"Between the Dog and the Wolf", Arbonauts, Shoreditch Town Hall (2017)
Selected at London International Mime Festival 2018
dancer & performance maker
I'm an East-London emerging performance maker alongside an utter joy to work as a performer, discovering and experiencing other creative universes.
Rooted in a previous background in psychology, my original impulses are forged in life experiences supported by the academic reference field. They are inspired by a long-term interest in the complexity and paradoxes of our beings, anointing vulnerabilities as openings to the untamed, complicated messiness of being fully human. All this makes indeed the beauty of who we truly are.
Art is under my eyes a powerful key to develop acceptance towards ourselves, therefore towards others. I believe in its potential to instil more peace between us. This is big idea, well..... I love big ideas!
In 2016 I joined the one year residency programme at Space@Clarence Mews, which provides independent artists and companies with stimulating environment for the research, development and creation of their new work.
Born in Switzerland I moved to London in 2011 to train at Laban Dance School and Lecoq-based London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). Since then contemporary dance and physical theater have been going hand in hand allowing me to perform in diversified artistic works as well as devising my own work, which is indeed the first reason why I decided to move to London.
By generating a whole process of identity transformation, the birth of my son in 2017 has an important impact on my artistic practice. It has been a rebirth as well, completing what needed to be closed in order to make space for this new life chapter. I dance differently, exploring an embodied uniqueness first as a person, then as a dancer. This experience also led me to found Mama Zen in 2019, http://www.mamazen.org, a complete antenatal course combining my different backgrounds. It is designed to empower women to connect with their inner strength and instincts, as well as with the trust in their body's innate ability to give birth naturally.
Please feel free to get in touch to say hello or whatever you would like to share & talk about !
"Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for
the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one."
- Marianne Williamson, American author, lecturer and activist -
- Wanderlust -
Late Bloom Festival, The Space Theater
'Wanderlust' is a playful and textured tale that looks at duality. It is dedicated to the child within us who trusts its joy as it perceives the world with hope, enthusiasm and wonder.
Audience members said :
" You took us like a breeze, like a whisper in a fainted dream of something that we know we have lost"
" Daring, comic, exciting and unexpected!
" Beautiful uplifting performance, you made me feel I wanted to join in the end"
" Outrageous - Brave - A captivating performance, such a furious one! It challenged the audience, at times I felt voyeuristic"
"Full of fun and quirky moments ! "
"At times it made me empathetic and other times laugh"
Sharing in February 2017 during a residency at Clarence Mews studios, London
'Unscripted' is a dance-theater piece depicting the chaotic yet empowering process of personal growth, as one has to let go of its former identity to embrace a new life chapter. An explorer wanders in search of a new land, clinging to his plans, pads, advices and props. After having lost them one by one due to unforeseen circumstances he has no other choice to trust his guts and faith to carry on the journey.
** Feed-backs from an invited audience composed by fellow artists and dancers
as well as people from a non-artistic background :
"It was a very moving and genuine piece of work. Overall I see a great potential
for further development, and it can become a whole piece, well done!"
"It's a tale - she's so intriguing, it's happening in a reality that is slightly altered,
slightly different from this reality. It's the character of a book"
"It's all stayed with me. I could watch it for one hour"
"The movement score was astonishing as you looked like a roll !"
"Wonderful fluid movement - I was so captivated from the beginning"
- T.E.E.M -
Piece for 10 dancers created during a diploma in contemporary dance at LABAN Dance School
"The world is like a magnet pulling us outward into all manner of distractions » (E. Shapiro). In response to that thought, the topic to be addressed in this piece is an exploration of being present to one another, to another one, to other ones and to oneself. In space and time. Here and now.
As an echo to life and its choices, the piece is arising from the dancers’ choices to meet, or not. Consequently, the spectator is a witness of this unique moment.
- A Place in Between -
Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch
On the occasion of the private view for the exhibition "A Place in Between", where some of my drawings were exhibited, Espacio Gallery invited me to create a performance.
I chose to work on the need of security, of filling the empty spaces in ourselves in order not to feel the gaps, questions, fears, doubts....
In 2013 I joined the London-based multi-disciplinary company Arbonauts founded by Helen Galliano and Dimitri Launder. It creates site-specific performances for a curious and adventurous audience, weaving a path between dance, visual theater, installation and sonic landscapes. An incredibly talented and inspiring team!
My activities as a performer include, Universal Series at Tate Modern with international artist Tino Sehgal, performances at Rose Theater / Kingston, Shoreditch Town Hall, Rich Mix & Bonnie Bird Theaters, at Dance Festival Resolution, The Brunel Tunnel, Robin Howard Theater, London Fashion Week (Tank, Tate Modern) and Espacio Gallery.
A showreel composed of a selection of 8 performances stands at the bottom of this section.
- Between the Dog and the Wolf -
Selected at London International Mime Festival (2018)
Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall.
Research and development supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Activate Performing Arts and Arts University Bournemouth.
- The Desire Machine -
The Desire Machine premiered in July 2015 with a sell-out 2 week run in the cavernous subterranean space, the Brunel Tunnel Shaft.
A 360° live installation combining a unique style of visual performance with an intense soundscape, plunging audiences into a hallucinatory world where figures and voices blend and echo for a strange, voyeuristic encounter.
Supported by Arts Council England
Nominated for an Off West End Theater Award 2016
Company ARBONAUTS, 14th - 25th of July 2015, Brunel Tunnel Museum, London
Photo by Ludovic des Cognets
PRESS >> http://arbonauts.org/press/
"The highlight of the whole show was the performance by Dominique Vannod, angularity supreme across her body as she moved on all fours trying to conquer the restraint of the turning disc. The sharpness of her bones (shoulder blades, wrists etc) jutting through the skin in seemingly impossible ways was breathtaking. It conjured both insect and some larger beast, suggestive of being multi-limbed and not just restricted to the normal two/four of the human. Simply spellbinding." (Marc Nash // Sulci Collective)
"The highlight for me was watching a rather muscular woman (Dominique Vannod) take on an animal persona as she moved across the stage on her haunches, pawing towards her target and allowing a thoughtfulness to pulse through her motions to show her thought process evolving as she got closer and closer in strategy to reaching her goal." (Emily Pulham // Making the Marrow)
Company ARBONAUTS, theatrical site-specific piece, London 2013
Photo by Ludovic des Cognets
"Dominique performed a central role in Biped’s Monitor – Arbonauts’ acclaimed site-specific performance at dusk in Nunhead Cemetery. Dominique’s acute characterization and eagerness to push to the limits - coupled with a total commitment to the physical language of the production made her an essential energetic influence of our production. Her focus and stamina was evident throughout, and her ability to transport an audience’s experience through her embodiment of gesture, her intensity of gaze and raw energy is inspirational."
Dimitri Launder & Helen Galliano
Director Lydia Fraser-Ward, Rich Mix Theater, London
"That Which Grows"
Directed by choreographer Lydia Fraser-Ward
Performed at Rich Mix Theater, Women of Mass Destruction II, London 2014
Supported by Arts Council England.
Trailer >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUa4R1-pBzw
Created and directed by choreographer Lydia Fraser-Ward
Performed at Rich Mix Theater, Women of Mass Destruction I, London 2012
Supported by Arts Council England.
Trailer "Women of Mass Destruction I" >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=splWbXScBfg
As a choreographer Lydia Fraser-Ward creates radical and risky new dance works which combine physical theatre with Contemporary dance techniques. She is motivated to play with the beauty and absurdity of everyday movement, making strange things familiar and familiar thing strange.
CAREFUL, Dance-Theater performance, London
A dance/theatre performance created by FASS Senior Lecturer Alex Mermikides (Drama).
Performed at Rose Theater studio in November 2016, at Ivy Arts Center in March 2017 -- upcoming performance will be at Rose Theater main house in June 2018
Supported by Arts Council England.
Responding to a growing interest in empathy, altruism and ethics, the performance explores the meaning - and limits - of care. Created in collaboration with colleagues in Nursing, the piece puts its audience in the care of a bevvy of overstretched nurses.
With Thalia Marie Papadopoulou, Archana Ballal, Helena Rice and Philippa Hambly
Choreographer Jemma Bicknell, London
"With This In Mind"
Bermondsey Arch 92, London 2013
Photo by Jonathon Vines
"On Red and Butterflies", Bonnie Bird Theater, London
"On Red and Butterflies"
Created and directed by Alessandra Montagner
Performed at Bonnie Bird Theater, LABAN Dance School & Unhinged Festival, London 2012
With Rhys Cook
"And then we left, with no words being professed to acknowledge our ending.
A lot had happened between us.
My I and your I, these two first persons, coexisted through times and spaces that left
marks in both of us.
Our contract was finished and so had to be our feelings.
The nothingness of our situation is a lamentable loss of what we cannot understand yet.
It is like pinning down a butterfly that isn’t really there."
Needless Alley Collective, London
"Cabaret Voltaire", Performance Space, London 2013
With Karine Rathle
Performed at Performance Space in Hackney, in response to Dada material supplied by
and researched in collaboration with the Manchester School of Art, while taking influence
from Hugo Ball’s poem Tontentanz (Dance of Death).
"Untitled", Performance Space, London
"Untitled", Performance Space, London 2013
With Karine Rathle
LABAN Dance School, London
Photo by Kyle Stevenson-Photofilm
LABAN Dance School, London 2012
POLAR LOOP CRYSTAL - Commercial Ad
Great experience to work with POLAR regarding their latest watch Polar Loop Crystal. In partnership with SWAROVSKI (2016)
...seen at the airport of Helsinki!
* Showreel *
This is a showreel regarding a selection of 8 performances, in which I took part as a performer.
Feeling blessed to have had amazing performing opportunities in such diversified artistic works alongside inspiring and very talented people.
All this journey so far gave me a solid versatility that I can now instil in my own creations.