The Witch Ceremony

Help us create a magical and performative ceremony adapted to the necessities of our times !

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The Witch Ceremony

<p> <strong>MORE THAN AN ARTISTIC PROJECT</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <em>The Witch Ceremony</em><i> </i>is a <strong>choreographic project questioning the issues of ritualistic, magical and shamanic practices in our contemporary societies.</strong>  It will recreate a ceremony adapted to the necessities of our time. </p> <p> <strong>The first research and creative residency will take place June 10th through the 17th at "<em>Les Bazis</em>"</strong>, a center for performing arts located in the middle of the forest in the South of France. Culminating with work-in-progress showings. One following the residency on June 16th  at <em>Les Bazis</em> in Ariège and another June 21st in Saint-Denis (a city near Paris). </p> <p> Our ceremony will explore the porous borders between the real and magical worlds, between ritual and performance, and performers and spectators. The general objective we pursuing through this project is to consider the choreographic research as an area of ​​action-research and a possible place for social and political transformation. We consider the creative process and the actual performance as a cross-cultural experimental space lending itself to create social links between the artists and various communities engaged as audience members or co-celebrants in the development of this project . The ecology of the project, in its relational and creative dimension, remains primordial for us. <strong>More than just a performance, we want to create a series of local effervescences, opportunities to engage in community in the localities where we will perform. </strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> This artistic project is initiated by the choreographers Matthieu Nieto and Marion Blondeau, in collaboration with three other international artists: Mmakgosi Kgabi,  Mohamed Fouad and Aissé Traoré.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>MOVING THROUGH  "TRANS" ZONES</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> By challenging some spatial boundaries and transgressing the ritualistics codes of dance and performance art, <strong>we hope to create collective states of being through conscious communion while stimulating and provoking trance like states of being </strong>. By trance, we mean unifying practices, states of existence that transcend the limits of the body and question Western binaries models such as body and spirit, the individual and the collective. Our point of inquiry is through the exploratory lens of different transe like states of being in relationship to and questioning physical, social and spiritual norms  and our ability to shift and move within and beyond them. Bringing it closer to the uses of the prefix "trans-", we will propose a contemporary interpretation of transe that is transcultural, transgender and transgressive!</p> <p> For that we will invoke the dormant witches inside each of us. These queer and feminist witches, holding a subversive power on the normative systems prevailing our contemporary worlds. This ceremony will invite us to move through trans lens to awaken new sensibilities, experience utopia of community through the body and build new horizons of freedom through performance. </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>THE ARTISTIC TEAM </strong></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> **MATTHIEU NIETO - Choreographer</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="76f1b1cc-32bf-4cf2-b19e-7e9bd3d850b6-1463586017" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <em>Matthieu Nieto is a performer and choreographer currently based in Saint-Ouen, in the greater Paris area. As a young scholar and a graduate student at Paris 8 University, he is interested in practice-as-research in the pursuit of his artistic and academic research, which are grounded in both performance and queer studies. His artistic work has been presented in New York, USA; Bamako, Mali; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kigali, Rwanda and Paris, France.</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> **MARION BLONDEAU - Choreographer</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="29207ba9-29e8-490c-a5c2-61e009fafca1-1463585775" src=""></p> <p> <em>.</em></p> <p dir="ltr"> <em>Marion Blondeau is a dancer, performer and choreographer. From the beginning of her career, she  has developed an interest in intercultural collaboration with her travels and work in North African, Arab and West African countries. In turn she has developed a dance pedagogy that fuses her intercultural experiences. Her artistic work explores issues of women, feminism and otherness.</em></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> MMAKGOSI KGABI - Performer</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="10881608_10205386297317475_5205447744725999823_n-1463585295" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <em>Mmakgosi Kgabi is an actress and a physical theatre and improvisation performer. Currently based in Berlin, she has trained in Gaborone, Johannesburg and New York. In 2015, she presented her solo "Shades of A Queen" at the Queer New York International Arts Festival. Her work often interrogates the premise of identity and nationalism tying back to the themes of Queer identity, the Black Female Body Politics and Migration.</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> AISSÉ TRAORÉ - Performer</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="13551223-2895-4671-a65f-634f6cbc8bb5-1463586040" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <em>Aissé Traoré is a dancer and a reiki practitioner. She is currently graduating with a diploma Art Therapy from the hospital Saint-Annes in Paris. Since an early age, within the Malian communities in France, Aissé has been dancing for wedding ceremonies. She has trained in African contemporary dance, as well as Malian and Guinean traditional dance forms. As a performer, she collaborated with Manu Sissoko in Paris and Coline Billen, Brussels.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p>  </p> <p> MOHAMED FOUAD - Performer</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Befa3096-ae45-41ec-bb99-07425de1b759-1463585495" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <em>Mohamed Fouad graduated in Drama from the University of Alexandria before training as a contemporary dancer in Cairo. As a performer and choreographer, he has collaborated in several dance productions in Egypt. Currently based in Paris, he has shared his artistic work through workshops and performances in several African, Arab and European cities including Berlin, Beirut , Paris, Amsterdam, Riga, Amman, Tunis and Dusseldorf.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p>  </p> <p>                                                                               <a href="" target="_blank"></a> // <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>

Allocation of funds

<p>  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>By participating today and funding this project, you will help us to support some of the costs related to the production's first residency :</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>- Travel costs and food for the artistic team</strong>  [ 900 € ]</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>- Participation to the overall production cost</strong> * [ 600 € ].</p> <p dir="ltr"> * The overall production cost include artists' remuneration, purchase of equipment and costumes, as well as creating promotional materials to secure additional co-production support.</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE WILL :</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>- Be able to better finance the cost incurred to do the residency from June 10th to 17th at « Les Bazis »</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>- Organize two work-in-progress :</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"> <strong>On June 16th at « Les Bazis » and on June 21st at « Paris VII University » in Saint-Denis</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> If fortunately, we exceed our goal, the additional money will allow us to continue further developing our ideas, and also offer the artists and collaborators better conditions of reciprocity. </p> <p> We strongly believe in the power and success of community supported projects that allow the manifestation of independent and experimental artistic proposals, such as our very own, to exist.</p> <p> Please spread the word with your various communities. We are truly hoping that this project will tour to a city near you !</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p>



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With size S, your name will appear as a contributor on both our websites and social media (Facebook) with all our warmest thanks !

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With size M, you will receive an official postcard of the project with a personalized note !

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With size L, you will receive a retrospective of the residency, with pictures and testimonies, few readings and a video trailer of the work ! (plus previous aforementioned gifts)

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With size L-Strech, you will get a stretching class - available only in the urban areas of Paris and Toulouse. (plus previous aforementioned gifts)

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With size XL, you will receive a surprise"performative care package", a magical performative preparation by us to warm up your heart and connect you to your body and the universe. The performative care is only available through Skype. (plus previous aforementioned gifts)

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With this full support on size XXL, your name will be credited as an official co-productor of the project. (plus previous aforementioned gifts)

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