For her new research entitled “The sound of entertainment “, the French-Swiss choreographer Maud Blandel invited the dancer Maya Masse and three soloists of the Ensemble Contrechamps to re-interpret, transcribe and reinvent Mozart’s divertimenti. Behind this approach: an exploration of burlesque as a modality of composition, and the creation of a musical body capable to reverse the logic of perception. To begin this research process, the residency will focus on the elaboration of musical tools and will explore how to play with the speed of an action.

In echo to this residency, she will execute a 3 day workshop of sharing tools of composition. Based on a series of short entertainments (divertimenti) composed by Mozart, the workshop proposes to consider this musical genre as the first choreographing material. How to translate a musical score into a rhythmical one? How to translate a rhythmical score as a choreographic one? The workshop is open to dancers and students in dance interested in transforming the musical structure of divertimento into compositional processes for choreography. The opportunity to discuss about the statute of “score” in our choreographic practices. It will take place in collaboration with TANTSURUUM.

Maud Blandel (1986) initially trained as a contemporary dancer followed her education in studying “direction” (MA - La Manufacture, Lausanne) and fine arts (MA - HEAD, Geneva). Since 2015 she develops a choreographic research, entitled “The culture of spectacular”, which is based on existing practices. Investigating on hysteria (“Tuesday lesson’s”), cheerleading (“Touch Down”) and tarantism (“Lignes de conduit”), her work reveals how processes of spectacularisation have transformed such practices. Occupied with the expanded notion of choreography, Maud keeps asking how to use tools of other media as tools for choreographic composition. In parallel of her work she had been working with the director Karim Bel Kacem, the choreographer Rachid Ouramdane and, more recently, with the composer Heiner Goebbels as an assistant. Maud Blandel is a resident artist in Arsenic - center of contemporary creation in Lausanne since september 2018.

MORE THAN THIS is a cooperation project among 6 festivals and cultural organisations with the collaboration of 5 associated partners and engaged 6 artists.
MORE THAN THIS is a project that focuses on the contemporary performance as a fundamental tool to rethink the value of complexity, as a tool to challenge the crystallisation of single narratives and fixed identities, and a perfect specific space to work on displacement and hospitality.

Residency in Tallinn takes place within the MORE THAN THIS project that is supported by EU Creative Europe program and the Ministry of Culture of Estonia.