DEVELOPING THE POETICS OF THE DANCING BODY
AIME was created in July 2007 by founding members who have all collaborated with the group over the years in many different projects:
- from 2002 to 2004, Julie Nioche, Gabrielle Mallet and Isabelle Ginot established a research project, “Etudes, ” in residence at the Ménagerie de Verre in Paris.
- in 2003 Julie Nioche asked Isabelle Ginot to intervene in the program of the Bodyworks Festival at the Cultural Center Le Vooruit in Ghent, for which she was the programmer; the same year, Isabelle Ginot asked Julie Nioche to give a lecture, “The image of the body,” at the dance department of the University Paris VIII.
Based on these first experiences, they created A.I.M.E in July 2007.
Julie Nioche’s dance works send dance overflowing into simple, fluid scenes involving states of serious physical exertion. Her work has a strong connection to its set design, lighting and music; the objective being to create environmental works which bring the audience to empathize with them through their own sensations. She involves her dancers in “sensorial and sensual” dances, a dimension often neglected in the political perception of the bodies.
Through projects validating the body’s knowledge in many different social milieux, Julie Nioche contributes with A.I.M.E. to the civic role of the artist. A.I.M.E. modifies through its work the cultures of movement and the representation of the body in the fields of contemporary dance, social work and the educational and medical worlds.
All of A.I.M.E.’s actions are focused on the transmission and sharing of the knowledge and awareness of the body in a social structure. Whether it be artistic or performance-oriented, socio-educational or pedagogical, all of these actions contribute to their mutual goal of supporting the action, the empowerment of the persons mobilized: performers, dancers, artistic staff, spectators, workshop participants, patients, professionals and others associated with the caring professions …
In creative projects or those involving the transmission of this physical knowledge, they prioritize construction and commitment to the specific contexts which are the starting points for setting people in motion.
A.I.M.E. has developed four axes of work which intercut together, responding to the multiple contexts of both creation and practice:
1- Creation of choreographic works
2- Development of different relationships with audiences:
Creation of works for amateurs
Development of certain physical practices: workshops, individual coaching, creation of “sensitive spaces” to facilitate audience awareness.
Short-term training: teaching professionals from the cultural sector (PR) and the medico-social areas.
Training of workshop leaders, in which A.I.M.E. is asked to help train those giving these workshops.
Long-term training as part of studies leading to the French degree, the D.U.: “Physical technique in the caring professions,” for somatic practitioners, dancers and professionals in the medico-social sector.
4- Analytic work and a critical approach to intervention in the field
Research into new ways of evaluating physical practice and its impact in different contexts
Production of tools to communicate acquired knowledge to the cultural, social and medical fields.