The Caffes d’artiste conducted by Marisa C. Hayes, Lorenzo Conti e Katja Vaghi are a special opportunity to meet the three choreographers featured in the projects produced and co-produced for the first edition of Lugano Dance Project between Switzerland, Europe and Canada. This is space for thinking about the dramaturgical themes of the works and for comparing different aesthetics and poetics while starting the day with a good cup of coffee.
It is first through the spectrum of music that Virginie Brunelle discovered her artistic fiber. After dedicating her childhood to the violin, she transfers this musical knowledge and her mastery of rhythm to a dance training (UQAM, 2007) creation profile.
After graduating, Virginie Brunelle created Les cuisses à l’écart du cœur, a choreography for seven dancers that earned the 2009 Bourse RIDEAU at the Vue sur la Relève festival. Emboldened by this initial success, she founded her eponymous company (Compagnie Virginie Brunelle) in 2009, and in the same year created a second work, Foutrement, which won the 2017 Prix du public presented by the CAM en tournée (CAM touring program). In 2011, Virginie Brunelle opened La Chapelle’s fall season with the presentation of her third work, Complexe des genres, which received second prize at Denmark’s prestigious Aarhus International Choreography Competition. Three years later, she presented PLOMB, and in 2016 she created À la douleur que j’ai. These four works have since been toured across Europe and Canada, thus allowing the choreographer to gain recognition on the world stage, culminating in an invitation, in 2018, to create a show for the Gauthier Dance Theaterhaus Stuttgart company. The result was Beating, a work that was first presented in Germany, with a Canadian tour scheduled in 2018-2019. Then, in 2020, she created Les corps avalés, a piece for seven dancers, accompanied on stage by the Quatuor Molinari; Presented by Danse Danse at Théâtre Maisonneuve, this work was a resounding success with critics and audiences alike. Finally, since the spring of 2021, Virginie has been working on the creation of Fables, a major work for twelve performers whose presentation is scheduled for May 2022 at the Lugano Danza Festival in Switzerland. Finally, very recently, Virginie signs the production of a first dance short film entitled Réminiscences.
Deploying a choreographic approach that is both sensible and intuitive, her works form a repertoire characterized by the raw emotion and by the humanity of the subjects tackled.
Is a Franco-American interdisciplinary scholar and curator. Her research focuses on the intersections between dance and the visual arts (notably, dance in museum spaces and screendance). She is editor in chief of the French dance research journal Repères, cahier de danse published by La Briqueterie - National Choreographic Development Center and founding co-director of the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy, an annual screendance platform created in 2009. Since 2016, she has been an invited curator in the dance department of Theatre Freiburg (Germany) and has initiated numerous screendance projects at La Briqueterie (production residency, education & outreach), with Numeridanse.TV, and in collaboration with the Lyon Dance Biennale. In 2015, she co-edited the book Art in Motion: Current Research in Screendance. She regularly writes for Dance Magazine (USA), Dance International (Canada) and Alternatives Théâtrales (Belgium), among other print and electronic publications. Initially trained in dance under Merce Cunningham and Kazuo Ohno (Japan), she holds degrees in dance history and visual studies from La Sorbonne.
Katja Vaghi’s research expertise rests on her theoretical and practical background. A Swiss Italian choreographer, somatic teacher and dance researcher, during her education in modern dance and ballet at Ballet Arts in NYC, she experienced different modern dance techniques (in particular Horton and Limón) together with urban and traditional dances (Hip hop and funk, Bharatanatyam and African dance). Her education was then complemented with a MA in literature and linguistics from Zurich University (English, Italian and Contemporary Norwegian) and a PhD in dance philosophy on the works of Jiří Kylián at the University of Roehampton (UK) under the supervision of Dr Anna Pakes and Dr Gerladine Morris. She has been associated lecturer at the University of Northampton (UK) and at the Rambert School for Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where she still is a visiting lecturer specialized in dance history and philosophy for BA and MA programs. She is now lecturer in dance history, theory,improvisation and composition at DIE ETAGE, school for performing and visual arts in Berlin. She is also visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton (UK), school of the arts, dance section, and at the University of applied Sciences and Arts in Coburg, where she teaches embodiment and spatial experiences to architects, interior and integrated designers.