The Bise Noire – Mileva Testas, Ludovic Vial, Nicolas Steulet, Lucas Herzig
Open presentation: 14 September 2023
from 6 p.m. visit of the sailboat Bise Noire
(Kon/nou Zervaki 5, Ermoupoli)
7:30 p.m. group walk to the Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre
(Ir. Politechniou 84, Ermoupoli)
8 p.m. performance installation and aperitif at the Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre.
The Bise Noire association
The Bise Noire association, based in Switzerland, was founded in 2019 by Nourya White Khaldi, Laurine Landry & Lucas Verheij.
Since then, it has been inviting artists to share its journey along the Mediterranean coast aboard the sailboat Bise Noire. Artists are welcomed for three weeks for research and creative residencies under the aegis of the Escales! project. Escales is the name of the residency project dreamed up by the Bise Noire association. The idea is to bring on board artists who wish to draw inspiration for their work from encounters and the sea.
This year, in collaboration with the Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre, the Bise Noire association is proud to present the work of the artists in residency. These four artists have been in Athens and the Cyclades for three weeks, aboard the sailing ship Bise Noire and at the Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre.
Mileva Testas is an artist and designer who graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and has been based in Mallorca for the past six years. Her work focuses on artisanal and experimental design, using different materials such as silver, glass and ceramics. Her creations are strongly inspired by the Mediterranean landscape and the organic and mineral forms it offers.
Mileva Testa will present a series of objects and experiments resulting from the research carried out during her residency: objects to be seen or worn, woven from palma leaf, esparto or materials found along the way.
Ludovic Vial studied visual arts at HEAD – Geneva, then at La Manufacture – Lausanne. In his practice, he explores the intersections between what doesn’t seem to be self-evident, navigating between different practices, from performance to movement writing, text and music. He is interested in different constructions drawn from popular culture, the collective unconscious, intimate narratives and gender studies, which he assembles and rearranges to create new subjectivities.
The research presented at the Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre will start from the figure of the mermaid (between Greek literary roots and the Danish fairy tale by Hans C. Andersen) through an exploration of sound, music and choreography. As much a myth as a literal image projected by navigation on Bise noire, this research will seek to take account of the chimera’s troubled identity, and of a form of corporal and vocal transposition.
Nicolas Steulet is training as a stage director at La Manufacture, Lausanne. He has taught theater workshops for children and teenagers for several years, and enjoys creating shows in which particular attention is paid to light and shadows.
Between two sunburns, during the residency, he would like to write about the gaps in his childhood memory. To fill in these gaps or explore them further. Nicolas Steulet would like to give a reading of some of his texts at the Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre.
Lucas Herzig was born in Zurich in 1988 and grew up in Pura, Italian-speaking Switzerland. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Haute École d’Art et Design de Genève (HEAD) in 2011 and a Master’s degree from the Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB) in 2015.
In his work, he critically addresses issues such as the adaptation of hybrid identities and the creation of new founding myths. He often goes back in time to draw conclusions about the present.
Lucas Herzig intends to create on board a series of small sculptures inspired by the Neolithic sculptural art of the Cyclades. The objects to be shown at the Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre are the result of the artist’s research and collect.