The Freud Museum

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6 June 2014 - 7 June 2014
FULLY BOOKED - Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm - doors open 7.15pm

'Ecran Somnambule' Latifa Laabissi

Anxiety 2014 Performance

The UK premiere of Latifa Laâbissi’s solo dance Écran Somnambule, a reinterpretation of Mary Wigman’s 1926 Witch Dance. Based on the existing 40 second film excerpt of Wigman’s seminal piece, Laâbissi has slowed down the movements to create a 31 minute ‘expression dance’, a sort of somnambulist ritual which, staged alongside Freud’s personal objects, acquires an uncanny quality.

Costume design and concept by Nadia Lauro
Curated by Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz

Mixing genres, reflecting upon and redefining formats, Latifa Laâbissi’s work seeks to bring onstage multiple offstage perspectives; an anthropological landscape in which stories, figures and voices are placed and highlighted. Going against the prevailing abstract aesthetic, she extrapolated a movement vocabulary built from the confusion of genres and social postures, from the beginnings of modernity.

Laâbissi studied at the Cunningham studio in New York and has been invited artist at Musée de la Danse, Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne and at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers. She manages the Figure Project association.

In 2001, she created Phasmes, a work haunted by the ghosts of Dore Hoyer, Valeska Gert and Mary Wigman. She then comes back to the German dance of the 20s, with her piece La part du rite with the dance historian Isabelle Launay, and with a lengthened version of Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance, which she called Écran somnambule. The use of voice and face as vehicles for minor states and accents is indivisibly linked to the danced act in Self Portrait Camouflage (2006), Histoire par celui qui la raconte (2008) and Loredreamsong (2010). The most recent creation, Adieu et Merci [Goodbye and thankyou](2013) continues to dig into the unconscious of the dance by constructing a minute choreography of traces and inclinations, creating an infinite recurring reflection.

Anxiety 2014 is a new London-wide arts festival, curated by the Mental Health Foundation and taking place throughout June. The festival explores anxiety, looking at its causes, how it affects all of our lives, and how it can act as a creative force. It brings together leading and emerging artists to address anxiety from different angles: from medical, social and historical perspectives to individual, collective and contemporary viewpoints. Anxiety 2014 presents a dynamic programme of visual art, film, performance, music, dance, theatre and talks spanning venues across London, including leading art organisations, universities, health care institutions and community centres.

Anxiety 2014 Visual Arts Programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Anxiety 2014 is core-funded by the Maudsley Charity.

Related event: the unhomely will be further explored in Agnes Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7, on 3 June, 7pm. This 1961 film chronicles two anxious hours in the life of a young singer in a Paris that becomes unfamiliar as she waits for a medical diagnosis.

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