Absentia reveals the imprints of a body. As it moves, its polymorphic variations reveal the ambiguity it leaves in space. This work is the result of a curiosity to explore how the trajectory of physical movement might be retraced. Absentia seeks to put a light up to the shadow space between where the body is now and where it has been; how the body pushes itself into space; and what traces are left in that space as the body retreats. “…(Absentia) holds the essential, the primordial, a hidden truth about life, the living body… one does not leave entirely unscathed.” – Selim Lander, mondesfrancophones.com
Pavillon Noir – Centre Chorégraphique Nationale (Aix-en-Provence), KLAP – Maison pour la danse (Marseille)
Liam Warren is an emerging Canadian dance maker based in the south of France. After training at Canada’s National Ballet School, he attended Codarts University of the Arts in The Netherlands, obtaining a Bachelor of Dance. Warren has performed for 6 years under the mentorship of Angelin Preljocaj. Liam Warren’s creations highlight the unique, reactive, and interceptive nature of the human body – to show how the body is constantly subjected to various systemic stimuli affecting its movement and functioning. He is interested in how the body will modify its movement based both on a conscious anatomical cue, or as a result of being in a certain socio-political situation; and what responses are made under these given circumstances. Among his projects, Warren has collaborated with artists such as artist Mary Jordan, filmmaker Gregoire Colin, and the choir Vox Clamantis in Estonia. His work has been presented at venues across France, such as the Pavillon Noir – Centre Chorégraphique Nationale (Aix-en-Provence), KLAP – Maison pour la danse (Marseille), and at the Festival Vaison Danses.
Photo by: Didier Philispart
This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here.