Bodily Skills – Performance Skills «Expanded bodies»

Autumn semester 2023/24

6 – 11 November 2023

La Forge, Place du Nord 2 1071 Chexbres
OPEN GLASS STUDIO, Rue de la Vignette 19, 1530 Payerne PROGR studio 369, 3rd floor, Speichergasse 4, 3011 Bern

until 9 October 2023 via

Universität / Haute École
Hochschule der Künste Bern
Valerian Maly, Mélanie Gobet, Bertille Laguet, Thomas Blank, Yasmine Hugonnet
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Content description

«Expanded bodies»

During this module, our intention is to work with the concept of the expanded and extended body, as well as embodiment, and to sharpen our understanding of the body beyond its immediate physical form, emphasising its interaction with the environment, tools and material. To do this, we will explore the relationships between body, time, material and action, looking at a range of bodily practices in the context of craft and somatic techniques. To guide us on this journey, we will visit Bertille Laguet's 'La Forge', followed by a visit to Thomas Blank's glass workshop. In both places, we will have the opportunity to observe the meticulous work and precise gestures of these craftswoman and craftsman. We will experience the relationship of materials to heat and time, and the body as an extension of tools in the manipulation and transformation of matter.
Finally, we will devote part of the module to the bodywork itself. Choreographer Yasmine Hugonnet will guide us through situations that will work on proprioception, body extensions and the relationship with the group. These exercises will enable us to develop a deep awareness of our own bodies and their relationship to space, to explore their capacities and limits, and to strengthen our collective sensitivity and our ability to collaborate harmoniously within a group.

Bertille Laguet
Bertille Laguet is an ECAL-qualified designer and blacksmith. You can meet her at "La Forge" in Chexbres, a village perched in the vineyards on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

Thomas Blank
Thomas Blank has been working with glass for over 25 years. After studying applied arts at San Francisco State University, he completed his training in Murano. Since 2001, he has been working with glass as an independent craftsman.

Yasmine Hugonnet
Yasmine Hugonnet is a choreographer interested in the relationship between form, image and sensation, the germination of the imagination, the (de)construction of choreographic language, and the process of embodiment and appropriation. Her company Arts Mouvementés is based in Lausanne.