Clara Delorme: Double Bill

Dance / B2 Arena

The National Arts Festival presents two works by Clara Delorme:
L’albâtre (Alabaster) is the first of a series of performances exploring monochrome. In this solo for a white body on a white background, Clara balances on the intersection between choreography and dance. It is a show that speaks to immobility and silence, and of a body holding its breath.

Clara Delorme Lift Her Leg To Make Her Vagina Lip Come Out is a production born out of an act of reclamation. Following her show, L’albâtre (2019), she was contacted by Justin, for permission to download a video of the show to a porn site. She refused consent, and what follows is a barrage of harassment and blackmail. This continues to the present. Using the same title given to the video as Justin, Clara reappropriates the content. He used an art video to create a pornographic video, and she reverses that by using his pornographic title as an art title. Clara retrieves her name and reverses the google algorithm so that it no longer leads to pornhub, youporn and others, but to her name, to her, to her work.

Each performance is 20 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.


Choreography and performance: Clara Delorme
Lighting Design: Léo Garcia
Technical Support: Xavier Weissbrodt and Grégory Gaulis
Outside View: Nicole Seiler
Photographers: Joséphine Pittet, Philippe Weissbrodt and Cynthia Ammann
Production: Racine Co.
Co-production: Sévelin 36 Theater

With the support of City of Lausanne – Department of Children, Youth and Neighborhoods

Created at Theater Sévelin 36, Lausanne
September 12, 2019

Clara Delorme lift her leg to make her vagina lip come out
Concept, performance: Clara Delorme
Accompanied by Steven Cohen and Guy Cools in the frame of Impulstanz 2021
Photoshop: Melissa Rouvinet
Video: Anouk Maupu
Administration: Gaelle Marc
Accounting: Laurence Rochat
Text and Title: justincourriel@hotmail.com
Production: Association Racine
Co-production: Théâtre Sévelin 36
Residencies: Léopold Muséum – Vienne, Arsenal 19 – Vienne, Huggy Bears – Vienne, Théâtre Sévelin 36 – Lausanne

Support: Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council, ATLAS – Impulstanz, Société Suisse des Artistes Interprètes (SIS), Fondation Fluxum. The Racine association is supported in the form of an annual agreement by the Nestlé Foundation for the Arts.


Clara Delorme (1997) was born and raised in Ardèche, in the south of France. After obtaining her baccalaureate in 2014, she entered the University of Medicine in Grenoble, where she discovered contemporary dance through a combination of circumstances. She met the choreographer Redouane Gadamy, who offered her a scholarship for an internship at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. This experience confirmed her desire to pursue this path. In 2015 she joined the Ecole Professionnelle Supérieur d’Enseignement de la Danse in Montpellier, then in 2016 the Compagnie Junior Le Marchepied in Lausanne, where she obtained her certificate in July 2017. That same year she joined the Compagnie Alias for the creation of Contre-Mondes, and since then she has danced for Judith Desse, Yasmine Hugonnet, Mark Lorimer, Nicole Seiler, Faustine Moret, Yann Hermenjat, among others.

In 2018 Clara experimented for the first time the role of choreographer by creating a piece at the Esplanade du Lac, for
the performers of the Compagnie Junior de Divonnes-Les-bains. At the same time she founded the company Racine and created her own projects. Since 2019 she is an associate artist at the Théâtre Sévelin 36 in Lausanne, where she develops her work around monochromes. She created L’albâtre (white) in 2019 and Malgrés (green) in 2021. These two pieces were well received. L’albâtre was notably programmed at the Swiss Dance Days 21-22 and Malgrés received the first PREMIO 2020 prize and a grant for emerging choreographers from the SSA. In 2020 she joined the Migros Culture Percentage’s Double Mentoring platform for the 2020-2021 seasons with Yan Duyvendak.

Since her first solo, she is supported by Prohelvetia and participates in Choreographing, where she assists the creation of Static Shoc by Maud Le Pladec at the Ballets de Lorraine in Nancy. In 2021, thanks to Prohelvetia, she participated in
the Camping project in Paris and in the ATLAS- Impulstanz programme in Vienna, Austria, where she initiated a new solo accompanied by Steven Cohen and Guy Cools, a solo that will be presented at the Printemps de Sévelin 2022. Since 2021, Clara’s work has received annual support from the Nestlé Foundation for the Arts in the form of an agreement. She received a grant from Adami (FR) to follow the work of Liz Santoro in December 2021 at the Atelier de Paris. She is working as a dramaturge on the next piece by Katya Ganyushina, a Russian choreographer based in Moscow who she met at Impulstanz, and on Présages the next creation by the artist Élie Autin, who will present his solo in autumn 2022 at the Arsenic.

In 2020, Clara co-founded Arts_Sainement with Claire Dessimoz and Louis Bonard, a speaking group for reflection and
action on well-being at work. In 2022, she co-founded LIEU COMMUN, an artistic research residency in Lausanne. For the Festival de la cité in July 2023, she will co-sign with Claire Dessimoz and Louis Bonard, Festival and Ribambelle,
two shows, one for adults and one for children, resulting from the same research. In March 2024 she will present Posées sous terre (working title) at the Printemps de Sévelin, the blue part of her research on monochromes

  • Venue: B2 Arena
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: 1820 Settlers Monument on Lucas Avenue, two levels below the Guy Butler Theatre stage.
  • Ticket Price: R75.00
  • Genre: Dance
  • Duration: 50mins
  • Ages: PG
June 29, 2022   17:00 - 18:00

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