Despite an edition marked by the pandemic and the closure before midnight of large numbers of museums, institutions and associated sites, SUZANNE has succeeded in showing to the parisian audience an unprecedented creation combining monumental installation, live video projection, minimalist movements and polyphonic singing. “CANON“, presented in la Cour d’Honneur of the Musée des Archives Nationales during the Nuit Blanche, attracted the attention of the magazine “Toute La Culture” and came out in the heart of Eliaz Ait Seddick.
On the occasion of the 13th edition of festival JERK OFF at Point Ephémère, Samuel Belfond and Anne-Charlotte Michaut from MANIFESTO.XXI came to meet SUZANNE on September 10th at the end of “MERCURES‘s” dress rehearsal. They exchanged around the notion of “error” in choreographic creation and how it interferes as a common thread in the development of a new language that SUZANNE tries to introduce to a triptych which includes “STATU” (2018), “MERCURES” (2019) and “CANON” (2020).
It is in the midst of an absolutely new context (the Covid19 pandemic) that SUZANNE has been immensely lucky to receive the invitation from Bruno Peguy (the artistic director from the JERK OFF festival) to present “MERCURES” during the last edition of JERK OFF festival at Le Point Éphémère in Paris. Two performances during the same evening of Friday 11th September at 7p.m and 9.30pm. Thomas Adam-Garnung, editor in chief of Ballroom Online magazine, was in the audience to watch the show first and then meet SUZANNE.
It’s in her relationship to mistake and chance that the staging video of her performance “STATU” responded to the theme “RESET” and as a result SUZANNE is part of the very latest edition of Art Souterrain festival. Presented continuously throughout the festival, the video triggers many reactions. Charlotte Dibon from Esse arts + opinions magazine has given SUZANNE its first paper in the Canadian press specializing in contemporary art and multidisciplinary practices since 1984 !
Neringa Bumbliene, curator, working especially for the CAC Vilnius, returns in words and images on the 10th edition of Art Vilnius. To celebrate the decade of this contemporary art fair, Aurélie Faure, curator, benefits from an invitation and program the exhibition ‘Focus France” where we find SUZANNE presenting for the first time, out of France and the parisian artistic scene her two creations “STATU” and “MERCURES“.
“@artvilnius is the biggest art fair in the Northeast Europe, taking place in the capital of Lithuania. It was established in 2009 as part of the Vilnius European capital of culture and is taking place since then. 30 May-2 June this year the fair was celebrating its tenth-year-anniversary with a #FocusFrance programme. Curated by Aurélie Faure (@katarinastella), it brought 11 French galleries, with rare exceptions mostly Parisian ones, presented the French group exhibition On the Edge, and a few performances by French artists and artists collectives, such as a group titled by a female name SUZANNE, scheduled at different times and locations throughout the duration of the fair.”
Text by Neringa Bumblienė for Elaine Alain
Dragos Olea, active member of the APPARATUS 22 collective beside Erika Oléa and Maria Farcas, goes to the Topographie de l’Ar arts pace in Paris on March 15th 2019. During his short visit, he meets the founders of SUZANNE for the first time while they rehearse their new creation “MERCURES“, programmed in the collective exhibition “MAPPING AT LAST”. This is the occasion for Dragos to share his first impressions about SUZANNE in a short text published on @elainealain instagram.
“When we arrived to the backside of the large Espace Topographie de l’Art in Marais, the 5 members of @groupesuzanne were rehearsing for a performance.
There was palpable sense of electricity in the room.
Quite electric was also our short dialogue. Everything is fresh and ever-changing for the young collective initiated in October 2017, but one could feel the determination of a clairvoyant; Inspired by the small gestures that accompany us every day they are IN to test some raw ideas about the body in an approach cross-pollinated by the various cultural, educational, professional background of the members. Maybe not evident yet in the work, they are also testing ways of collaboration in a fluid large group and modes of surpassing the practical difficulties of collective work in an art system geared towards the individual.
Look them up”
Text from Dragos Olea for Elaine Alain
On March 15th 2019, SUZANNE presented for the first time her new performance MERCURES for the launching of the art catalog “MAPPING AT LAST – The Plausible Island” at Topographie de l’Art in Paris.
Invited by Léo Marin, curator, SUZANNE is for the very first time part of a collective exhibition alongside many visual artists. The curator’s wish was to show living forms of art through dance inside a contemporary art exhibition and space.
Presented as a 20min work-in-progress performance, the new creation “MERCURES” is a promise SUZANNE gives to herself as a tool to develop and experiment new frames and scales.
On the occasion of the release of his new single “Cowards“, French electro pop singer TAUR has called on SUZANNE to stage and embody what he himself calls “relational paralysis”. The video clip with the “queer embraces” is noticed by the magazine TÊTU which devotes an article to it !
For the 17th edition of Nuit Blanche Paris curated by Gaël Charbau; Romain Salomon, Web&Print director of the newspaper A Nous Paris, interviews SUZANNE about “STATU” the performance part of the event at La Cité Internationale des Arts. This unmissable place and long time partner of Nuit Blanche is part of the Constellation program and assures SUZANNE an important visibility for her first participation in Nuit Blanche Paris.