Institute of Rest(s) - How to trouble productivity through dance and its spaces of communality ?

    Institute of Rest(s) intends to interrogate and complicate notions of rest as they are practiced – reimagined, romanticized, allowed or disavowed – in “the age of performance”. It articulates rest(s) alongside a choreographic practice of collective study, where ‘rest’ figures both as a mode of inquiry and a methodological stance, more than as an object of study. Moved by the need to find conditions “for living on better terms than we’re offered” (Gordon, 2020), Institute of Rest(s) is to be taken as a wide-ranging field of studies regarding specific modalities of resting, according to what they allow us to rest from (in, against, among, along), and with whom, for what reasons and to which effects.

    Institute of Rest(s) embraces study as a choreographic practice, and choreographic practice as study, that is to say it is practically a study. As a study in practice, it focuses more on the production of indeterminacy, incompletion and interruption, than on production proper, so as to actively “slow the quick jump to representational thinking and evaluative critique long enough” (Stewart, 2007: 4). Situated in the field of expanded choreography, it unfolds in complicity with epistemological stances and methodologies that combine socio-political awareness with sensuous situated knowledge, mainly from the fields of dance and performance studies, poetry and philosophy of language and translation, experimental writing.

    Illustration : Alix Eynaudi


    Alix Eynaudi, artiste chorégraphique, danseuse, et chercheuse en arts vivants (chercheuse principale)
    Auguste de Boursetty, artiste chorégraphique (chercheur assistant)
    Paula Caspão, artiste écrivaine, chercheuse au centre d’études théâtrales de l’Université de Lisbonne (chercheuse associée) et artistes invité.es :
    Cécile Tonizzo, artiste plasticienne et chercheuse au croisement entre arts visuels et chorégraphique (FR)
    Catol Teixeira de Oliveira, artiste chorégraphique (BR/CH)
    Geoffroy Solelhac, docteur au centre du sommeil du CHUV de Lausanne (CH)
    Barbara Manzetti, chorégraphe, danseuse, autrice et chercheuse (IT/FR)
    Anne Faucheret, historienne de l'art, curatrice et professeure à la Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienne (FR/AT)
    Ujjwal Kanishka Utkarsh, réalisateur, chercheur, conférencier et doctorant à l'Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienne (IN/AT)
    Raimundas Malasauškas conservateur, écrivain (LT)
    Mette Edvardsen artiste et éditrice Varamo Press (NO/BE)
    Jeroen Peeters dramaturge, écrivain et éditeur Varamo Press (BE)
    Jaba Devdariani co-fondateur et éditeur de (GE/AT)
    Nini Gabrichidze éditrice des Cahiers Civiques de (GE)
    Serena Lee artiste, écrivaine, chercheuse (CA/AT)
    Sabina Holzer artiste, écrivaine, chercheuse (AT)
    Elizabeth Ward artiste chorégraphique, chercheuse, conteuse de danses (US/AT)
    Olia Sosnovskaya artiste et chercheuse (BY/AT)
    Andrea Ancira éditrice, commissaire, chercheuse et co- créatrice de Tumbalacasa Ediciones (MX/AT)
    Claire Lefèvre artiste, femme chorégraphe, écrivaine insomniaque et passionnée de télé-réalité (FR/AT)
    Alex Franz Zehetbauer chorégraphe sonore, performeur et chanteur (US/AT)
    Anne Juren chorégraphe, danseuse, chercheuse en art et praticienne Feldenkrais (FR/AT)
    Nicole Suzuki, artiste, éditrice, responsable du département d'édition de la Kunsthalle Wien (AT)
    Clementine Burnley poétesse et médiatrice de conflits (CMRN/UK)
    Emma Bigé étudie, écrit, traduit et improvise (FR)
    Yves Mettler visual artist (CH/DE)
    Shivangi Mariam Rajécrivaine, responsable des communications chez The Funambulist (IN/FR)
    Jason Dodge artiste & éditeur de la collection de poésie fivehundredplaces (US/D)

    Sharing of results

    17-24 april 2024
    Alix Eynaudi, Paula Caspão, Barbara Manzetti, Catol Teixeira, Cécile Tonizzo, (Im)mobility Salon, La Grange - UNIL.

    7-11 February 2023
    Alix Eynaudi, Paula Caspão, Cécile Tonizzo, Sabina Holzer, Ujjwal Kanishka Utkarsh, Quim Pujol & Joachim Hamou, Poetry without Poets #1  – Choreo-Somatics of Resting Dissidence, Tanzquartier Wien (Austria).

    11 février 2023
    Alix Eynaudi, Ari Ban, Queer Gossip / Overhearing, Workshop public, Open Level, Tanzquartier Wien (Austria).

    Two forms of a public sharing of the research, organized as temporary institute of sorts (resorting to inter-, extra- and para-institutional partnerships), will unfold under the following titles: Insomnia and (im)mobility Salon:

    1.    Insomnia will be a small form composed of 4 persons (Auguste De Boursetty, Carol Texeira, Cécile Tonizzo and Alix Eynaudi). A form that is easy to travel with: a library plus some of the exercises that will be translated by the researchers into public occurrences. Insomnia will unfold in the 2024 edition of the Far festival in Nyon, as well as in Vienna in 2024.

    8.2    (Im)Mobility Salons

    These public events will be organised together with the hosting structures: Tanzquartier in Vienna, La Grange de Dorigny in Lausanne, Tanzfabrik in Berlin, Xing in Bologna.

    The (Im)Mobility Salons will take the form of symposiums-in-practice around notions of rest, convoking practices and findings from Institute of Rest(s) together with inviting existing projects busy with akin preoccupations. The (Im)mobility Salons will take place in 2024 (precise dates to be determined later).

    -    (Im)Mobility Salon salon in Vienna (3 days). In collaboration with Tanzquartier Wien. With Fred Moten, Stefano Harney, Paula Caspão and Alix Eynaudi. (May/June 2024)

    -    (Im)Mobility Salon in Lausanne (3 days). In collaboration with La Grange de Dorigny. With Paula Caspão, Auguste de Boursetty, Catol Texeira, 1 guest researcher and Alix Eynaudi. (2024)

    -    (Im)Mobility Salon in Berlin (3 days). In collaboration with Tanzfabrik. With Paula Caspão, Auguste de Boursetty, Catol Texeira, Emma Bigé and Alix Eynaudi (Summer 2024)

    -    (Im)Mobility Salon Bologna (3 days). In collaboration with Xing. With Paula Caspão, Auguste de Boursetty and Alix Eynaudi. (Fall 2024)

    3.    Publishing of an article in

    La Revue des Chercheurs en Danse

    Sinais de Cena -

    Le Journal de la Recherche de La Manufacture