Poésie Plate-forme — CONJUGUER — Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers


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Poésie Plate-forme
CONJUGUER — Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers

Past: Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 PM → 9 PM

Conferences directed by Jérôme Mauche.

Under the banner of the verb “Combining”, this Poésie Plate-forme session is dedicated to Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

It is a place dedicated to all fields of artistic creation, linking research with experimentation, and offering its invited artists some unusual, flexible, cross-disciplinary forms of work.

Founded in 1993 in Aubervilliers, Les Laboratoires had their project redesigned in the 2000s by a trio that included Yvane Chapuis, art historian, François Piron, art critic and curator, and Loïc Touzé, choreographer, in collaboration with Guillaume Desanges, curator and art critic. Les Laboratoires has the distinctive trait of being run by group-directorship consisting of two or three people. Since January of this year, it has been co-directed by Pascale Murtin, François Hiffler — both founders of GRAND MAGASIN — and Margot Videcoq, a programme planner and pioneering researcher. Combining artistic practices, multiplying and sharing singularities, experimenting with dialogues and the forms of address that characterise them.

François Hiffler — I began studying dance at age 18, but stopped in 1982 when I joined forces with Pascale Murtin and we founded the duo Grand Magasin. With “rare et bon marché” (“scarce and cheap”) as our battle cry, we gave up all physical training and, to a large extent, research. Guided solely by our intuition, we set out to put on the kinds of shows we would have dreamed of going to. Since then we’ve come up with forty-odd plays and other items we describe as infradisciplinary because they can’t be called disciplines in any normal sense.

Pascale Murtin — At age 18 I decided on a career as a dancer, but backed out in 1982 when I met François Hiffler and we founded Grand Magasin. Under this title we’ve performed some forty works, written in tandem for at least two voices: a mix of theatre, sound poetry and performance that doesn’t fit into any of the official categories.

Margot Videcoq — studied Modern Literature, then trained in the performing arts in Brazil and contemporary dance at Université Paris 8 and CNDC in Angers. She has worked with Latifa Laâbissi as administrator and co-director of the Extension Sauvage festival in Brittany; programmed performances accompanying the Black Atlantic by Nancy Cunard exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris; and set up the Biennale du Divers with David Sanson at the Collège des Bernardins, also in Paris. She has also advised on projects for artists including Grand Magasin, Volmir Cordeiro, Yvonne Rainer, Martine Pisani, Pauline Le Boulba and Mélissa Laveaux, and in 2017–2018 took part in the Ateliers des Horizons (“Horizon Workshops”) at the Magasin des Horizons/Cnac Grenoble.

Next session:

Thursday 16 May — STAMMERING — Luc Bénazet and Jérôme Game

This Poésie Plate-forme session will echo the programme Poésie Sonore: La voix libérée, Palais de Tokyo, 21 March — 16 May 2019.

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1, cours Paul Ricard

75008 Paris

T. 01 70 93 26 00

Official website


Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM
Visites commentées le mercredi à 12h30 et le samedi à 12h30 et 16h

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artists

  • François Hiffler
  • Pascale Murtin
  • Margot Videcoq