Kitsou Dubois, researcher, director and choreographer
She defines herself as a choreographer of weightlessness and has been conducting a unique work between art and science for over twenty years.
Director of the company Ki Productions, her university training gave her a taste for the theoretical spirit, an approach that never leaves her because Kitsou Dubois is also a dance researcher. In 1990, Kitsou Dubois took part in a parabolic flight with the CNES (National Center for Space Studies) which allowed him to live a few precious minutes of weightlessness. From this founding experience, she will develop a work on the body faced with situations of altered gravity. The artist then takes hold of the phenomenon of weightlessness to explore differently the movement, the perception of the environment, the feeling of time, the relationship to matter, the relationship to the other, the poetics of an environment where all the landmarks are upset. In 1999, she became doctor in «Esthétique, sciences et technologies des arts» at the University of Paris 8, with her thesis on the perception of motion in weightlessness.
For Kitsou Dubois, research allows him to broaden his sources of inspiration, to take a different look at the body; by analysing technological developments, practices are enriched according to her. “Research is essential for creation,” she said.
She invents dreamlike universes that disturb the viewer’s perception and recreates this other space-time that she may have experienced during parabolic flights, in the absence of gravity. His work, between scientific research and performing arts, is focused on this visceral desire to share with the public the sensations experienced in weightlessness, it is the very heart of his creation.
Kitsou Dubois reaches all audiences through its shows because its poetic themes and its biases are easily accessible. “Poetic discourse helps to give tools so that the knowledge acquired from research is magnified and thus shows that we can look at the world differently,” she says.
For several years, Kitsou Dubois has even taken over the psychiatric field, giving to the Briqueterie (Centre de développement chorégraphique national du Val-de-Marne) dance workshops for patients with profound disorders to help them regain the language of their bodies.
Among the difficulties she has to face in her desire for research, the sometimes too present compartmentalization that exists between art and science, preventing progress, according to her. Kitsou Dubois thus dreams of opening a structure where researchers would not be “afraid” to come and discuss their research issues in a true spirit of openness and knowledge sharing.
' Dance weightlessness », title of his next book co-edited by Alternative théâtrales and the CNAC (Centre National des Arts du Cirque), seems to be his life’s choice!