Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie.

CANCELLATION: As part of the mobilization against the pension reform, the public opening of Latifa Laâbissi and Antonia Baehr around their next creation "Colors and Numbers" will not take place on Thursday March 23 at 7 p.m.

[CANCELLED] Antonia Baehr & Latifa Laâbissi

Public rehearsals

With the piece Col­ors and Num­bers, Ant­o­nia Baehr and Latifa Laâbissi reflect on the vari­ous strategies for queer struggle against het­ero­norm­at­ive rep­res­ent­a­tions, in a per­form­ance they con­ceived as a series of liv­ing paint­ings com­bin­ing sev­er­al artist­ic idioms. 

How can norm­ativ­ity be decon­struc­ted in the arts? The first and most wide­spread option is to fight for the vis­ib­il­ity of mar­gin­al­ized com­munit­ies – queer, fem­in­ist, migrant, BIPOC com­munit­ies whose rep­res­ent­a­tion coun­ter­acts the exclu­sion­ary tac­tics of a white, main­stream, het­ero­norm­at­ive artist­ic estab­lish­ment. A second option, named queer abstrac­tion, con­sists in blur­ring the lines: these are artist­ic strategies of opa­city and cam­ou­flage, where vis­ib­il­ity and legib­il­ity are sub­ver­ted by dis­guises, infilt­ra­tion or phys­ic­al frag­ment­a­tion, to evade being assigned a par­tic­u­lar gender, col­or, etc… Can both options be com­bined? This is the ques­tion which informs the work of Ant­o­nia Baehr and Latifa Laâbissi. Their answer is neces­sar­ily a com­pos­ite one, and takes the form of a het­ero­gen­eous mont­age of scenes which bor­row from cab­aret, magic, stand-up or strip-tease. The two artists con­sider this per­form­ance as a suc­ces­sion of liv­ing paint­ings which are heav­ily inspired by the cinema. The sta­ging of the pieces draws inspir­a­tion from the first movies by Georges Méliès, where theatre and pho­to­graphy both have an import­ant role.

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Con­cep­tion and per­form­ance: Ant­o­nia Baehr & Latifa Laâbissi
Sta­ging: Nadia Lauro
Lead tech­ni­cian: Car­ola Caggiano
Light design­er: in progress

Dur­a­tion 1 hour

Pro­duc­tion: Make up Pro­duc­tions & Fig­ure Project
Cop­ro­duc­tion (con­firmed): TNB – Centre européen théâtral et choré­graph­ique, Rennes / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Ber­lin (All), centre choré­graph­ique nation­al de Caen en Nor­man­die for the Accueil-stu­dio program
Cop­ro­duc­tion (in pro­gress) : Hauptstadtkul­turfonds, Ber­lin (All) / Le Vivat, Armentières (Fr) / Charleroi Danse – Charleroi, Bruxelles (Be) / Vooruit, Gand (Be) / Théâtre de Gen­nevil­li­ers, Gen­nevil­li­ers (Fr) / Fest­iv­al d’Automne, Par­is (Fr)
Fig­ure Pro­ject is sup­por­ted by the Min­istry of Cul­ture – Drac Bretagne, as part of their pro­gram to sub­sid­ise com­pan­ies, the con­seil région­al de Bretagne, the Départe­ment d’Ille-et-Vilaine and the city of Rennes.

Where and when

March 2023

  • 23
    ccn de Caen en Normandie 7:00 pm


Limited seating – prior booking is advised