23 Jan 2019
20 May 2019



Shall we dance? 

Yes, we dance. We may not necessarily be Nijinski, Beyoncé or Fred Astaire. It does not matter, sooner or later, one dances: at a party, a ceremony, a concert or alone in one’s living room.


Dance is not just for virtuosos; it is a shared and shareable act, both physical and political, and one that totally transcends bodies, territories and societies. Whether one dances alone or in a group, to seduce or enlist, to stand out or to melt into a crowd, dance is a social activity, a vector of connections made up of relations to self and others, to one’s own body and the collective corpus, towards a beyond and sometimes elsewhere. 


In a scenography that invites movement, the visitor is free to come and go, have a stretch, lie down, or lean back, in a discovery of  lms, soundtracks and extracts of texts. These works are organised in a six-hour audiovisual  ow that each visitor is invited to pick up from the moment they enter, for periods lasting a few minutes to a few hours, as they uncover one work after the next, in a singular relationship with space and time. 


Each may thus move from one screen to the next, experiencing and choosing their own way to watch and listen, set to the volumes, bends and materials of the exhibition space... 


Shall we dance?

Vasco Araújo, Mulheres d’Apolo , 2010 Vidéo, couleur, son, 18'03 Courtesy Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbonne © Vasco Araújo
Hetain Patel, The Jump [part 1], 2015 Vidéo HD, couleur, son, 6'32 © Hetain Patel
Zbigniew Rybczynski, Tango , 1980 Film 35 mm, couleur, son, 8'16 SMFF Se-Ma-For Lodz, Pologne © Zbig Rybczynski / Zbig Vision
Agnès Varda, Salut les Cubains , 1963 Film 35 mm d'après photos argentiques noir et blanc, extrait de 2’11 (durée totale 30') © Agnès Varda / Ciné Tamaris
William Wegman, Stomach Song, 1970-1971 Film, noir et blanc, son, 1’20 (extrait de Reel 1, durée totale 30’12) Electronic Arts Intermix, New York © William Wegman / EAI
Tomoaki Suzuki, Hikage, 2017 Bois de tilleul sculpté et peint à l’acrylique 53.5 x 16 x 9.5 cm Corvi-Mora, Londres © Courtesy : The artist and Corvi-Mora, London ; photo Marcus Leith
William Forsythe, Towards the diagnostic gaze , 2013 Photo MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt © William Forsythe / Julian Gabriel Richter Nouvelle production prévue pour l'exposition On danse? 2019, pierre de Lens, plumeau
Éventail et chaussures de Mistinguett (1875-1956), France, Paris, entre 1920 et 1950 Bakélite et plume d’autruche, cuir recouvert de strass Mucem, Marseille © Mucem / Yves Inchierman
Ghetto Blaster, France, 1987 Bois, métal, matériaux synthétiques, graffé au marqueur et à la bombe aérosol Mucem, Marseille © Mucem / Yves Inchierman
Luc Moullet, Ma première brasse , 1982 Film 16mm noir et blanc, son, extrait de 4’ (durée totale 43'03) Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA) © Luc Moullet / Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA), 1982
Andrew Lampert, Fukuoka Boyfriend, 2016 Vidéo HD, couleur, son, 4'51 Electronic Arts Intermix, New York © Andrew Lampert / EAI
Aurélien Froment, Non-alignés (Hema Malini Sy/Daouda Ndao) , 2016 Vidéo HD, couleur, son, 8'43 © Aurélien Froment, Courtesy Marcelle Alix, Paris
Jérôme Bel, Shirtologie , 2015 Vidéo, couleur, son, 11’19 © R.B. Jérôme Bel
Cassils, 103 Shots , 2016 Vidéo, noir et blanc, son, 2’36 Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York © Cassils
Clément Cogitore, Les Indes galantes , 2017 Vidéo HD, couleur, son, 5’46 © Clément Cogitore / Adagp, Paris, 2019 / OnP / Les Films Pelléas
Maya Deren, Divine Horsemen : The Living Gods of Haiti , 1947-1951 Film 16mm, noir et blanc, son, extrait de 3’07 (durée totale 55') © Light Cone (Paris) & l'ayant-droit
Vincent Dupont, Air , 2017 Vidéo, couleur, son, 7’12 © Vincent Dupont, photo Vincent Bosc
Becky Edmunds, Have you started dancing yet? , 2004 Vidéo, couleur, son, extrait remonté de 28 secondes (durée totale 12'25) © Becky Edmunds
Alexander Ekman, Simkin and the City , 2012 Vidéo, couleur, son, 1'48 © Courtesy Alexander Ekman, Daniil Simkin and T.M. Rives.
William Forsythe, Lectures from Improvisation Technologies , 2011 Vidéo, couleur, son, 9'40 The Forsythe Company and ZKM, 2011 © Forsythe Productions
Tambour de chamane, Norvège, Laponie, fin du XIXe siècle Bois, peau, os, métal Mucem, Marseille © Mucem / Yves Inchierman

General information

Esplanade J4
7 promenade Robert Laffont 
13002 Marseille

+33 (0)4 84 35 13 13


Head Curator :

Emilie Girard, Head curator for Heritage and head of the collections department and documentary resources of the Mucem

Associate Curator :

Amélie Couillaud, independent curator

Scenography :

Cécile Degos


3 rue de Turbigo 75001 Paris
T. +33 1 42 72 60 01