Conjurer la peur (Warding off fear) // FUN!

Étape Danse

Lea Moro in residency from August 15th to 28th, 2016
Gaelle Bourges in residency from August 20th to 27th, 2016

"Conjurer la peur (Warding off fear)"

Starting point for Gaëlle Bourges’ new work Conjurer la peur is the fresco The Allegory of Good and Bad Government, painted in 1338 by A. Lorenzetti, which was a commission of the city of Siena. The piece explores with nine dancers the »social feeling« of what a «good govern» could be. Again Gaëlle Bourges will dig into art history, as all her performances usually do, but the Italian fresco is different from the other masterpieces used for her previous pieces, because it was painted to be political, officially political. Usually in Bourges’ work, it is the narrative that brings a critical dimension to what is on stage. What if the starting point is already a narrative by itself?

Gaëlle Bourges is a choreographer using hybrid inspirations with a marked taste for references to art history. After creating her first shows with the Compagnie K., she founded the Groupe Raoul Batz. Since 2005, with the association Os that she co-founded, she continues to question, through dance, the relationship between our gaze, the representation of bodies, art history and the history of scenic forms. She signed a dozen pieces since the late 90s (A mon seul désir, 2014; Lascaux, 2015).


In her research FUN! Lea Moro examines the current social relevance of theme parks and contemporary forms of entertainment. When, where and how do we have fun? What is the purpose of our having fun? The research aims to locate the key element of fun in the human body, in those of the performers as well as the audience’s. FUN! translates the philosophical guiding approach of theme parks into choreographic principles and explores contradicting expectations of fun.

Lea Moro is a performer and choreographer from Switzerland, based in Berlin and Zurich. She studied at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri, LABAN Centre London and at HZT Berlin. After her solo-piece Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body (2014), where she focused on the excessive demands placed upon the single body, her group piece (b)reaching stillness (2015) was invited to the german dance plattform 2016 in Frankfurt/ Main. In 2015/16 Lea Moro was artist in residence at the K3 Centre for Choreography I Tanzplan Hamburg and developed the solo musical The End of the Alphabet (2016). In her new project she continues to examine the exciting and paradox social phenomen of fun.

OPEN STUDIO: Fr 26th August, 11:00, with brunch and talk.

From 9:30 Coffee and Croissants at Café WAU
Start 10:00 am at Café WAU, Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin Kreuzberg
Way back 15:00 pm at fabrik Potsdam, with transfer to Tanz im August programm
Reservations for bus shuttle (until August 24th): +49 (0)331 2800314 / produktion@fabrikpotsdam.de

In cooperation with:
Tanz im August (August 12 to September 4, 2016)
BerlinDiagonale (August 27, 2016)
Tanznacht Berlin - Gefährten (August 27 to 29, 2016)

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Institut français Deutschland / Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse, des Institut français, des französischen Ministeriums für Kultur und Kommunikation / DGCA und der Landeshauptstadt Potsdam im Rahmen des Programms »Artists-in-Residence«, von Uzès Danse - Centre de développement chorégraphique und dem Théâtre de Nîmes. In Kooperation mit Tanzfabrik / Tanznacht Berlin 2016, der BerlinDiagonale und dem Festival Tanz im August.