Florent Schwartz                                                                      Anthropograph

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Florent Schwartz was born in 1985 in Brittany. At age 17 he moved to Paris to attend the Ensaama school, from where he graduated with a degree in metal sculpture. Following, he worked several years as a sculptor in various stage design studios. Fascinated by sculptural gestures and the beauty of artisanal movements that transform matter, he became increasingly interested in the work process more than the end result. He then traveled to West Africa to discover new techniques of bronze casting.


In parallel, Florent studied various theater techniques. With the intent to stage his own sculptures, he first dedicated himself to puppetry, at Mains Nues Theater. Then he moved to Buenos Aires to pursue physical theatre training. Following his interest in movement, in 2011 he joined the contemporary dance school company Le Marchepied in Lausanne, where he danced under the direction of choreographers M. Berrettini and P. Harsch. He also specialized his training in vertical dance and partnering practices as aikido, tango or contact improvisation.


Back to Paris in 2013, he revisited his visual arts practice with the sensitive perspective of the dancing body and its action on matter, and began using video to share his choreographic research at various exhibitions, including at the National Choreographic Centre of Orleans – J. Nadj. His film La Magnitude Humaine have been awarded by the RED International Film Festival.


He is now evolving on the edge between dance, video and sculpture. He pursued recently his research in China and Taiwan, questioning social issues linked with urbanization. He received a scholarship from the Taiwanese Ministry of Education to study Chinese language and traditional art crafts, focusing on calligraphy in which he embraces painting as a form of dancing.  


Florent works presently on a new aerial dance production with the Gap The Mind Co. His goal is to connect visual arts to the intimacy of bodily sensations, in other words to choreograph sculptural gesture.


Exhibitions

THE SEISMOGRAPH ___ Onsite Artfest (Taipei, 2016)

ANTHROPOGRAPHIES ___ Na-Pei Gallery (Taipei, 2016)

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY ___ Taipei National University of Arts (Taiwan, 2016)

KITSCH FICTION ___ Photo à l'Ouest (Rennes, 2014)

MAGNITUDE 8 ___ Hangzhou Fina Art Academy (China, 2014)

VESTIGES ___ CCNO (Orleans, 2013)

PATHS OF THE ARGENTINEAN ___ Image Publique (Rennes, 2013)

METAL ___ School of Arts Crafts (Paris, 2006)

 

Video-Dance Screenings

VANITY ___ GybneyStudio (USA-2017)

UNDERBRIDGE ___ MoveCinearte (Mexico, Paris, 2017)/ Magmart (Italy-2017)/

   DanceBarn (USA-2017)/ LightMoves (Ireland-2017)

RAINING ROPES ___ SestriereFilm (Italy-2017)/ AlpsFilm (Italy-2017)/

   SwissMountain (Switzerland-2017) / MIMOFF (Italy-2017)

BLACKFISH ___ Agite y Sirva (Mexico-2017)/ DancaEmFoco (Brazil-2017)/

   Magmart (Italy-2017)/ RiuRau (Spain-2017)

2-28 ___ DancePerth (UK-2017)/ RIFF (Norway-2017)/ DancaEmFoco (Brazil- 2017)/

   AgiteYSirva (Mexico-2017)/ Magmart (Italy- 2017)/  DanceBarn (USA-2017)/

   FIVC (Chile-2017)/ BIDFF (Romania-2017)

FLIP OVER ___ CorporalidadExpandida (Argentina-2016)/ InShadow (Portugal-2016)/

   DancaEmFoco (Brazil-2017)/ Magmart (Italy-2017)

HUMAN MAGNITUDE ___ RIFF (Norway-2016)/ LightMoves (Ireland-2016)/

   Movimiento (Mexico-2016)/ DancaEmFoco (Brazil-2017)/ DanzaBA (Argentina-2017)/

   Magmart (Italy-2017) 

COWBOY & BOY ___ CourteNuit (France-2010)/ FacadeVideo (Bulgaria-2013)

TOUT SCHUSS ___ CoArCo(France-2013)

MOLTS ___ FacadeVideo (Bulgaria-2013)/ SansSouci (USA-2013)/

   InShadow (Portugal, 2013)/ CCNO (France, 2013)

RUINS ___ InShadow (Portugal, 2013)/ CCNO (France, 2013)

 

Choreographies

UN PAYS LOINTAIN ___ 30 Theater (Taiwan, 2016) / Guling Theater (Taiwan, 2016) /

   Sibu Int. Dance Fest. (Malaysia, 2016)

SAUCE CARTON AUTHENTIC __ Collaboration with L. Tremblay-Fong (Taiwan, 2016)

520 ___ Manfeï Theater (Taiwan, 2016)

JINIALIN ___ Manfeï Theater (Taiwan, 2016)

LES LOUVES ___ Le Marchepied (Switzerland, 2012)

OPHELIE ___ TMN (Paris, 2007)

 

Residencies

Dance Limerick (Ireland, 2017)

R.E.D. Dance center (Norway, 2017)

Experimental Film Virginia (USA, 2017)

Taiwan Government Scholarship (Taiwan, 2015)

Huayu Scholarship (Taiwan, 2014)

China Council Scholarship (China, 2013)

 

Awards

RIFF film festival Honorary mention of the Jury (Norway, 2016)

Arpia photography price (Paris, 2016)

Hispano Suiza sculpture prizewinner (Paris, 2006)