WLDN is a project and a philosophy at the same time. The title references the renowned book Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American essayist, teacher, philosopher, naturalist and poet. This novel, published in 1854, influenced many schools of thought and served as a reference for those seeking to reconnect with basic values. Thoreau recounts his two years experience living independently in the middle of nature.

WLDN can be portrayed as a kind of ‘transcendental striptease’, which represents for me coming back to the fundamental essence and a simplifying of work, of stripping down, but also, back to the most elemental, even the most primordial aspects of performance in terms of dance, movement, and site. This simplicity can and does involve stage work and public space work but also includes productions of the kind of work that can easily be documented and published with the tools at hand which includes platforms such as social media : iphone, internet, facebook…

What is it in Thoreau’s action that can be mirrored in our changing cultural landscape with the contemporary tools we have in creating, recording, notating, publishing, dissemination ?

Joanne Leighton / Choreographer & directrice jo@wldn.fr
Anne Massot / Administratrice - Production admin@wldn.fr
Julie Weitzner / Production - Communication production@wldn.fr
François Blet / Technical information francoisblet@hotmail.com

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WLDN : 211, rue Saint Maur - 75010 - PARIS
+33 (0)1 58 30 78 52

Lauren Bolze, Marion Carriau, Alexandre Da Silva, Marie Fonte, Yannick Hugron, Maire-Pierre Jaux, Flore Khoury, Arthur Perole, Sabine Rivière, Bi-Jia Yang

Alexandra Bertaut – costumes & scénographie, Peter Crosbie – composition & design sonore, Sylvie Mélis – scénographie lumineuse, Mana Gautier - lumières, Tovo & Jamil – décor

WLDN / Joanne Leighton is in residence with Collectif Essonne Danse and the DRAC Ile-de-France 2018-2020 | l’Espace 1789 de Saint-Ouen, Scène conventionnée d'intérêt national - art & creation for dance 2018-2021, supported by Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis | Associated artist : Chorège - CDCN Falaise Normandie until June 2021 | Residence : Quinconces / L'Espal, Scène nationale du Mans 2020-2023 | WLDN is supported by the DRAC Ile-de-France for compagnies conventionnées | the Région Ile-de-France for a Permanence Artistique & Culturelle and by the Département de l'Essonne 2020 | WLDN / Joanne Leighton is supported by the French Culturel Ministry for Art |