HOT BODIES – STAND UP is the title of a live performance for Gérald Kurdian, two electronic instruments, a sampler and a vocoder. Borrowing the vocabularies of electronic music concerts, stand-up comedy and documentary, its libretto tells in 7 chants and 2 danced interludes, his metamorphosis through the encounter of the sexual revolutions of the XXth and XXIst centuries. Elements of the performance are based on interviews Kurdian leads beside an ensemble of people practicing their sexuality and/or gender as a way to resist, augment or emancipate the very idea of self.
Hence, it could be imagined as a dive into the experiment of our desires, a moment to stress the importance of our physical and sexual forces in the inventions of our bodies, our storytelling and our future utopias.
Gérald Kurdian is a musician, performer and radio-artist, who studied visual arts at the École Nationale d’Arts de Paris-Cergy before entering the contemporary dance program Ex.e.r.ce 07 – CCNMLR under the direction of Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. His oblique concerts are joyful opportunities to invent synergies between live electronic music practices, performance art and documentary.
Concept & Performance Gerald Kurdian
Dramaturgy Valérie Castan
Artistic collaborators Sylvie Garot, Arantxa Martinez, Lola Rubio Aloyse Leledy
Production Sarah ParolinAdministration Décor de l’envers // Living en Mars
Coproduction École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges
Résidences : Casa Encendida & CA2M / Madrid ; La Bellone – Brussels ; Reikjavik Dance Festival ; Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS
With the support of Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication et d’Arcadi Île-de-France.