Beginning with his description of encountering the practice of improvisation, having commissioned Steve Paxton to create a solo for him, Vincent Dunoyer discusses his work and his relationship to it. What is personal? To whom does the work belong, and what do I, the performer, the maker own?
Vincent Dunoyer began his professional career in 1989 as a dancer for Wim Vandekeybus, then joined Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s company Rosas from 1990 to 1996.
In 1997/98, he performed and toured internationally three solos for Vincent, choreographed for him by The Wooster Group, Steve Paxton and De Keersmaeker. Since 1998, he has worked as a free-lance dancer (for Rosas, Raimund Hoghe) and a choreographer, creating Vanity (1999), for which he received the Mouson Award from the Mousonturm Arts Center in Frankfurt, The Princess Project (2001), Solos for Others (2003), Cadavre Exquis (2005), created with 33 young dancers from the school PARTS, Sister (2007), a duo with Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker and Encore (2009), reconstruction of his repertoire as a dancer.
In 2010, his interest in visual arts took form in Performance of a Portrait, collaboration with painter Lucas Devriendt, which served as a canvas for Pairforming, exhibiting dances, videos and drawings in 2011. In 2012, Loan, a two-month performance, was created especially for visual artist Berlinde de Bruyckere’s exhibition The Wound in Istanbul.
His activities also include teaching and mentoring (a.pass, artistic research, Brussels; Inter-University Center for Dance, Berlin).
At the time of recording, he was working on a project entitled DVD (for Dunoyer Vincent Dancer), dealing with the representation of intimacy.
Adapted from bio published in 2013
Transcript available upon request