Biography

Biography

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The question of the construction of identity in a mass production society is at the heart of Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe’s plastic and choreographic work. This approach is a form of response to current debates on the issues of national identity, citizenship and integration, as reflection is often paralyzed by the impossibility of thinking outside the logic of mono-belonging and refusal to give to mixed-culture, experience of multi-belonging, a political translation.

The ethnic and geographical classifications, the ethnographic and culturalist approaches that generally enclose the productions of African artists living in Europe constitute ambiguous conditions of visibility and recognition. Between the hammer of the global (globalization and its standards) and that of the local (the withdrawal and the colonial legacy of a falsified vision of “tradition”), Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe proposes an ironic deconstruction of the exoticism and attempts a decolonization of the minds.

In the latest shows, the performative mode is predominant and involves voice, music, worked environments, and videoprojection mixed with the calculated occupation of the space dedicated to the public, often invited to move or even divide, forcing the viewer to rethink its function.

With pieces such as Las Meninas (2016) and Congo Na Chanel (2017) the question of the point of view extends the post-colonial question. The last shows of Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe tend to show the multiplicity of angles of view which imply different perceptions of the same reality. Because consciousness is like the visual field. This is not a framed image seen by a third external eye, it is captured without distance and, although limited (it is impossible for us to see what is happening behind us), it has no edges: limited and yet without “border”. The various scenographic devices used, then allow to scramble the cards, unmask conventions (especially repressed), caress ambiguities and thus stage the many incoherent postures that assail us.

We perceive only what exists or has the appearance of it, inside and outside us, and we have, it seems, no other sign of reality than the perception we have of it. But are all perceptions equal? (“Jeder hat seine eigene Wahrheit”)

In the work of Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe, nothing is ever delivered to us in its totality. The sets, the actions, the presence of the bodies on the plateau always present themselves under a particular face, in a determined perspective. What grips the eye always exceeds our perception since there is always the possibility of other perceptions, corrections. Here, perception cannot exhaust the action. If the perception is incomplete, it is because it is always surrounded by a sort of halo of indeterminacy, the possibility of other probable perceptions or even future ones.

For the choreographer, a point of view does not allow to perceive; it is necessary to know how to shake it according to what is at stake and to others’ point of view. Recognizing the limits, the obscurity, the “incomplete” character of men and of ideas does not imply abandoning them. On the contrary, this conscious doubt, this critical reconsideration, opens the way to a transcendence, a projection of the body forward, commitment.

 

PERFOMANCES

06-2017 CONGO NA CHANEL PERFORMANCE-DANCE-INSTALLATION

10-2016 PINK EYE PERFORMANCE-DANCE-INSTALLATION with one performer

Commissioned by steirischer herbst

05-2016 LAS MENINAS PERFORMANCE-DANCE-INSTALLATION with SIX performers

COPRODUCTION DIG-UP PRODUCTION TANZQUARTIER (AUSTRIA), SUPPORTED BY MA7 Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Bundeskanzleramt Kunst/Kultur

05-2016 FLECHE PERFORMANCE-DANCE-INSTALLATION with TWO performers

COPRODUCTION DIG-UP PRODUCTION, DONAUFESTIVAL

07-2015 FIT IN PERFORMANCE-DANCE-INSTALLATION with one performer

COPRODUCTION DIG-UP PRODUCTION IMPULSTANZ, SUPPORTED BY MUMOK MUSEUM

01-2015 SYMPOSIUM PERFORMANCE-DANCE-INSTALLATION with seven performers

COPRODUCTION DIG-UP PRODUCTION TANZQUARTIER (AUSTRIA), SUPPORTED BY MA7 VIENNA; BMUKK; LONG LIFE BURNING

09-2011 GOLDEN BABY SOLO, PERFORMANCE-DANCE-INSTALLATION

COPRODUCTION DIG-UP PRODUCTION WUK THEATRE DE VIENNA (AUSTRIA), SUPPORTED BY MA7 VIENNA

05-2010 ANOMALIC SOLO, PERFORMANCE- INSTALLATION

COPRODUCTION STATTSAFFAIRE, WUK THEATRE SUPPORTED BY MA7 VIENNE WITH THE COLLABORATION OF THEATRE LE GARAGE ROUBAIX (FRANCE)

01-2010 DON’T STEP ON MY JERSEY, A PERFORMANCE – EVENT WITH 2 PERFORMERS , 1 SINGER

PRODUCTION MOVING CULTURE VIDC

2008, REACT IN SILENCE,PLEASE. PERFORMANCE-INSTALLATION A PROJECT DEVELOPED WITHIN “TURBO RESIDENCE 2008” COACHED BY THIERRY BAE DURING THE IMPULSTANZ FESTIVAL OF VIENNA HAS BEEN SHOWED IN MARCH 2009 AT THE WUK IN VIENNA.

11-2007 CONCERTO POUR CORPS BRUYANTS 3 DANSEURS,1 COMEDIEN, DANSE-PERFORMANCECIE DIXIT PRODUCTION COOPRODUIT VIVAT THEATRE ARMENTIÈRE(FRANCE)

05-2005 MON COEUR BALANCE SOLO, DANSE

CIE DIXIT PRODUCTION ,AVEC LA COLLABORATION DE LA CONDITION PUBLIQUE,LA COMÉDIE DE BETHUNE,THEATRE MASSENET (FRANCE).PRÉSENTÉ AU FESTIVAL JULIDANS (AMSTERDAM)

2003 FRÉMISSEMENT, (YOUNG AUDIENCE) WORK FOR TWO DANCERS, A PUPPET-MASTER AND A MUSICIAN.

2002 LA LÉGENDE DE BAKI, CHOREOGRAPHIC TALE (YOUNG AUDIENCE) FOR TWO DANCERS, TWO MUSICIANS AND A TALETELLER.

2001 NO ! CREATION FOR FIVE DANCERS AND A MUSICIAN PRÉSENTED AT LILLE-GRAND-PALAIS DURING THE “AFRIQUE EN CREATION” FESTIVAL.

2000 PETITES CHOSES DEVIENDRONT GRANDES, (YOUNG AUDIENCE) CREATION SIX DANCERS AND FIVE MUSICIANS.

COLLABORATIONS

NOVEMBRE 2016 Lecture Performance of Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe in installation “From the Future” by Esther Stocker

NOVEMBRE 2016 Lecture Performance of Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe in installation “Approximation linéaire” by Esther Stocker

AUGUST 2015 A THIRD STEP TO IDEAL PARADISE FROM CLAUDIA BOSSE/THEATERCOMBINAT

MAI 2015 duo with TAOUFIQ IZZEDIOU WITH TANZQUARTIER AND CHARLEROI-DANSE

SINCE OCT 2013  « WAR »  WITH AMANDA PIÑA / DANIEL ZIMMERMANN / NADAPRODUCTIONS IN TANZQUARTIER

SINCE AOUT 2013   “IN A WORLD FULL OF BUTTERFLIES, IT TAKES BALLS TO BE…..” START NEW SOLO PROJECT WITH ROBYN ORLIN IN BERLIN AND PARIS

NOV- DEC 2012 MUSÉE DES BEAUX ARTS  LILLE (FRANCE) WITH ROBYN ORLIN DURING LILLE3000 (PERFORMANCE/INSTALLATION)

AVRIL-MAI-2012  END OF FEMINISM WITH DOLCE AFTER GHANA IN WUK  AND DONAULD FESTIVAL

SINCE SEPT 2011 IN HAVE YOU HUGGED, KISSED AND…..(PERFORMANCE/DANCE/THEATRE) FROM ROBYN ORLIN THEATRE DE LA VILLE,LE CENTQUATRE (PARIS); GRAND THÉÂTRE DU LUXEMBOURG; STADSSCHOUWBURG (AMSTERDAM…….)

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FROM OCT -JANUARY-2009 EASY COME, EASY GO BY OLEG SOULIMENKO PRESENTED AT TANZQUARTIER IN VIENNA. (PERFORMANCE/DANCE/INSTALLATION)

12-2007 CONFIT DE CANARD BY ROBIN ORLYN PRESENTED AT THE DANCE NATIONAL CENTER IN PARIS.(PERFORMANCE/THEATRE)

06-2006 RADIO OKAPI BY FAUSTIN LINYEKULA PRESENTED AT THE THÉÂTRE PARIS VILETTE.

02-2006 LAS BAS PEUT-ÊTRE BY GRACIANE FINZI WITH L’ORCHESTRE NATIONALE DE MONTPELLIER CONDUCTED BY JÉRÔME PILLEMENT WITH A DIRECTION BY SERGE BAGDASSARIAN AND A CHOREOGRAPHY BY CYRIL VIALLON.

10-2004 CIE KAÏDARA, DIRECTED BY KATINA GENERO IN TORINO (ITALY), “LA NOTTE BIANCA

02-2004 CIE KAÏDARA, CREATION FOR THE CONCERT SHOW SAFARA, IL FUOCO DEI TAMBURI.

07-08-09-2004 CIE GEORGES MOMBOYE CREATION BOYAKODAH (PARIS)

11-2003 CIE FASO DANSE THÉÂTRE CRÉATION ET DEMAIN  BY SERGE COULIBALY PRÉSENTED DURING THE ” DIALOGUE DE CORPS ” FESTIVAL IN OUAGADOUGOU (BURKINA-FASO), CREATED IN LILLE UNDER THE PRODUCTION OF THE GRAND BLEU -NATIONAL THEATER – FOR LILLE 2004, EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE

02-1999 CIE ANNE CELLIEZ CREATION UNTITLED (LILLE)

WORKSHOP WITH PUBLIC SHOWS 

05-2012  LA PHILOSOPHIE BANANE : WITH   OISEAU-MOUCHE CIE IN THE GARAGE THEATRE (FRANCE)

06-2011 WWW BLACK SECURITY WITH THE SCHWARZE FRAUEN COMMUNITY

SHOWN AT THE DJUNGEL THEATRE AT VIENNA (AUSTRIA) SUPPORTED BY THE MA57 VIENNA

12 -2010 YOU,MY HERO WITH THE SCHULKOLLECTIV-WAHRINGERSTRASSE VIENNA (AUSTRIA) SUPPORTED BY MA17 VIENNA.

05-2010 J’AI ACCOUCHÉ D’UN NEGRE THE CIE OISEAU-MOUCHE IN THE GARAGE THEATRE (FRANCE)

07-2008 MA LUMIERE DURING THE LE MANIFESTE FESTIVAL AT GRANDE-SYNTHE (FRANCE)

EXHIBITION

MARCH 2014 LA PHILOSOPHIE BANANE : SOLO EXHIBITION PERFORMANCES, VIDEOS AND SCULPTURES INSTALLATION IN THE WELT MUSEUM IN WIEN

AUGUST 2013  OCCUPY THE MUSEUM GROUP EXHIBITION IMPULSTANZ FESTIVAL  VIDEOS ,SCULPTURE INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE AT WELT MUSEUM WIEN

07 –2012 GOOSEFLESH GROUP EXHIBITION, VIDEOS INSTALLATION AND SCULPTURE IMPULSTANZ FESTIVAL

08/31-03 2011 STILL LIFE, SOLO EXHIBITION, VIDEOS INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE

MOVING CULTURE VIDC AT VIENNA (AUSTRIA)

08/22-2010 THE BARBIE TRAP, INSTALLATION, VIDEO

SOHO OTTAKRING AT VIENNA (AUSTRIA)