Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d´Uterpan)

Topologie / part of Close Encounters Vol. 2

Topologie – an installation and performative processes in public spaces
by Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d´Uterpan) (FR)

In Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, the Topologie graph is exhibited, and the location where the project takes place is displayed at a map.

Along with the graph there is a sound system that plays the soundtrack that accompanies the construction and execution of the «choreography». The audio piece is played over The Lake Radio ( during the project.

For several days the performers leave their home and go out into the public space, following an individual itinerary determined by the graph.

Each time they go out, they enter progressively into the organization and increasingly fastidious replica of their simple acts: gestures and physical, social behavior, the speed of their movements, etc. The structure of the graph brings them together at certain specific places at precise times. Each trip out ends with the performers returning home.

When and where
The Topologie project is part of the festival Close Encounter Vol. 2 but extends beyond the actual Festival April 4th – 7th. Topologie takes place for 10 days in the period April 2nd – 11th.
After the festival in the period April 8th – 11th, the installation is moved down to Café Polykrom at Den Frie and can be followed there in the cafe’s opening hours.
In the same place there will be a closing talk with Topologie performers and choreographer Franck Apertet on April 11 at 5-7 pm. The talk will be in English, free entrance.

Meet Eat and Talk
April 5 there will be an artist talk with the choreographer Franck Apertet at 7 – 8 pm – more info about this event here.

About Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d´Uterpan)
They live and work in Paris. Under the generic title les gens d’Uterpan, they have developed creations focusing on experimentation.
Their action touches upon several points, by exploring, among other things, the limits of the human body and of representation. This process implies redefining the practice of dance and the function of the dancer. By appearing in different frameworks that reveal the action of the body, or by adapting to them, they provoke the conditions for a new reflection on the different methods of representation, production and interpretation of performance.
The interpretation of this physical presence also puts into question the positions of the spectator and the choreographer in these processes.
Initiated with innovative collaborations with cultural operators from different sectors, their action includes the economic aspect as part of the artistic project.
The fine arts sector accompanies this movement of opening up by sharing viewpoints and highlighting the answers provided to these issues.

Performers /
Assi Pakkanen, Anna Lea Ourø, Jonathan Bonnici, Birgitte Lundtoft, Kristoffer Kempker
Choreographer / Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)
Dramaturge / Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)
Music, Sound concept and realization / Nicolas Martz
Radiotranmission / The Lake Radio –
Premiere / Feb 24th – March 7th 2010 in Belfort, France

Creative residency at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté in Belfort (CCNFCB)
. Specific partner: Radio Amitié Belfort

Other credits / Topologie is a strategy of the re|action process

les gens d’Uterpan are supported by Ile-de-France Regional Cultural Affairs Office – Ministry of Culture and Communication: Support to the structuration 2017-2018.
Their activities are funded by the Île-de-France Region. They are represented by the gallery Salle Principale (Paris)

The project is part of the festival Close Encounters Vol. 2 – Dansehallernes festival, presented at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art.
Welcome to four days with international performative choreographic works and installations that invite the audience into a co-creation universe. The festival offers an opportunity to explore, be provoked and seduced. See the entire program here

Tickets for Close Encounters Vol. 2
You buy a festival ticket for a day in the period April 4-7, 2019 and the chosen day you can experience all the works, installations and talks going on – except for the children´s performance RUSTLE/KNITREN where you must buy a separate ticket. The performative processes in the public space you can follow without a ticket.

Notice there is limited access to the performances IN IT TOGETHER and feelings, half an hour before the performances begin you can reserve a “ticket”, first-come-first served!