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Emilie Pitoiset (1980 - based in Paris) is artist, writer and choreographer. Her background is first gymnastic and later, dance who infused her work and problematics. She examines the resistance of bodies through dance, rituals, sexuality and money. She deploys a visual grammar which borrows freely from film noir, the nouveau roman, secret societies and the ideals and fantasies of popular culture.

Since 2013, she is teacher at the IsadT-Beaux-arts de Toulouse where she leads a research seminar: Stage Studies on dance & choreography in partnership with Cnap - Centre National des Arts Plastiques and soon with the Master exerce of ICI-CCN Centre Chorégraphique National of Montpellier and his director Christian Rizzo.

Pitoiset’s has participated in numerous group exhibitions in such museums as :
Witte de With, Pompidou Center, Palais de Tokyo, Shirn Museum Frankfurt am Main, Kate Werble Gallery in New York, Tai Knwun Contemporary in Hong-Kong, Museo Marino Marini in Florence, Casino, Forum d’art contemporain in Luxembourg, Villa Paloma Monaco, Badischer Kunstverein, Museum am Ostwalt in Dortmund, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Bielefeld Kunstverein, Museum Ostwall, Kadist Art Foundation, Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rijeka...

Her work is part now of the many private and public collections such :
Mnam - Centre Pompidou, Fond National d’art Contemporain Collection, Frac Ile de France Collection, FRAC Champagne Ardenne Collection, Musée Départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart Collection, AVN Sammlung Autria, DZ Bank Sammlung Francfort, Phileria Sammlung Düsseldorf, Pinakothek Lenbachhaus Sammlung Munich.




Edited by
Les presses du réel, Dijon, 2013
French, english.

Texts by : Florence Derieux, Dominic Eichler Interview by : Raimundas Malašauskas

Coedited with FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims / Confort Moderne, Poitiers / Ricard Foundation, Paris and the support of CNAP, Centre national des Arts Plastiques, Minister of French Culture.


“I am fascinated by the resistance of body and how body found its own circulation,” she explains. For the past two years, much of her focus has been on imagery from American dance marathons that took place during the Great Depression. These competitions would ‘offer’ money to the last couple standing. “The principal was to keep moving until exhaustion. The competition was in front of an audience, who could bet on best couple. Judges on stage were controlling and challenging them with games, like making them run in bandages to wear them out,” the artist notes. “I transposed it to today. I invented a capitalist slogan: Dance more to earn more.” For Pitoiset dance is a form of revolt. [...].

By Francesca Gavin, Twin Magazine, n°20 March 2018.

and :

with Raimundas Malasauskas, 2013 (English)

by Claire Staebler, 2010 (English / French)

Là où tout se rejoue

by Laurie Merle, 2011 (French)

Devon Loch, or how to entertain a desire of reality
by Kathy Alliou, Editions of Palais de Tokyo, directed by Charlotte Moth (English / French)

Othello Interview
with Marie Maertens (French)

Penumbra and Palimpsest
by Dominic Eichler, 2013 (English)

Dear Emilie

by Sinziana Ravini, 2014 (English)

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