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Performance Installation *
The starting point for CAMILLE is the reproduction, translation, misrepresentation and betrayal of the series of Edgar Degas’ Nudes: ”Suite of female nudes bathing, washing, drying themselves, wiping themselves, combing themselves or being combed.”
The series of pastels and sketches by Degas is used as a choreographic score. Theoretical materials go with an investigation of the concept of intimacy in private versus public space.
The intent is to make an utopian gesture, to break into the anonymity of the body.
Camille – as I will call the bather of Degas – is a woman absorbed by her own intimacy.

* During the video installation the audience can get in touch with Camille and spy her through a webcam. The performer is also connected with a public webcam in Times Square, her private world looks out into the public and vice versa.

by and with Francesca Gironi
music by Luca Losacco
technical realisation: Matteo Mancini
chat: Monica Gironi

Costume design: Laura Bastianelli, Sara Costarelli

Artistic residency: Dance_B 2013 @ DanceHaus
Francesca Gironi is part of Progetto Matilde, a platform for the promotion of new theatre, sponsored by the Marche Region and AMAT, Italy.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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