11:30—14:15 Public

Kino Xenix

Cindy Van Acker / Cie Greffe

Screening & Lunch: Without References

© Magali Dougados / Charlotte Krieger

The piece «Without References» by Cie Greffe is part of the final selection and will be shown as a screening at the Xenix cinema, followed by a conversation (in French) with choreographer Cindy Van Acker, who will answer your questions. Afterwards, the audience is invited to lunch at the adjacent Xenix Bar.

«Without References» is a production by Cindy Van Acker in cooperation with the Japanese group Goat, the Italian stage director Romeo Castellucci and eleven dancers. The piece addresses questions of temporality, transience and the leaving of traces. Appearing before an opulent backdrop, the figures meet in a place that is not clearly defined: are they inside a waiting room, a train station or – judging from the costumes – on a 1950s film set? Like earlier works by Cindy Van Acker, «Without References» has a strict formal and choreographic structure, each gesture and movement deployed with precision. Despite this formal strictness, however, the evening’s dramaturgy conveys something mysteriously latent and inscrutable. What, we ask ourselves, lurks within this room with its cool appearance?


Cindy Van Acker is a choreographer and dancer. After completing her classical dance training in Antwerp, she joined the Ballet Royal de Flandre before joining the Ballet du Grand Théâtre in Geneva in 1991. There, she founded Cie Greffe in 2002, which has been funded since 2009 by the City and Canton of Geneva and the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia through a cooperative support agreement. Her pieces are characterized by the combination of sober aesthetics, simple movements, painstaking compositions and electronic music. Taking an almost scientific approach, she examines the connections between body, spirit, sound and rhythm, creating pieces that blur the boundaries between dance, performance and visual arts. Since November 2017, Cindy Van Acker has been an associate artist at the Association pour la Danse Contemporaine (ADC) in Geneva and responsible for its artistic programme. In 2023 she won the renowned Swiss Grand Prix for the Performing Arts.


Other productions available for touring

Shadowpieces (2018–2020), Speechless Voices (2018), Sunfish (2023)


Concept Cindy Van Acker

Artistic collaboration Maud Blandel

Choreography Cindy Van Acker, in collaboration with the dancers

Performance Stéphanie Bayle, Matthieu Chayrigues, Louis Clément Da Costa, Aurélien Dougé, Sonia Garcia, Paul Girard, Yuta Ishikawa, Maya Masse, Anna Massoni, Daniela Zaghini, Lisa Laurent

Music Goat (jp)

Set design Romeo Castellucci, assisted by Victor Roy

Lights Victor Roy & Cindy Van Acker

Costumes Marie Artamonoff, assisted by Suzanne Fischer & Ingrid Moberg

Set construction Ateliers de la Comédie de Genève

Technical direction and sound Fanny Gaudin

Administration Sonia Perego

Production and diffusion Pauline Coppée

Supported by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès im Rahmen vom New Settings Program

Coproduction Comédie de Genève, MC93 — Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, December Dance (Concertgebouw & Cultuurcentrum Brugge), ICI — centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées Méditerranée / Direction Christian Rizzo, CCN de Caen en Normandie, direction Alban Richard

Supported by With the support of : Theater Freiburg
La Compagnie Greffe benefits from a joint funding agreement for the period 2009-2023 from the Ville de Genève, the Canton de Genève and Pro Helvetia.

Website www.ciegreffe.org


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1.3.2024, 11:30—14:15
Kino Xenix