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Andrew Graham

Andrew Graham is a dancer and choreographer who has been based in Marseille for several years. He founded the inclusive dance company L’Autre Maison. His choreography rejects the notion of an ideal body and focuses on the diversity of the group, pushing back against all attempts to create stereotypes.

For eleven years, Andrew lived in London, where he worked with renowned artists and companies: Joan Jonas, Tino Seghal, Simon Forti, Mike Kelley, Xavier Leroy, Rosemary Butcher, Aurelia Thiérrée and Victoria Chaplin. In 2013 he joined the Candoco company, where he performed pieces by Trisha Brown, Rachid Ouramdane, Hetain Patel, Thomas Hauert, Alexander Whitley and Jérôme Bel. He choreographed the solo performances QUASI (2010) and #Boomerang (2019), and the collective pieces In One Breath (2009) and Time Massage (2017). He also co-created Le Pays où tout est à prendre au sérieux (2019) with Virginie Combet, presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

In 2019, Andrew directed a version of The Rite of Spring for the Festival de Marseille, as part of Alain Platel’s Sacre XXL project. In the same year, he was invited by the Russian director Vera Martynov to co-direct the video installation Omorfoi and help to design an exhibition of Russian ceramics in Moscow and Hanoi for the Hermitage Foundation. In October 2020, he was invited by the Manifesta13 Biennale to develop a programme of inclusive activities as part of the Aoziz network, a group of inclusive organisations based in Marseille. 
 
Following the success of The Rite of Spring in 2019, Andrew Graham se up the company L’Autre Maison in Marseille devoted to inclusive choreography. The company consolidates his expertise, acquired over a decade, in broadening participation in the arts, and embodies his special ability to work with groups of disabled and non-disabled dancers. This practice is anchored in the development of new ways of representing our ways of living through movement, both together and alone, via original performances and new methods of intervention.

Within the company there is the Mixability collective founded in 2019 by Andrew Graham and Marion Di Majo in partnership with the Festival de Marseille. Comprising 27 disabled and non-disabled dancers of different ages and with different experiences of dance, the collective has created a new inclusive space for dance where new interactions can arise and where each individual explores, exists and evolves through movement. With the help of Andrew Graham, they develop a practice and a choreographic language that are specific to the bodies and aspirations of the group’s members.

 

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