Ou·est

Ou·est "ou•est" is a 1 time artistic project consisting of 1 exhibition and 1 performance, where the audience are invited to contemplate on and explore the relationship between their bodies. It is created by students Wu Jialu, Wang Yuqi, and Madeline Francis.
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13/12/2019

To everyone who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign: your reward of the digital thank you e-cards have been posted and ready for viewing under the photo album Digital Thank You.

The team is currently getting the rest of the physical gifts together and should be sent out within the next couple of weeks. We are positive that everyone will be getting them before the year ends, and we thank you so much for your patience on this matter!

11/11/2019
Planet Dance

Happy Armistice Day/Veterans Day everyone! This week, we will be introducing the final segment of the information on this project called "Meet the Team" as our own D-day is approaching closer and closer (November 16th to be exact)! If you have yet to purchase a ticket, please head on over to our event page and do so! We will also be releasing a few pictures from the rehearsals so you can hop on the hype train with us! The team at ou·est has been incredibly thrilled you all have been on this wild journey with us, and we can't wait to share our world of contemporary dance with you!!
https://youtu.be/4aeBhLakp3c

A beginner’s guide to contemporary dance. Is it one style or many? How does it relate to other kinds of dance? Does it have a particular meaning? The Planet ...

25/10/2019
The Case for Performance Art | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

To finish off our "Week of Influences," we invite our followers to take a deeper look at what the term "performance art" can be. Performance art does not have to be just an event where an audience can view a a piece of performance. It can allow an audience to explore the aspects of space, time, awareness, and allowing the uncomfortable to become comfortable or, at the very least, to invoke a sense of curiosity. PBS Digital Studios' video "The Case for Performance Art" is a wonderful video to dive into the information of the estranged areas of performance art. Thank you for joining us in this short "Week of Influences!" https://youtu.be/EmMTKdUAokM

Dubious of performance art? Break into a cold sweat when you realize it’s about to begin? There’s a reason. Here we present you with a brief history of perfo...

The ticketing to the performance of ou·est is officially live!! If you are in Paris on November 16, the team at ou·est w...
25/10/2019
ou·est

The ticketing to the performance of ou·est is officially live!! If you are in Paris on November 16, the team at ou·est would love to see your lovely faces at AMAC Projects!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ouest-tickets-78595000763?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

“ou·est” is an engaging project that explores body, culture, and identity through an experience made up of exhibition, performance, and discussions with the performers. The performance will consist of 4 movements: take a seat, take a breath, take a walk, and take a look. For the project, this r...

24/10/2019
ALLAN KAPROW - 18 Happenings in 6 Parts

In terms of historical movements for the performing arts, the team's favorite is what's known as a "Happening." The official term of the word "happening" is "an event, performance or situation art, usually shown as a performance art." It was coined by Allan Krapow during the 1950s to describe a wide range of art-related events. Speaking of the pioneer of establishing concepts of performance arts, the video below shows how a happening can happen. This was shot in New York back in April 1988.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_kkIw3gdQI&list=LLM3G1NrqoUWCGCpWPpy27UA&index=4&t=162s

April, 1988, New York City

23/10/2019
Expanding in Space - Marina Abramovic - 1977

Our next artist spotlight in our "Week of Influences" is Marina Abramovic (born 1946). In the world of performing artists, she is best known for her body art, the relationship between performer and audience, the possibilities of the mind, and the limits of the body. She is also known for creating the "Abramovic Method," which is an exploration of being present in both space and time. The video footage is of her work titled "Expanding in Space" performed in 1977.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEQUC0-AlUo

Trecho de uma das performances apresentadas na mostra de vídeo do projeto "Performance: Ritual & Gênero". O projeto "Performance: Ritual e Gênero" tem por ob...

22/10/2019
How to pass..., John Cage en Merce Cunningham, Holland Festival 1967

Next up in the Week of Influences for project ou·est, is Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). As the project centers around more contemporary dance, we certainly had to include a prominent creator of abstract dance. Some of his works are currently being performed in the "Festival d'Automne a Paris," and the team invites onlookers to take a look at the video below with a piece of his work with composer John Cage titled "How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run" which was performed in 1965. Abstract art is present in the video, but it is quite unusually alluring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJtD8vdl4Ec

Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns en John Cage – drie ‘hogepriesters’ van de Amerikaanse avant-garde in dans, beeldende kunst en muziek – tonen hun nieuwste wer...

21/10/2019
Yves Klein – Anthropometries | TateShots

27 Days to Go!!! The team at ou·est is working hard, and this week we'll be presenting more of our major influences for this project! From Monte Verita to Black Mountain College, we have our first artist outside of one of the two former melting pots for performing arts. Yves Klein, and in particular, his Anthropomentry paintings broke some boundaries in both performance art and painting. TateShots provides an excellent short video that shows video footage from the event back in 1960.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj9nHa7FtQQ&t=41s

Yves Klein used naked women as 'human paintbrushes' to make his 'Anthropometry' paintings, which were produced as elaborate performances in front of an audie...

15/10/2019
Black Mountain College – 'A School Like No Other' | TateShots

Fast foward from the early 1900s at Monte Verita in Switzerland to 1933 in North Carolina, USA, and you have another influential place that shaped performing arts as we know them today. Some of the team's favorite artists to have come out of this place were Merce Cunningham (contemporary dance), John Cage (contemporary music), and Robert de Niro (painter). The TateShots video shows an excellent mini-documentary that explains the history of this unusual melting pot for the arts:
.https://youtu.be/ManNYunSYkQ

Black Mountain College was a highly influential school founded in North Carolina, USA, in 1933 where teaching was experimental and committed to an interdisci...

08/10/2019
Mary Wigman - Witch Dance

Have you ever stopped and wondered how the performing arts came to be as we know it today? Today's post is a brief history on performing arts, starting with one of the first hippie communes built in the Swiss hilltops near the city of Ascona in 1904 called Monte Verita. It housed many people who "abhorred property, and practiced rigid codes of strict vegetarianism, nudism, and morality." Quite a few artists were attracted to this community and saw the likes of Issadora Duncan (dancer), Carl Jung (psychiatrist), Mary Wigman (dancer), and Max Weber (sociologist and economist) among many more. It was home to a "School of Art" opened by Rudolf Laban from 1913 to 1918 and saw a lot of experimental art for its time. Unfortunately, the commune shut down and acquired a new owner in 1926, but it was never quite the same. While there are more photos than video footage (as cinema was barely just beginning around that time), we would love to draw the attention to a performance by Mary Wigman (1886-1973), who was a pioneer of expressionist dance and one of the most influential figures in the history of modern dance today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk7Ie3rbcSQ

Thank you to everyone who has liked the page for ou·est so far!  The team is excited for your support and proudly presen...
27/09/2019
Click here to support ou·est organized by Madeline Francis

Thank you to everyone who has liked the page for ou·est so far! The team is excited for your support and proudly presents the GoFundMe page for this wonderful project. Even if you can not contribute anything at this time, we invite you to share this page with others who are interested in supporting performing arts projects. This project has just begun to move even more forward, and we appreciate any and all support from the bottom of our hearts!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/ouest?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Madeline Francis ou·est Family, Friends, and delightful Passerbys,Thank you so much for checking out the Go Fund Me page for the fundraising of ou·est!What is

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What is this event? “ou·est” is an engaging project that explores body, culture, and identity through an experience made up of exhibition, performance, and discussions with the performers.

The name of the project is a play on words, with layers of meanings that are overlapping and intertwining, and open for interpretation:

-ou est: where is

-ouest: west

-ou est: or east

And the project itself aims to explore the following questions through the context of contemporary dance: is our body a hybrid product of personal, social and cultural background? if so, how to we perceive that? how do we identity with our bodies?

Why use the word “engaging”?

The entire space of the gallery will be used at some points during the performance. Therefore, the team does not wish the audience to feel restricted in one spot. There will be seats and cushions for those who need to sit down, but for the able bodied audience member, we encourage standing and moving around the space at their leisure without worrying it will disrupt the performance in its entirety.

This Project is in Collaboration With:

Valentina POLCOVINICOVA: Curator of the “Body Museum” which can be found here: https://bodymuseum.tk/ AMAC Projects: gallery space on 10 Rue des Fontaines du Temple, 75003 Paris, France

And the following people: Sun Quibo (IG: @ qiiiibeau); Sylvain Lauret (IG: @sylvainlauret); Eneas Vaca Bualo (IG: @eneas.mv); WU Jialu (Artistic Director at ou·est; IG: @jialuwu_ ); Madeline Francis (Marketing Manager at ou·est) and Wang Yuqi (Finance Administrator at ou·est)

Where can I purchase a ticket?

Tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ouest-tickets-78595000763

We’re looking forward to having you join us!

Other Info: Because this is a student run project, the team has two crowdfunding platforms so that the students do not have to go into debt. We invite you to take a look at them in the links below:

For our Eastern-Chinese audience: https://zhongchou.modian.com/item/83232.html

For our Western-English audience: gf.me/u/vucvzk There is a rewards-tier set in place, so even if you feel compelled to leave just 5 euros, the team at ou·est will not leave you empty handed! Thank you for your curiosity and your support! We hope to see you at the event!

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