For the artist, it’s a question of “weaving with” the world around him, just as contexts weave and reweave reality. ——— Paul Ardenne, A Contextual Art
Dancer and choreographer, Gilles Viandier develops within the generic #Number# project, an evolutionary investigation at the crossing of performance, dance, installation and architecture, in echo to an architect‘s diploma questioning the urban and artistic conversion of industrial wastelands in Europe.
Linked to the context, the history and the identity of every city, #Number# questions the urban perception, the movement and commitment of the body, the representation in general and realizes performative in situ devices based on the apprehension of the public space, its diversion and the role of the spectator.
For its 2020 edition, the Mimos festival in Périgueux (F) driven by the Odyssée theatre asked him to rethink the urban scenography of the cultural event: initial survey, signages, flows between the different venues…
In 2006 #Number# project started in Montpellier/France around the concepts of limits (margins, presence of nature, privatization, urban paradoxes), of convergence (streets, squares, rivers, public, art of walking…) and of urban harvest (waste, signals, symbols, perceptions…), flow, movement in posture and discontinuity in dynamics, in the form of choreographic palimpsests.
Then #Number# entered into variations: in the festival Improspekcije in Zagreb, along the canal in Brussels, in Skopje/Macedonia in the project for the Biennial of Young Creatives of the Mediterranean See, in Berlin invited by Jeremy Wade and Peter Stamer (The Village, Tanznacht 2010) and in Paris during the contest Danse élargie 2010 organized by Boris Charmatz.
Since 2012 within various residencies at Trafó theatre in Budapest (Hungary), with the Council of Architects of Transylvania in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), in Ujgorod (Ukraine), at the Antigel Festival in Geneva (Switzerland), with [AADK] Spain in Blanca (Spain) and at the Prague Quadrennial/PQ (Czech Republic), #Number# continues to explore and question the paradoxes of the window city and its realities, safety and mobility, changing flows, invisible borders and elasticity of the urban fabric.
Since 2015, the performative installations with the 30 meters Lycra fabric named Street Pantone have been presented in many festivals and galleries: Geneva, Nyon (CH), Berlin (D), Toledo, Blanca, Olot (E), Royan, Marseille, Aurillac, Périgueux (F) and Chania (GR).