Creative Interview With Choreographer And Dancer Louisa Rachedi
A native of Albi, France, choreographer and dancer Louisa is a former company member of the National Ballet of Canada and Martin Schläpfer’s Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg. Over the span of her thirteen-year career, she has performed a wide variety of works including those of classical and contemporary masters George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Martin Schläpfer, Mats Ek, Merce Cunningham and Hans van Manen. In addition, Louisa has worked with choreographers Sharon Eyal, Michael Schumacher, Francesca Harper and Guy Nader on refining her understanding of improvisation techniques.
Now an independent artist, Louisa has expanded her focus from performance to choreography. In June 2016 she created her first piece Fieldwork for the dancers of Ballett am Rhein. Since 2017, she creates and performs under the banner of Limbic Shift. A project-based performing arts company she co-founded with her collaborator Jan van de Weyer which focuses on developing multi-faceted contemporary works. Limbic Shift’s productions include In A Landscape - a commissioned work by Martin Chaix - as well as Chimera, a duet created by Louisa herself. The company is based in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Laundry interviewed Louisa to ask her about her inspirations and creative process in the all important Creative Interview Series.
Three words to describe you?
Outgoing, committed, curious.
Three words to describe your work?
Rigorous, creative and incredibly fulfilling.
When did you decide you wanted to be a dancer and choreographer?
I remember that moment very vividly. I was thirteen when I decided I wanted to become a professional dancer, and although it meant leaving my family to train in another city and eventually on another continent, there was no doubt in my mind that’s what I wanted to do. Choreography on the other hand was different. It was not until I tried it a year ago that I knew I wanted to commit to it. It was a very profound and radical experience for me.
Who is your favorite choreographer / dancer?
There are so many...I can’t bring myself to single one out. What I noticed though is how different choreographic currents permeate my work based on the content I am tackling, so it varies constantly.
What else inspires you other than dance?
People, Art, Music, Food, Design, Travel, and more importantly Honesty, Resilience, Courage and Curiosity.
What music if any do you listen to when working?
When I am in the studio, my morning routine is to put on headphones and jam to whatever comes up on my playlist. I listen to pretty much anything from classical music to mainstream hits, but I have a soft spot for good electronic sounds. They are great for movement research.
What inspires your work?
The impulse for a new creation can come for anywhere and everything. The deciding factor really depends on my current state of mind and what themes most resonate with me at a given moment.
What city inspires you the most?
Hands down, Barcelona! In fact, I secretly wish that one day I will be able to divide my time between Spain and Germany. I am inspired by how the city keeps reinventing itself through architecture, through art, and through a widespread creative spirit.
What do you dislike about your industry?
The hours spent in front of the computer filling project applications...Dance is an art form that needs to be experienced live. So many factors come into play and I don’t believe words can match the richness and the complexity that unfold during a performance. I guess that explains why I became a choreographer and not a writer.
Where can we see your work?
Our next performances will be at the Busan International Dance Festival in Korea, on June, 2 and 3 2017.
Otherwise, you can always catch us on our website under www.limbic-shift.com.
In light of our upcoming tour, we can also be found on Indiegogo right through to May.
What future projects are you working on?
Our tour to Korea represents a big undertaking. The bulk of the work has been done, but the pieces can always be fine tuned and re-examined. Otherwise, establishing and consolidating Limbic Shift is a long-term project I feel really passionate about.
Photograph By Tillmann Franzen