GERALD KURDIAN - HOT BODIES (Stand up)
"a moment to stress the importance of or physical and sexual forces in the inventions of our bodies, our storytelling and our future utopias"
Hot Bodies (Stand up)” is the title of a live performance for Gerald Kurdian, two electronic instruments, a sampler and a vocoder, and the participation of a female choir set up for the occasion. Borrowing to the vocabularies of opera, stand-up comedy, choreography and documentary, its libretto tells in 7 chants and 2 danced interludes, the encounters of an anti-hero called Tarek X on his way through the sexual revolutions of the XXth and XXIst centuries.
A part of the Hot Bodies (Stand up) researches are based on interviews Gerald Kurdian leads beside an ensemble of people practicing their sexuality and/or gender as a way to resist, augment ou emancipate the very idea of self.
In the same movement, he works with groups of women around a significant ensemble of ddocuments witnessing of feminist and queer activism (cyborg manifesto, contrasexual manifesto, on the collective writing of revolutionnary textes. Unruly and polyphonic, these texts become the score of a choir part performed by the participants during the performance.
Hence, Hot Bodies (stand up) could be imagined as dive in the experiment of our pulsions, a moment to stress the importance of or physical and sexual forces in the inventions of our bodies, our storytelling and our future utopias.
Gerald Kurdian is a musician, performer and radio-artist, studied visual arts at the École Nationale d’Arts de Paris-Cergy before entering the contemporary dance program Ex.e.r.ce 07 - CCNMLR under the direction of Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. His oblique concerts are joyful opportunities to invent synergies between LIVE electronic music practices, performance art and documentary.
With the support of: Drac ÎLe de france
production : Décor de l'Envers
Co-producion : APAP / Le Centquatre (Paris) / La Bellone (Brussels) / La Casa Encendida and CA2M (Madrid)