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Audience to join art dance performance

THE audience can take part in a free French art dance project and help finish the open-ended piece next Friday at Space 18 in Bund 18.

"The audience will help the artist finish the piece, so it is not a traditional audience-performer relationship where the audience are only observers," says French choreographer Franck Apertet who presents the work with Anne Vigier.

The performance work known as "Caster," which suggests theatrical casting, has been performed around the world. The work is said to "reinvent methods of exposition, production and appearance in performance."

Those who wish to participate must be at least 12 years old, speak English, sign up in advance and agree to follow the choreographer's directions, assuming precise postures, forming groups and leaving the stage only when told. They agree not to walk off the stage if they change their minds. Choreographers will not explain themselves.

No dance or theatrical training is required.

The work may last for several hours.

Born in the mid-1960s, Vigier and Apertet now live and work in Paris. "Caster" debuted at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin of Ireland in October 2009. It has been performed around Europe and in Brazil.

For several years, the work has examined the norms that define dance and the live arts, exploring among other things the limits of the human body and of representation, Vigier says.

After the performance Vigier will deliver an audiovisual lecture to explain the ideas behind the work.

The art performance is part of the art project "Taking the Stage Over," launched by Biljana Ciric, an independent Serbian curator based in Shanghai. Artists will develop their own stage projects at various sites in the city, including theaters, museums and public spaces.

Each month, starting in March, one work will be showcased on the last weekend. They include "Show Real Drama" by Keren Cytter at the Shanghai Ke Center for Contemporary Art and the Penghao Theater in Beijing.

"For more than a decade, live art had very little visibility in China due to the very strong commercialization in art. Very few venues want to present projects like this since it is very unstable medium," says Ciric, who moved to Shanghai in 2000 from Serbia.

? "Caster"

Date: February 17, 7pm

Venue: Space 18, Bund 18, 3/F, 18 Zhongshan Rd E1

Admission: Free

? "VISIONaries" series artist talk

Date: February 18, 4pm

Venue: Rockbund Art Museum, 169 Yuanmingyuan Rd

? "Show Real Drama" by Keren Cytter

Date: March 24

Venue: Shanghai Ke Center for the Contemporary Art, 613B Kaixuan Rd

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