Emilie Gallier

A miniseries of remote
analogue performances

24/9/20 to 5/11/20

A pocket-book, a postcard, a pen, a paper, phones, numbers, a stopwatch, another postcard, paper pellets, a pond, a calculator, phones, a mixer.

‘Dial-a-Spectacle’ is a limited edition of offline performances presented over seven weeks. It starts through postal mails and continues over the phone on some Thursdays (8, 22, 29 Oct. and 5 Nov.) at 8pm (UTC+1, UK time) or 9pm (UTC+2, NL time) for a routine that involves reading with tactile eyes, listening in on surfacing images, and listening out for margins.

In the spring of 2020, the artists of the performance ‘Papier multiforme, Papier comestible’ – Nina Boas, Emilie Gallier, Camille Gerbeau and Katinka Marac – began a routine of telephone calls during which they read out loud together the notation of their piece. This reading was like a dreaming, invoking guests and ghosts. New images surfaced. This practice became public in June 2020, with the title Papier telephone, and was presented within a programme of home performance by iii (instruments inventors’ initiative, The Hague).

From reading to speaking over the phone, ‘Dial-a-Spectacle’ generates attention to different forms of remote or long distance spectatorship. It starts with the pocket book ‘Papier incomestible’, which is a reading performance, situated in the intimate space of the reader. ‘Papier telephone’ then takes the act of reading to the listening space of the telephone. Bouncing from these two events, like ricochets of the book and the phone performance, three new works are specially produced for ‘Dial-a-Spectacle’. Critically acclaimed magician Vincent Gambini (aka Augusto Corrieri) performs magic for the phone. Poet and composer Margarida Guia plays her poetic sound journey composing live with recordings she collected for the past two years around Emilie Gallier and her collaborators. Writer, dramaturge, radio maker and mixer, Fransien van der Putt gives us to listen in on many telephone lines and many conversations at once.

Sign up before 22 September by sending your postal address to dialaspectacle@gmail.com. After subscription, you will receive a series of invitations that you are then free to accept or to decline. The duration of the phone performances is from 5 to 25 minutes. The last phone performance will be longer and you can stay for as long as you wish.

‘Dial-a-Spectacle’ is a project of PØST Cie Emilie Gallier with De Nieuwe Dans Bibliotheek, and the Centre for Dance Research C-DaRE (Coventry University). It is supported by the grant ‘North Sea Neighbours’ by the Embassy of the Netherlands in the UK
Graphic design of envelope and postcards by Connie Nijman

Doodles sent by spectators of 'Papier telephone', June 2020

8/10/20 8pm UTC+1 Papier telephone, Emilie Gallier, Nina Boas, Camille Gerbeau, Katinka Marac
22/10/20 8pm UTC+1 Ricochet #1, Vincent Gambini
29/10/20 8pm UTC+1 Ricochet #2, Margarida Guia
5/11/20 8pm UTC+1 Ricochet #3, Fransien van der Putt