• "Between the Dog and the Wolf", ARBONAUTS, selected at London International Mime Festival - January 2018

    "Between the Dog and the Wolf", Arbonauts, Shoreditch Town Hall (2017)

    Selected at London International Mime Festival 2018

     

     

    Dominique Vannod

    dancer & performance maker

  • Born in Switzerland, I'm a passionate artist by both dancing and performance making. I moved to London in 2011 to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as well at 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 including stage, site-specific performances, music videos and films.

     

    In 2016 I became a supported artist at Clarence Mews Studios in London, which allowed me to devise 5 works peformed in front of an invited and/or public audience.

     

    Rooted in a previous background in psychology, my creative impulses are inspired by a long-term interest in the paradoxes of our beings, anointing vulnerabilities as openings to the untamed & beautiful complexity of being human. Also, as a movement lover, I’m driven by the focus on energy and presence as a base for performative action, allowing then the interplay between movement and meaning to flow naturally.

     

    In 2020 I moved to Paris, the City of Lights, " Ville des Lumières" and a dream came true : we have launched a dance & physical theater company LES CAMARADES --> https://www.lescamarades.com/

     

    "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 -

     

     

  • - MAKING -

  • * De Vous et Moi ici je me Souviens *  2021 - Paris

     

    LES CAMARADES présente "De Vous et Moi Ici je me Souviens" au Parc des Buttes-Chaumont à l'occasion des Journées Européennes du Patrimoine le 19 septembre 2021.

     

    Porteuse du projet : Dominique Vannod
    Direction du mouvement : David Gellura
    Artistes-interprètes : Chloé Beillevaire, Charlene Pons, Lionel Ah-Sou, David Gellura et Dominique Vannod

     

    https://www.lescamarades.com/

     

     

  • * The Body Knows *

     

    "As the external world softens, the body knows."
     

    This video is an extract from the piece

    "The Body Knows" performed on the 14th of December 2019 at Clarence Mews Studios in London.

     

    Performed and devised by Dominique Vannod.

     

  • * The Sound of Flowers *

     

    Solo performance devised at Clarence Mews Studios during a 10 weeks residency. It was performed at The Space Theater in London, part of Late Bloom Festival on the 1st of September 2019.

     

    "Dominique is a true force of nature, both passionate by dance and her drive to pass it on."

    (L. Raquel, Writing about Dance)

     

    In collaboration with Gong & Sound artist Joh Johnson and guitarist Domenico Angarano.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • *Wanderlust*

    Late Bloom Festival, The Space Theater

    London, 2016

     

    'Wanderlust' is a playful and textured tale that looks at duality. This solo performance is dedicated to the child within us who trusts its joy as it perceives the world with hope, enthusiasm and wonder.
     

    " You took us like a breeze, like a whisper in a fainted dream of something that we know we have lost"

    (audience member)

     

    " Outrageous - Brave - A captivating performance, such a furious one! It challenged the audience, at times it made me empathetic, then made me laugh, at other times I felt voyeuristic."

    (audience member)

     

    * Unscripted *

    February 2017, Residency at Clarence Mews studios, London

     

    'Unscripted' is a dance-theater solo 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.

     

    "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."

    (audience member)

     

    "The movement score was astonishing as you looked like a roll. I was captivated from the beginning."

    (audience member)

  • * T.E.E.M *

    Piece for 10 dancers created at TRINITY LABAN, Conservatoire of Music & Dance - London, 2012

     

    "The world is like a magnet pulling us outward into all manner of distractions » (E. Shapiro).
     

    As an echo to life and its choices, the piece is arising from the dancers’ own choices to meet, or not. Any of these meetings were set. Consequently, the spectator is a witness of this unique moment.

     

     

     

     

    *A Place in Between*

    Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch

    London 2013

     

    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....

     

     

     

  • Performer

    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 other 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 -

     

    London International Mime Festival

    (2018)

     

    Company ARBONAUTS, London

     

    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 -

    Company ARBONAUTS, London

     

    The Desire Machine premiered in July 2015 with a sell-out 2 week run in the cavernous subterranean space, the Brunel Tunnel Shaft.

     

    Supported by Arts Council England

     

    * Received an Off West End Theater Award 2016 *

     

    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.

     

     

  • "Desire Machine"

    Company ARBONAUTS, 14th - 25th of July 2015, Brunel Tunnel Museum, London

    Photo by Ludovic des Cognets

     

    PRESS >> http://arbonauts.org/press/

     

    Reviews update!

     

    "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)

     

     

     

    - Biped's Monitor - Company ARBONAUTS, London

    "Biped's Monitor"

    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
    Co-Founders Arbonauts

     

    Trailer >> http://arbonauts.org/event/bipeds-monitor-2013/

     

     

     

     

     

    CAREFUL, Dance-Theater performance, London

    "Careful"

    A dance/theatre performance created by Director Alex Mermikides.

    Performed at Rose Theater Kingston main house in 2018, Ivy Arts Center in March 2017 and Rose Theater Kingston studio in 2016.

    Supported by Arts Council England

     

    Responding to a growing interest in empathy, altruism and ethics, the performance explores the meaning - and limits - of care.

    With Thalia Marie Papadopoulou, Archana Ballal, Helena Rice, Philippa Hambly and Dominique Vannod.

     

    Web: https://chimeranetwork.org/careful/

    Press: http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2016/dec/14/theatre-show-teaching-student-nurses-compassion

     

     

     

     

     

    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

     

     

    "Binge"

    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.

     

    Web >> http://lydiafraserward.co.uk/

     

     

     

     

    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."

     

    Web >> http://www.unhingedfestival.com/alessandra-montagner/

     

     

     

     

    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 in partnership with SWAROVSKI

    * Commercial Ad *

    Great experience to work with POLAR regarding their latest watch Polar Loop Crystal

    In partnership with SWAROVSKI, London 2016

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Seen at the airport of Helsinki :-)

  • * Showreel *

    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 also instil in my own creations.

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