You are a Dancer

by Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan)

Foto Couresy: les gens d'Uterpan

For some months now, listeners to FREIRAD – Freies Radio Innsbruck have been able to hear unusual interpretations of customary radio formats such as jingles, hits or radio courses. These vocal formats “smuggled” into the normal radio programme and broadcast with no prior announcement are part of the work You are a Dancer by French choreographers Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan), who use the radio waves – as other artists do physical space – as an exhibition space. This “exhibition”, which reaches into the listeners’ private sphere, is being curated by Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen.

Through the medium of radio les gens d’Uterpan involve the listeners in choreographic (rehearsal) work with the help of instructions, demands, explanatory systems, and rhythmicized scores. In this way they raise questions about the construction of choreographic authority and power over the bodies of potential performers, while simultaneously thematizing the inherent power of audiovisual mass media and their imperative usage.

As from 5th December, to conclude the project, the “News” will be broadcast on Freirad for five days. In the run-up to these broadcasts, a project presentation with subsequent discussion will take place in Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen at 7 pm on 1st December. Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) will present the project and talk with Iris Julian (art theorist and choreographer) and Andrei Siclodi (curator) about the contexts and special features of choreographic work in the radio medium, but also about aspects of realizing an “exhibition” in radio format.

The artists and Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen would like to thank Freirad – Freies Radio Innsbruck for its outstanding cooperation on this project!


The work of Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) questions the norms and conventions that govern exhibitions and the performing arts. Relying on the mechanisms of adjustment of the individual, the body and creation to these contexts, the artists create a critical work based on the two choreographers’ initial practice.

Methodically, their reflection takes place through the displacement and recontextualization of the processes of action and demonstration that belong to the field of fine and performing arts. In their work they study the parameters of artistic approach, communication and archiving, as well as the economic dimension and institutional situation of its production. They process each step constituting the practice of an artist and so highlight the responsibility of visitors, sponsors and institutions in their work.

Iris Julian works at the interface of fine art, choreography and cultural science: after completing her studies in art history (2005) she was assistant dramaturge and assistant of the artistic director at Tanzquartier in Vienna, received grants from ImPulsTanz (Vienna), and participated in the training program for choreographers at Tanzquartier Vienna. Her current dissertation project at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna investigates innovative forms of cooperation in the field of choreography.
Parallel to her theoretical studies, in her artistic practice Iris Julian has worked with choreographers incl.: Daniel Aschwanden, Philipp Gehmacher, Mariella Greil, Janez Janša, Xavier Le Roy and Philippe Rièra (Superamas).

Andrei Siclodi is director of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen and curator of the project You are a Dancer by Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) at Freirad – Freies Radio Innsbruck.


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