January 2015. In a France bereaved by the attacks, Nadia Vadori-Gauthier decides to go out on the street and dance. Dance a minute every day, wherever it is, to impose its “sensitive presence” on the world, in response to barbarism.
Since January 14, 2015, the artist has not missed a single appointment and has posted a minute of dance daily on the Internet. Alone, with guests or in the middle of an event, in silence or with music, in the most varied places – from the Ice Palace of the Throne Fair to the Cantal mountains, via metros, RER, hospitals and museums -, day or night, in the rain or in the sun, Nadia Vadori-Gauthier improvises with a simple and deep movement, universal and accessible.
A project, of the order of performance, which she claims as a poetic action. ” Two sentences guide me, she explains. The Chinese proverb which says “drop by drop, the water ends up crossing the stone” and the quotation from Nietzsche “And one estimates lost any day when one will not have danced at least once”. For five and a half years, my minute of dance has been marking a white stone every day. »
A need for sharing
During the confinement, the performer continued to publish her videos, one minute a day, without deviating from the rule that she set for herself – in fixed shot and without montage – from her house in Gentilly, in the Paris suburbs: from bathroom in the garden up to the limits imposed by the statutory kilometer in the streets of its district. During this period, she also calls anonymous people to send her their own pictures.
She then discovers in the population an incredible desire to dance. ” The response was immediate, I spent up to 6 hours a day archiving dozens of videos, she says. I think that these images constitute an exceptional memory of the new situation that we have just lived, all these dances express the moods, the moods which crossed very diverse people – caregivers, workers, fans of Christophe in homage to the missing singer – and above all, a need for sharing, relationships… »
2,000 participants for the 2,000th
Nadia is preparing to celebrate her 2,000 todaye minute of dance. ” I couldn’t see myself doing it alone, she says. As large gatherings are no longer possible, I invite the volunteers to join me via the Zoom application, to dance together for a minute. My dream: to bring 2,000 people together for my 2,000e ! And, virtually, fill the great hall of the Chaillot National Theater where it will stand, alone, with the 1,800 empty seats in the background.
After this event, Nadia will continue to post on her website her daily dance minute. ” It’s a real commitment, she assures. Making the video of a minute of dance every day technically takes much more than a minute, but I do it day by day. The artist does not yet know how long she will continue this singular epic. One thing is certain: the world, in its march, will always need to dance.