Concept and choreography by Richard Siegal
with live music by Hubert Machnik
«Civic Mimic» poses the question of how choreography, music and architecture interact and which processes facilitate a “translation” from one to the other. Conceived as a performance installation, this new work focuses on the interplay between space and the human body, choreography and dance, sound and visuals. During the performance, which takes place on a set designed by François Roche (R&Sie(n) Architects), six dancers dialogue with music composed live by Hubert Machnik while also interacting the audience, who thus become part of the work.
Founder and artistic director of The Bakery (Paris-Berlin, 2005). Artist-in-Residence at Muffatwerk (Munich). Recipient of the New York Dance and Performance »Bessie« award, the German National Theater »Faust« award, the S.A.C.D. prize, the Beaumarchais, and the Mouson award, Richard Siegal has generated international attention for a body of work that includes performances, new media projects, workshops and publications. He has been commissioned by festivals, venues, and companies including Festival d’Automne, Rencontres Chorégraphiques, IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, YCAM, Tanz im August, Ballett Frankfurt/The Forsythe Company, Danspace/NYC and Théâtre National de Chaillot. His work with live musicians has led him to collaborate with Alberto Posadas (Glossopoeia), Eric-Maria Couturier (Op.Infinity and Homo Ludens), and Arto Lindsay (Muscle). Richard Siegal has been Artist-in-Residence at ZKM/Karlsruhe, Bennington College, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Siegal is a MacDowell Fellow and honorary member of the Bolshoi Ballets Benoit de la Danse.