The CERN Council Chamber where the discovery of a new particle was announced this July, became the latest space for the 3rd intervention by Collide @CERN's first choreographer in residence Gilles Jobin. Instead of physics, the subject of discussion was contemporary dance, seen through the eyes of Gilles Jobin and his 25 year old career in the art form, which as he said, began as a way of meeting girls. An honest confession from this highly regarded international choreographer, whose pieces like A+B=X (1997) and Moebius Strip (2001) had a big influence on contemporary dance as well as live art.
Gilles's lecture began with the history of dance as a folkloric form which in the 12th century the church tried to control by codifying and naming because it was seen as potentially revolutionary. His talk ended with two influential women in dance – La Ribot (Spain) and the choreographer Maguy Marin (France) of whose work he showed some beautiful examples.
In Gilles's final month at CERN, two additional interventions are planned, in both the Anti Matter Hall and the Computer Centre. Watch these spaces. The revolutionary zeal of dance to interrupt and intervene may very well make an unforeseen impact in these places.
Selected video links on contemporary dance see Gilles Jobin's blog.