The Shelter
The Shelter is the space in which the watcher takes position during their hour of vigil. Where possible, it is set up at a high-point of a town. The watcher must be able to see and to be seen. The Shelter is illuminated (interior and exterior) during the hour of each Vigil. The Shelter has been designed by Tovo & Jamil, and is recreated and rebuilt specifically for each site and town where The Vigil takes place.

• The Annex
This is a heated space where the Watcher and the Companion wait prior to the Vigil, and reconvene afterwards. It could be any space - a utility room, an office, a reception area - which provides shelter and warmth. Electricity, running water and toilets need to be available, and it needs to be possible to have a coffee or tea. During the Vigil, the Companion remains in the Annex. This space must be secure, as it’s where all associated documentation together with cameras etc. is kept for the duration of the project.

• Quarterly Meetings
Each 3 months, we hold an evening for Watchers who have already participated together with Companions and other partners involved in the project. These evenings are an opportunity for us to give updates and information about The Vigil, and gives each participant (Watcher or Companion) the possibility to share their experience(s), and to (re)experience them in the context of the globality and continuity of the whole project.

• Closing Festivities
At the end of the year of the project, we will be holding a celebratory evening to bring together all 731 Watchers and their Companions, or as may as possible. This will be an opportunity for us all to both reflect on and celebrate the year of Vigil.

• Book of The Vigil
At the end of the project, a book will be published presenting information about each Watcher together with a photo taken at the end of their Vigil, as well as comments and impressions in regards to their vigil.


CONTACT CCNFCB : diffusion@ccnfc-belfort.org

Calendrier

23/05/2014 - 18:30 - 21:00

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Ateliers préparatoires au spectacle Made in Belfort

Pour continuer l’aventure initiée en septembre 2013, Made in Belfort aura lieu en juin 2014.

Les répétitions proposées aux amateurs sont prises en charge par des danseurs de la compagnie de Joanne Leighton.

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir une pratique préalable de la danse pour participer à Made in Belfort.

Au cours du premier atelier qui aura lieu au CCNFCB le mardi 15 avril à 18h30 toutes les informations concernant le déroulement de cet événement vous seront transmises.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant aux ateliers prévus de 18h30 à 21h (lieu à confirmer) les :

Mardi 15 avril
Vendredi 23 mai
Mardi 3 juin
Jeudi 5 juin
Vendredi 6 juin

spectacles Made in Belfort : Samedi 7 et dimanche 8 juin
(jours et lieu à confirmer)

Renseignements et inscriptions : Marie-Pierre Jaux - mp.jaux@ccnfc-belfort.org

 

03/06/2014 - 18:30 - 21:00

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Ateliers préparatoires au spectacle Made in Belfort

Pour continuer l’aventure initiée en septembre 2013, Made in Belfort aura lieu en juin 2014.

Les répétitions proposées aux amateurs sont prises en charge par des danseurs de la compagnie de Joanne Leighton.

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir une pratique préalable de la danse pour participer à Made in Belfort.

Au cours du premier atelier qui aura lieu au CCNFCB le mardi 15 avril à 18h30 toutes les informations concernant le déroulement de cet événement vous seront transmises.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant aux ateliers prévus de 18h30 à 21h (lieu à confirmer) les :

Mardi 15 avril
Vendredi 23 mai
Mardi 3 juin
Jeudi 5 juin
Vendredi 6 juin

spectacles Made in Belfort : Samedi 7 et dimanche 8 juin
(jours et lieu à confirmer)

Renseignements et inscriptions : Marie-Pierre Jaux - mp.jaux@ccnfc-belfort.org

 

05/06/2014 - 18:30 - 21:00

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Ateliers préparatoires au spectacle Made in Belfort

Pour continuer l’aventure initiée en septembre 2013, Made in Belfort aura lieu en juin 2014.

Les répétitions proposées aux amateurs sont prises en charge par des danseurs de la compagnie de Joanne Leighton.

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir une pratique préalable de la danse pour participer à Made in Belfort.

Au cours du premier atelier qui aura lieu au CCNFCB le mardi 15 avril à 18h30 toutes les informations concernant le déroulement de cet événement vous seront transmises.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant aux ateliers prévus de 18h30 à 21h (lieu à confirmer) les :

Mardi 15 avril
Vendredi 23 mai
Mardi 3 juin
Jeudi 5 juin
Vendredi 6 juin

spectacles Made in Belfort : Samedi 7 et dimanche 8 juin
(jours et lieu à confirmer)

Renseignements et inscriptions : Marie-Pierre Jaux - mp.jaux@ccnfc-belfort.org

 

06/06/2014 - 18:30 - 21:00

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Ateliers préparatoires au spectacle Made in Belfort

Pour continuer l’aventure initiée en septembre 2013, Made in Belfort aura lieu en juin 2014.

Les répétitions proposées aux amateurs sont prises en charge par des danseurs de la compagnie de Joanne Leighton.

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir une pratique préalable de la danse pour participer à Made in Belfort.

Au cours du premier atelier qui aura lieu au CCNFCB le mardi 15 avril à 18h30 toutes les informations concernant le déroulement de cet événement vous seront transmises.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant aux ateliers prévus de 18h30 à 21h (lieu à confirmer) les :

Mardi 15 avril
Vendredi 23 mai
Mardi 3 juin
Jeudi 5 juin
Vendredi 6 juin

spectacles Made in Belfort : Samedi 7 et dimanche 8 juin
(jours et lieu à confirmer)

Renseignements et inscriptions : Marie-Pierre Jaux - mp.jaux@ccnfc-belfort.org