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Beauty Contest - Human Beauty and its Social Construction

Par François Chaignaud, Jon-Jon Goulian, Silke Grabinger, Gressett Salette, Gia Kourlas
Publié par Clifford Armion le 20/01/2012
Visual arts, fashion and media have strongly contributed to the transformation of the notion of beauty over the last few generations. Widely perceived of as an extension of femininity until the late 20th century, feminism and the gay, lesbian and queer movements have eroded clear definitions of who and what is beautiful - and who and what is not. French historian, dancer and choreographer François Chaignaud, American author of The Man in the Grey Flannel Skirt Jon-Jon Goulian, Austrian dancer and choreographer Silke Grabinger, and Salette Gressett, curatorial advisor for the exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum, will discuss how emancipatory artistic reflection and practice has fought to reveal the hidden structures of repression toward gender, race, and age and shake off antiquated visual preconceptions.

Discussion

With: François Chaignaud, Jon-Jon Goulian, Silke Grabinger, Gressett Salette
Hosted by: Gia Kourlas
Co-presented with the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Performance

With: François Chaignaud, Silke Grabinger

Wednesday, October 19th | 6:30pm | 120 min | Performance / discussion | The Austrian Cultural Forum

François Chaignaud, né à Rennes, est diplômé du Conservatoire National de Région de Rennes en danse classique et contemporaine et du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Il est interprète auprès de Boris Charmatz, Alain Buffard, Gilles Jobin, Tiago Guedes, Emmanuelle Huynh, Aydin teker, Mille plateaux Associés et Alice Chauchat.

Depuis 2004, il présente des performances et des concerts, notamment He's one that goes to sea for nothing but to make him sick (2005), Aussi bien que ton coeur ouvre-moi tes genoux (2008), Duchesses (2009). En 2005, il entame une collaboration avec Cecilia Bengolea. Ensemble, ils créent Pâquerette (2008) et Sylphides (2009) et obtiennent le Prix de la Révélation Chorégraphique du Syndicat de la Critique en 2009. Ils préparent ensemble Castor & Pollux (2010) ainsi qu'un récital de danse libre. En 2011, François Chaignaud et Cecilia Bengolea créent (M)IMOSA avec Marlene Monteira Freitas et Trajal Harrell.

Par ailleurs historien, il publie en 2009 L'Affaire Berger-Levrault - le féminisme à l'épreuve (1897-1905) aux Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

Jon-Jon Goulian was born in 1968 and grew up in La Jolla, California. After attending Columbia College and NYU Law School, he worked as a law clerk for a federal judge in North Carolina, and then as an assistant to Robert Silvers of The New York Review of Books. He now lives in South Wardsboro, Vermont, where he spends most of his time gardening. The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt is his first book.

Silke Grabinger was born in Upperaustria, lives in Linz and Vienna. Her multimedia art works were exhibited in the United States, Canada and Europe and awarded with several prizes. She got in touch with breakdance in 1997. Projects with Pottporus and international touring followed. 2006 - 2008 she performed in the Cirque du Soleil / The Beatles Show LOVE in Las Vegas, Solo and as an aerial artist and worked with the choreographers Dave St.Pierre, Margie Gillis and Daniel Ezralow. In 2008, she created her first Solo performance entitled [SLIK], in cooperation with Pilottanzt. [SLIK] was the winner of the award of Linz09 - culture capital city of Europe 2009 and Posthof and was successfully touring Europe and Africa. In 2009, Silke Grabinger was granted the scholarship for music and performing arts, and received the Austrian design state award for a group exhibition with space & designstrategies. She created the character ANIMA in "playGuldaplay" of the honor of Friedrich Gulda, with Paul Gulda, Martha Agerich and others in the Wiener Konzerthaus. Her current Touring production is "Versuchsperson Silke Grabinger".

 

Pour citer cette ressource :

François Chaignaud, Jon-Jon Goulian, Silke Grabinger, Gressett Salette, Gia Kourlas, "Beauty Contest - Human Beauty and its Social Construction", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2012. Consulté le 19/09/2018. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/arts/beauty-contest-human-beauty-and-its-social-construction

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