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‘TROUBLE WIT’ Performance and Lunch: Magic and Choreography at the Table

Photo by Emilie Gallier

Tilman Andris and Emilie Gallier (C-DaRE PhD Candidate, PØST Cie) investigate qualities of participation through the paper object ‘Trouble Wit’ and with the practices of magic and choreography. 

Thursday 9th June 2016 at 12:00pm

Performance followed by discussion and light lunch

Free entrance, booking galliere@uni.coventry.ac.uk

‘Trouble Wit’ is a meeting with and for spectators around a menu centred on the magic and choreographic paper object ‘Trouble Wit’. Since the 17th century, this object is the occasion for theatrical paper folding demonstration performed by magicians who uses it as an illustration device for narrative. Where this performance usually takes place on stage in front of its audience, Tilman and Emilie invite spectators to sit around tables: a format that serves proximity, friendship, and possible conversations. No dinner is served, but food for thought. As a starter, spectators learn about the history of ‘Trouble Wit’. With the main dish, unexpected surrealistic stories unravel. Over dessert and some tea, a dialogue extends the movements, images and ideas generated by ‘Trouble Wit’.Tilman Andris and Emilie Gallier address the audience’s expectation when it comes to see a magic performance by a male magician and a female choreographer: will bodies disappear, be cut in half? The spectator’s status of co-creator fascinates them. They wish to make the audience more aware of the nuances of their participation (from physically helping, to reacting with ‘aaah’ ‘ooooh’, or to mentally and silently imagining tricks). 

This project grew in The Netherlands and is for the first time presented in the UK. It develops within the research Emilie Gallier undertakes at the Centre for Dance Research (Coventry University). Her research investigates the possible impact of scores and choreographic objects on the spectator’s qualities of participation. How can the artefacts of choreography play a role in the encounter between spectators during the choreographic event? For a conscious encounter in the acts of thinking with others and of welcoming differences.

You can view a work in progress of 'Trouble Wit' at this link - https://vimeo.com/154011722


Tilman Andris. Philosopher turned magician. MA in philosophy (Leiden, 2005) after studies in Freiburg im Breisgau, Oxford and Leiden. Additional training in drama (Prep Class Fontys Academy of the Arts Tilburg, 2006/07) and mime/physical theatre (classes at CREA, Amsterdam and Prep Class at Amsterdam School of the Arts, 2005/06). Professional magician since 2007. Interested in bringing new modes of performance to the classical repertoire of magic. Regularly exploring themes related to knowledge, cognition, deception and the history of magic in performances and lecture presentations. In 2010, one of my solo act was featured in the 'Circus of Thoughts' in Royal Theatre Carré (Amsterdam). In 2013, I gave a talk on ‘trust’, as seen from the perspective of the deceiver, for TEDx.

Emilie Gallier. Choreographer-Researcher, director of the PØST Cie, currently PhD Candidate at the Centre for Dance Research (University of Coventry) and member of THIRD! (pilot research group of the AHK Lectoraat, Amsterdam University of the Arts). Her work investigates the writing and the reading of movement together with questions of spectatorship. She develops projects that expand the format of choreography and probe exchanges of knowledge between spectators. Her dance performances, installations, scores, books, lectures, and workshops have been presented in The Netherlands and Europe. Today PhD Candidate at Coventry, she graduated from the Master of Choreography at ArtEZ (NL) in 2012. Before that she explored choreography at the PRCC (Myriam Gourfink, FR) and learned Laban notation at the Conservatoire de Paris.


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Jun 09

Event Time:
Start time: 12:00
End time: 13:30

Event Location:
Ellen Terry Building 221, CV1 5RW

Event Contact:
Emilie Gallier - galliere@uni.coventry.ac.uk