Choreographers and dancers Selma and Sofiane Ouissi perform a new work that confronts the intimacy of their daily lives with the public platform of the internet. As with their earlier work which relied on live video feeds, the choreographers intend to explore further the impression of being here while at the same time being there, being one while being multiple.
For Selma and Sofiane Ouissi, the format of Performance Room corresponds perfectly to the working conditions they have been facing for many years. With Selma living in Paris and Sofiane in Tunis, the internet is vital for them to collaborate and produce new works. They addressed this situation in Here(s) 2011–2012, in which they perform live, via Skype, while in different cities.
Selma and Sofiane Ouissi are major figures of contemporary dance in the Arab world and have collaborated with directors and choreographers such as Fadhel Jaziri, Hichem Rostom, Martino Müller, and the Compagnie Michèle Anne de Mey. The duo have performed in numerous shows worldwide and at live art festivals (Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Tanzquartier in Vienna, Danse in Aix, Bouffes du Nord in Paris, and Festival de Carthage). In 2007 they founded the collective LArt Rue, dedicated to the production and dissemination of contemporary art in public spaces in Tunisia, and created the art biennale Dream City of which the third edition took place in 2012. In 2011 they worked with digital arts creative, Yacine Sebti, to create Here(s), a dance performance using Skype as creative tool. In the same year they worked with director Cécil Thuillier, to create a choreographic film Laaroussa inspired by the work of women potters from Sejnane, Tunisia, which was shown at the Palais de Tokyo Triennale in Paris, 2012. This film piece resulted in a live choreographic and immersive film work for the 2013 Kunsten Festival des arts in Brussels.
Audiences are invited to enter the online BMW Tate Live Performance Room via www.youtube.com/user/tate/tatelive at 20.00 in the UK and exactly the same moment across time zones on the specified times:
15.00 on the East Coast of America
21.00 in mainland Europe
23.00 in Russia
During the performance you are encouraged to chat with other viewers from around the world via Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and to ask the artist or curator questions which will be answered at the end of the performance during the live Q&A. You can access the latest updates @TateLive using #BMWTateLive, Tate Facebook or Tate Google+.
BMW Tate Live is curated by Catherine Wood, Curator, Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate and Capucine Perrot, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.
BMW Tate Live is a partnership between BMW and Tate, which focuses on performance, interdisciplinary art and curating digital space.