Yan Duyvendak, Matthieu La-Brossard, Antoine Weil Switzerland / Netherlands

L’Âge de nos idées

Switzerland / Netherlands
January 15-19, 2024 (artistic residency)
January 15-19, 2024 (artistic residency)

In January Yan Duyvendak, Matthieu La-Brossard and Antoine Weil are invited at Teatro Il Lavatoio in Santarcangelo as artists in residency, working on the new project The Age of Our Ideas.

Is there now such a rift between the boomers and the Gen Z? The Age of Our Ideas is a project co-signed by Yan Duyvendak with two younger artists, Matthieu La-Brossard and Antoine Weil. Everyone will bring their own peculiarities, tools, knowledge, technique and ethics to express individually and collectively their point of view on the meeting ground of two generations, Gen Z and boomers. Are our opinions, our views of the world, our collective aspirations as different and non-aligned as some make them out to be? Is it possible to go beyond the generational clash? Is it feasible to imagine an exchange of ideas that goes beyond the traditional debate form of two ideas going up against each other? It is possible to create a space of understanding and open-minded curiosity? Transmission will be the staging point for this adventure. Everyone will speak about what they do, what they know, how they operate and transmit all this to the others. This path will also lead to question to what extent an idea, a skill, a belief is ours, do we possess it? Can we share it? Do we wish to share it?


Yan Duyvendak, originally from the Netherlands, lives in Geneva and Marseille. Trained at the École Cantonale d’Art du Valais and the École Supérieure d’Art Visuel de Genève, his career as a performance artist began in 1995 with the staging of his first work of live art “Keep It Fun For Yourself”. His art underlines in particular how the overwhelming mass of analogical, digital and mental images as well as our social codes and other rituals of our fun society thicken the curtain between ourselves and reality. Yan Duyvendak’s video pieces feature in numerous public and private collections, for instance the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and the Museum der Moderne (MdM) in Salzburg. He won the “Swiss Art Award” three times in a row (2002, 2003 and 2004), the “Namics Kunstpreis für Neue Medien” in 2004 and the “Network Kulturpreis” in 2006. He received the two most prestigious art awards in Switzerland: in 2010, the highest distinction for contemporary art, the “Meret Oppenheim Preis”, and in 2019, the highest one for theater and live art, the “Hans Reinhart Ring”.

Matthieu La-Brossard is an artist and choreographer based in Amsterdam. Doing away with many of the rules of traditional theatre, she builds video and interactive installations activated by different performers. The collaborative aspect of her performances pushes the boundaries all the way to non-linear gameplay that invites members of the team to become performers, navigating between different narrational arcs depending on the chosen cut. Her stage work deforms what is to be seen, pushing her audience to question the physical and social norms that come with a hegemonic power structure and inviting them to think in a more fluid way, to escape into fluid worlds and spaces of simulation.

Antoine Weil studied at HEAD a Bachelor in Visual Arts in InterAction and trained at the junior Ballet of Geneva. His performances are built around the various possible identities that one can have and how one can construct and deconstruct what makes one identifiable. His canvases for work are as varied as the human body, clothing and obviously words and language. He was a dancer for choreographers like Alexandra Bachzetsis, Nils Amadeus Lange and Marie-Caroline Hominal and has presented his work at various events such as the off-space MayDay, Théâtre Sévelin 36 and the Grütli theatre.


Accessibility: venue accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. Facilitated access from side entrance through via A. Costa.

via Ruggeri, 16


ideazione, performance Yan Duyvendak, Matthieu La-Brossard, Antoine Weil
scenografia Gaël Grivet
video Julie Bellard, Nicolas Cilins
tecnica Luca Kasper
amministrazione Marine Magnin
tour management Charlotte Terrapon
tour production Colette Raess
comunicazione Zoé Dupraz
produzione Dreams Come True
co-produzione Le Grütli – Centre de production et de diffusion des Arts vivants, Genève ; La Bâtie – Festival de Genève ; Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne ; Festival de Marseille
residenze Le Grütli, Festival de Marseille – Friche la Belle de Mai, Arsenic, Santarcangelo Festival – Teatro Il Lavatoio

con il supporto di Pro Helvetia – fondation suisse pour la culture, République et Canton de Genève, Ville de Genève, Fonds Mécénat SIG