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Interview with Foofwa d’Imobilité by Katja Vaghi

Interview with Foofwa d’Imobilité by Katja Vaghi


The Swiss “neo-post” dance performer, choreographer and dance pedagogue FOOFWA D’IMOBILITÉ is interviewed by dance scholar KATJA VAGHI about his creative process, the role of dance history, and irony in his work. Beginning from his early (mediated and embodied) memories of dance coming from a family of dancers, and his training as a ballet dancer, he shares his pivotal experience with the Merce Cunningham dance company and his subsequent work as an independent artist since 1998. His work with his own company Neopost Foofwa occupies a pivotal position between tradition and innovation in the choreographic field. The company was founded “around the intuition that there are beautiful new things (Neo-) to be created after and with the past (-post)”. The knowledge of different dance languages grants him the ironical and critical detachment towards dance, introducing postmodern twists and reflections in his work. Foofwa is also one of Switzerland’s most technically accomplished dancers.


[00:02:14] What is your first personal memory linked to dance that informed your choreographic poetics?
[00:09:01] When did you start defining yourself as a choreographer?
[00:14:55] What kind of knowledge do you hold in your body? Would you like to let go of something?
[00:26:30] How does dance history fit into your work? What is the role of irony in relation to tradition and memory?
[00:34:30] Do you differentiate dance history from the memory of dance?
[00:43:45] What is the relation between bodies, history, memory and identities?
[00:51:05] During your practice of dance transmission, how do you relate to the memory of your training experience?
[00:56:11] What is your relationship with memory conservation: Have you organised an archive of your creative process?
[01:02:01] How does the presence of the spectator fit into your creative process?
[01:12:46] How do you imagine the possible continuation of the memory of your work?


Foofwa d’Imobilité (Interviewee)
Vaghi, Katja (Interviewer)


September 7, 2021


video/quicktime (906.47 MB PT1H16M22S)


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