La Filature, Scène Nationale* in Mulhouse, France invited Caroline Hayeur for an artist's residency in 2001-2002.  This carte blanche project included travelling the roads of Alsace over a series of visits throughout the year and was followed by a solo exhibition and a publication.  The project is an exploration of body movement and social meetings and gatherings including tea dances and other dancing, nightlife, concerts, disco, carnivals and popular feasts and celebrations.

During this residency, Caroline Hayeur systematically mapped the practice of dancing in Mulhouse and its region, focusing on showing all of its diversity. Her approach is multicultural, multigenerational and multiregional.  This work brings together a colourful and complex view of amateur dancers inspired by their primal sources: rave music, dance bars, tango, rock and roll, disco, salsa, pop, waltz or fox trot.  The body of work creates a visual “dance card” where dancers and dances of all generations and types come together.

Galerie de La Filature, Scène nationale, Mulhouse, 2002 © Caroline Hayeur

More than 140 photographs were shown at La Galerie de La Filature, installed as a series of prints forming a rhythm, suggesting attunement to the body's natural dance.


Technical description: 140 film prints mounted on aluminium. Height : 29.5 in (75 cm) each, variable length. 

Installation: stripes of photographs and mosaic, variable length

Exhibition history:
2002 – Solo exhibit, La Galerie de La Filature, Scène Nationale*, Mulhouse (France)

Galerie de La Filature, Scène Nationale, Mulhouse, 2002 © Caroline Hayeur
Thé dansant organisé pour le vernissage, Galerie de La Filature, Scène Nationale, Mulhouse, 2002 © D.R.

Book, TANZ PARTY, Éditions La Nuée Bleue (Strasbourg) and MACANO (Montreal), 8.5 X 6 in, 63 pages, 2002.

*La Filature, Scène Nationale (the main cultural center located in each department in France), has offered a photographer’s residency since 1998. This program offers photographers the chance to choose their own theme and to integrate the geographical and social space of Mulhouse and its surroundings into their work. The residency creates a dual challenge for the artist: to question the present and to create a memory.

La Filature, Scène nationale - Mulhouse


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