ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The Floor is proud to launch its inaugural season of Artists in Residence.
Furthering its philosophy to provide alternative forms of care, The Floor offers free space and in-kind support to movement-based artists in the process of developing work.
This winter, The Floor is welcoming two internationally renowned contemporary choreographers: Maria Hassabi and Ruth Childs. Their respective biographies and project descriptions follow.
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Maria Hassabi is an artist and choreographer. Her performances and installations are presented worldwide in theaters, museums, galleries, and public spaces including Centre Pompidou (Paris); K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf); documeta14 (Kassel); Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); Museum of Modern Art (New York); Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); The 55th
Venice Biennale (Venice); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels); ArtSonje (Seoul); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne); Performa(New York); The Kitchen (New York); Performance Space 122 (New York), amongst others. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts.
British-American dancer and performer Ruth Childs was born in 1984 in London. She grew up in the United States where she studied dance (classical and contemporary) and music (violin.) In 2003 she moved to Geneva to finish her dance training with the Ballet Junior de Genève. Since 2015, she is also working on a re-creation and revival project of the early works of her the aunt the American choreographer Lucinda Childs.
In 2014 she founded her company SCARLETT’S in order to develop her own work through dance, performance, film and music and collaborates with Stéphane Vecchione on musical project “SCARLETT’S FALL.”
In 2016 the state of Geneva awarded her a scholarship and research residency in Berlin of 6 months to develop her own work. . Her first stage piece in collaboration with Stéphane Vecchione, The Goldfish and the Inner Tube, premiered in April 2018. She will premiere fantasia, her first solo at the ADC, Geneva in October 2019 and then in Lausanne and Paris in November 2019. Ruth will be at The Floor from mid February through the end of March developing fantasia.
My first creation The Goldfish and the Inner Tube, in collaboration with Stéphane Vecchione, was an explosive exploration including sound, materials and bodies. For fantasia, I will focus the field of research on the body and its musicality. Lately, during my choreographic research, I started noticing how familiar tunes make me do spontaneous and surprising things: my body
finds postures dynamics, and movements without making a conscious effort. Something about finding the unknown through the known has captivated me.
During my research, I have turned to the works of the artist-performer Hannah Wilke who stages her own body in her film Gestures (1974) or her photos Starification Object Series (1974.) She treats her skin and face as clay, or covers her body with chewing gum to form a sculptural object. She combines a complete absence of subjectivity and a precise and intense utilization of the body. This physicality particularly interests me, in her choice of vulnerable and humorous materials: chewing gum, modeling clay, skin.
Fantasia is a musical composition with a free form and often improvisatory style, a musical composition based on several familiar tunes, something composed of a mixture of different forms or styles, a 1940s Disney Classic, an Arabian horse show… It’s also the name I give to this dance.