Master Class with Noé Soulier:

Practical Movements


© Photo: Chiara Valle Vallomini

10/24 | 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Dance Center - Columbia College Chicago
1306 S Michigan Ave, Studio 300, 3rd Floor Chicago
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Avoid someone who avoids, start movements that will never happen, hit with the most fragile parts of the body… Noé Soulier will explore with the participants these paradoxical instructions to capture the qualities of movement produced by practical actions while avoiding a direct identification of the actions in question. The absence of immediate recognition of the aim makes it possible to offer a plurality of readings.

The improvisations and movement sequences produced by these instructions will be coordinated by simple relationships: waiting, joining, following… He will thus develop with the participants a decentralized choreography where the adjustments and decisions made by each dancer determine the composition.

About the Artist

Noé Soulier’s work explores choreography and dance in different settings. In conceptual projects as the book Actions, Movements and Gestures or the performance Movement on Movement, he analyzes and describes different ways to conceive movements that aim to offer multiple ways to experience the body. The series of choreographic pieces including Removing, Faits et gestes, Second Quartet for the company L.A. Dance Project or his last creation The Waves, try to activate the physical memory of the spectators with movements that aim at objects or events that are absent, thus suggesting more than they display. The choreographed exhibition Performing Art, created at Centre Pompidou, reverses the usual position of dance in the museum by choreographing the installation of a selection of works from the collection by professional art handlers on stage. Born in Paris in 1987, Noé Soulier studied at the National Ballet School of Canada and PARTS in Brussels. He received a master’s degree in philosophy at La Sorbonne University (Paris IV) and took part in Palais de Tokyo’s residency program: Le Pavillon. In 2010, he won the first prize of the competition Danse Élargie, organized by Le Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and Le Musée de la Danse. Noé Soulier is associated artist at the CN D Centre national de la danse in Pantin since 2014 and associated artist at CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie from 2016 to 2018. In July 2020, he will take over the direction of the Centre national de danse contemporaine d’Angers.

The Dance Center - Columbia College

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is the city’s leading presenter of contemporary dance—bringing international, national, and local artists to Chicago audiences.

The mission of the Dance Center’s Dance Presenting Series is to contribute to a total learning center for audiences, artists, students, and faculty by:

  • Presenting leading regional, national, international contemporary dance companies to Chicago and campus audiences in an environment conducive to innovation, inclusion, appreciation, and learning;

  • Building partnerships to strengthen Chicago’s diverse communities with dance-related initiatives;

  • Infusing the Dance department’s curriculum with world class guest artists in numerous performance residencies and extended teaching engagements; and

  • Practicing a sustained commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our programming, community partnerships, and audience engagement programs.

Through our integration with Columbia College Chicago’s Dance Department, our presenting season brings unparalleled experiences to students pursuing BA and BFA degrees in dance through performances, classes, residency programs, conversation, and internship opportunities.