Tschägg (to be pronounced Tchac) stages a quest for one's 'interior wilderness' through dance. In dialogue with the tradition of Tschäggättä, in the swiss mountains, at the heart of Europe, Lucie Eidenbenz, Cosima Grand and Hélène Rocheteau re-invent their own exoticism : an exoticism from the inside, where the relationships with the "strange" or "stranger" are reversed, interchanged. The "wildering dance" reveals itself no longer as an anthropological study, but rather like a contemporary practice emerging from a necessity. Do we need to hide, become monstrous to feel ourselves in a policed society? Who's the foreigner? The one behind which we hide, the one we reject, or the one that we are, first of all, to ourselves? Through the traditions of Oberwallis, Africa, Bulgaria, or certain contemporary clothing fashions, we can witness the signs of a performance of identity, of an inversion of values - and profound contradictions.
After a Bachelor in Arts, Lucie Eidenbenz joins the cursus Exerce, a choreographic course directed by Mathilde Monnier in CCN Montpellier. Since then she has been working with diferent artists such as Marco Berrettini, Laura Kalauz, Mathilde Monnier, Diana Rojas, Maya Boesch, Luna Paese, Superamas, Yan Duyvendak and Olivier Dubois. In 2009 she takes part in the seminar Transforme directed by Myriam Gourink (FR). Lucie's works Traum Project (2010), Animals are like water in water (2011) ,Te Boiling Point (2011), Last Plays (2014)tour in Switzerland and in Europe in diferent contexts, such as Téâtre de l’Usine, Festival Archipel (CH), Xplore Dance Festival Bucharest, Festival Il faut brûler pour briller (FR), Festival Insoliti (IT), Festival la Becquée (FR), Festival, Amplitudes (CH), La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), Tanzhaus Zu rich, Tanzfaktor Interregio (CH), Festival de la Cité (CH), Dock11 Berlin (DE), etc. She's part of the artist network Sweet&Tender Collaborations, for which she curates the 2012 creation and exchange platform in Dampfzentrale à Berne. In 2015 she joins the programm of Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP) at Sciences Po Paris, directed by Bruno Latour and created "Hospitalités". In 2016 she participated in the "Art & Dissent, Negociating Space" seminar at the ZHDK, Zürich.
Source: Lucie Eidenbenz 's website
Artistic direction / Conception : Lucie Eidenbenz
Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Cosima Grand, Luce Goutelle et les habitants du Lötschental
Choreography : Lucie Eidenbenz
Interpretation : Cosima Grand, Hélène Rocheteau, Lucie Eidenbenz
Lights : Laurent Schaer
Sound : Manuel Oberholzer, Gaspard Guilbert, Raphaël Raccuia
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Anna Ladeira (Administration /chargée de difusion), Production Oh!Festival Valais, Soutiens du Canton du Valais, de Pro Helvetia et Corodis
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Lucie Eidenbenz