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“O Universo nu, Canção Nordestina” Célia Gondol

Ô Universo nu, Canção Nordestina (2016-2017), a performance by Célia Gondol, with Olivier Normand

Presented in its initial version for the exhibition “Les Mains sans sommeil”, O Universo nu, Canção Nordestina is in the form of a chant, inspired by the literary and allegorical principles of cordel literature in Brazil, and written based on different allegories used in physical and astrophysical theories.

The result is a performance modulating between a chanted recital and an abstract chant of glossolalia, in a primordial world emptied of all language. 


As part of “Les Mains sans sommeil” exhibition
The Artists’ Residencies in Hermès workshops


On 07/01/2018, at 4 p.m.

Free access on presentation of a valid exhibition ticket, within the limit of the number of available places.

Duration: 20 min


Célia Gondol

Célia Gondol (b. Grenoble, 1985) is a professional dancer and visual artist. She graduated from the Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2014, with a special jury mention, and has subsequently developed her installation - and performance - based practice, using light and (more recently) sound, with a particular focus on gesture. Gondol’s sculptural practice explores the musicality and folkloric origins of the elements she deploys. Her pieces are conceived as part of an open-ended, experimental process. Gondol has taken part in a number of group exhibitions including the 62nd Salon de Montrouge (2017), Do Disturb at Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2017), and Les Voyageurs at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (Paris, 2015). Gondol’s work also featured in a number of solo exhibitions at the Centre chorégraphique national in Orléans (2012), the PSG Gallery in Bangkok (2013), and the studio of painter Ann Veronica Janssens (her diploma show, 2014). Paralleling her work in the visual arts, Célia Gondol has danced with several companies since 2006.