Emilie Gallier (France, 1984) is choreographer, artist researcher, teacher and director of the PØST Cie.
Her work probes ways to expand boundaries. It shows recurring subjects of imagination, sensation and thought; and of relation between spectator and performer.
In 2012, she graduated from the Master in Choreography of ArtEZ (Arnhem). In this frame she initiated her research on choreographic writings, spectatorship, and the philosophical lens of Dorsality (considering the back, unseen, tactile). Before that, she studied pedagogy in Paris (RIDC), History of Arts at the University of Rennes, Laban-cinetography at the Conservatoire, and choreography at the PRCC directed by Myriam Gourfink.
Since her first piece (Ambiance, 2004), she adopted an expanded understanding of choreography. Her dance performances, installations, scores, books, lectures, and workshops have been presented in contexts such as the ICK choreographic arts center, Dansmakers, Generale Oost, Wintertuin literature festival, Scheltema, ArtEZ Dansacademie, Uferstudios, Paris 8, Sogn-of-Fjordane Theatre.
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The core of Emilie Gallier's work lies in her understanding of choreography as the writing of movement, and the relation to (a) spectator(s). Choreography can take place in multiple contexts that she is keen to investigate. Driven by an interest for protocols, she searches new sets of relation that may allow reversing patterns, turning expectations upside down. Her vision dances within her concerns that are spectatorship, limits of systems of thought, the movement of writing and writing movement, the movement of reading, reality, sensation, imaginary.
Her approach starts from encounters and detailed study of the research's context. To challenge her observations and expand boundaries, she uses scores, implication of spectators, collaboration. And she proceeds with incongruous juxtapositions (objects, words, drawing). She invents for each work a multi-layered language sculpting sensations. The composition then conditions a landscape playing with the moment, micro-movements, intimacy and continuity. Minimalist pieces emerge and invite for an active contemplation: to decipher, perceive, and receive.
PØST Cie based in the Netherlands aims to contributes to the development of choreography through practice-as-research, production and education.