In 1990, Kitsou Dubois, choreographer and researcher in dance, became the first artist to experience weightlessness in parabolic flight with the French Space Agency (CNES). Since then, Kitsou has flown on a series of 21 parabolic flights.
In her creations, from stage choreographies to video installations or hybrid productions, Kitsou uses her experience and knowledge of weightlessness to explore movement, perception of the environment and also the sensation of time, the relation to matter, the relation to others and the poetry of an environment where all familiar references seem to have been transformed.
She works with performers (dancers and acrobats) in environments where the sensation of gravity has been altered: in water, in parabolic flights, in virtual reality set-ups (with sound and sensorial sensors) and also works closely with researchers in science and technology.
In her artistic approach, she works, from the dance gesture perspective, on the legibility of another space-time "nor heavy, nor light". She made dream-like pieces which trouble the perception of the audience. Movements alternate between losing point of reference and anchoring. A connection is made between the bodies of the dancers and that of the spectators, uniting both in a common vertigo.
Choreographic writing from experiments in microgravity
My artistic approach as a choreographer and a dance researcher is about revisiting the fundamental movements of dance within the experience of another time-space continuum: microgravity. Thanks to about 20 parabolic flights I have been in, with about 15 dancers and circus artists, I was able to develop a knowledge of mechanisms and movement in microgravity and create a choreographic writing on the ground, which integrates this other point of view on movement
So I work on the state of the body as revealed by the experience of weightless movement, or in environments where gravity is altered: parabolic flights (at the French National Center for Space Studies), water and with new technology. I have been wondering what our relationships to others may be in the absence of gravity. What points of support we can find, reinvent and reimagine? What is the nature of body memory disconnected from weight? How can we share these emotions? My pieces and video installations are an attempt to answer these questions.
During this workshop, I will try to make legible for the audience another form of thought generated by human experience of outer space in an artistic approach of the moving body on earth.
Kitsou Dubois en vol parabolique
© K. Dubois
"Corps Infini" (The Infinite Body), 2016-2018
© K. Dubois