Juggling and dancing | Interview with Thomas Guerineau

How can juggling be a place to begin of dance composition? For French choreographer Thomas Guérineau, it is a technique to take into account the connection between the physique and objects, gestures and actions. His ongoing analysis has culminated in some acclaimed performances, together with Maputo–Mozambique, winner of the Public Alternative Award 2018 at The Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMawards). 

We spoke with Thomas in regards to the significance of listening to the viewers, his method to motion, juggling and music, and his upcoming initiatives through the Paris Olympic Video games 2024.

DAJ: You began juggling on the age of 15, how did you uncover this ardour? 
TG: I found juggling in London when some jugglers launched me to it at a celebration.

DAJ: Your coaching consists of clarinet, ballet and circus. How did these experiences contribute to discovering your inventive id? 
TG: I first labored on juggling, then physique expression and dance and music. It appears to me that at a sure level, originally of my coaching, I dreamed of assembling these three issues into one gesture. Nevertheless it’s by pushing in entrance of my toes the sensation that I’ve of juggling, dancing and making music that my work is constructed.

DAJ: Gesture performs an necessary position in your artistic course of, is that proper?
TG: Thought, sound, the motion of an object, a physique gesture, all of this stays motion for me. What’s necessary to me right here is that the feeling of the physique that produces these actions is sufficiently intense. 

DAJ: Your work is accessible to all ages. How do intergenerational encounters encourage you?
TG: I’ve discovered that kids and particularly infants are delicate to my work. I discover contact with younger audiences attention-grabbing as a result of they obtain sure components of my work very otherwise from adults. This different notion permits me to contemplate my work otherwise.

DAJ: You may have a everlasting program of workshops targeted on the connection of our bodies with objects. Are you able to inform us extra about this?
TG: I’m within the second when, within the manipulation of an object by a physique, the feeling of the latter now not dissociates its physique from the thing that’s being manipulated. I take into account the thing to be each exterior and intrinsic to a physique. 

DAJ: How do you method the connection between dance and the juggling? 
TG: In juggling, there are alternative ways for artists to contemplate the connection of the physique with the objects they use. In my work, the motion of the physique is usually labored on from the character of the gesture to throw and catch an object. Then I observe this gesture, I play with its totally different amplitudes and I search for a robust want to supply these gestures to make use of them within the composition of the piece.

DAJ: What are you engaged on in the intervening time? 
I’m at present engaged on a creation with Malian artists and basketball gamers during which I’m creating a musical juggling with basketballs. This creation shall be launched within the spring of 2024, in reference to the 2024 Olympic Video games deliberate in Paris. 

DAJ: The place can we see you early subsequent yr? 
TG: I shall be performing my present Petite Rêverie on the Confiserie in Wimille, within the north of France, on 10, 12, 13 January 2023 after which on tour from 21 March to 21 April 2023 in France, Belgium and Iceland with my present Maputo-Mozambique.

Header picture by Pascal Bouclier.