Thing 000783 (The Nutcracker, a Ballet and a Story)
Thing 000783 (The Nutcracker. A Story & A Ballet)

For Assembly (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers), Agency calls things forth from its list speculating on the question: "How can bodies get included within art practices?". On a first view it might seem like an odd question. Bodies are already part of art practices. Practices involving bodies have been around for centuries. Only since the second half of the 20th century expressions that were solely fulfilled by means of bodily movements were considered "worthy" of copyright protection and choreography was included into intellectual property. How did this transformation affect and still alters the ecologies of practices like burlesque, circus, dance, martial arts, etc...?
A selection of things will convene an assembly at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in order to bear witness.

Thing 001650 (Gypsy)
Tuesday May 22, 8pm

Thing 001695 (Best of Bercy)
Thursday May 24, 8pm

Thing 000770 (Zwischen Zirkuskuppel und Manege)
Saturday May 26, 8pm

Thing  000955 (Martha Graham's
Sunday May 27, 8pm

The other researched things that will not be invoked at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers will be available for study from May 21 until May 27, between 12am and 6pm, on appointment with the keeper of the things, Virginie Bobin ( and +33 153 561 594).


Assembly (Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers) is a coproduction of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Le Musée de la danse (Rennes) and the Kaaitheater (Brussels).
Agency is supported by the Flemish authorities, and benefits from the international residency program of the Ville de Paris/Institut Français aux Récollets (2011) and from the support of the Ministère de la culture et de la communication (Paris) in the frame of the program «aide à la Recherche et au Patrimoine en Danse» (2011)