Emilie Gallier

I am a choreographer researcher. Working from people’s implicatedness with each other’s secret worlds, the worlds of dreams and of imagination, is the heart of my choreographer’s practice. For over a decade I have been in search for invisible movements by using the writing and the reading of movement as tools. I wrote scores for the audience to read and I experimented with the sharing of individual expertise in the real time of performance (Twists in the Body of the Big Spectator, 2013-15). I designed a book as a performance and I observed the place of expectation in people’s reading (sync, 2012).
Today, my choreographic practice focuses on designing landscapes that include all agents of the performance. Audience members, performers and objects evolve in these choreographic landscapes, they contemplate, and they read (often in the literal sense). I use dance in its written and performed forms as my main medium that then expand into collaborative fields, for instance: graphic design and magic. This practice translates into performance works, scores, choreographic books, hybrid articles, lecture performances, and research papers.

Emilie Gallier is a choreographer researcher based in the Netherlands. She holds a PhD from the Centre for Dance Research (Coventry University), with the support of the THIRD research group at DAS Graduate School (Amsterdam), in which she developed the idea and practice of reading (documents/documentation) in and as performance ( Reading in Performance, Lire en Spectacle – the solitude of reading merged with the collective nature of an audience).

Emilie works through dance and choreographic practices in multi-modal and multi-disciplinary settings. She develops performances, publications, edible documents, visceral practices, dances, dreams, conversations, and peer exchange within spaces of the stage, the page, telephone, and studios. Her interests are at the intersection of experimental performing art practices, poetic documentation, the act of reading as gesture of participation (through withdrawal and absence), imbricated imaginations, entangled ecosystems, living soils. Her continuous engagement with artistic research as a ‘bookworm’ who nibbles scores and other documents, as a researcher, practitioner, collaborator, peer, tutor, and implicated spectator, shapes her immanent attention and experience with formats of writing and publishing. Informed by dance, she moves with the unwritten, which thrives in the written, and she attends to what practices do.

Emilie is a tutor at DAS Graduate School, guest teacher at art schools and universities in the Netherlands (ArtEZ, Fontys, Leiden University). She also publishes in peer-reviewed journals (Performance Research), and co-edits dance books (ongoing with De Nieuwdansbibliotheek).