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Émilie Pitoiset

Press release

Émilie Pitoiset – Maniac

Maniac is an exhibition inspired by a theme that has fascinated Émilie for a longtime: the violence engendered by dance marathons. During the Great Depression in1929 couples were dancing together until exhaustion, in exchange for money. Those contests were taking place in front of a public which could bet on their favorite couple under the supervision of a jury. This phenomena was a real success story of popular culture: some dancers went beyond their limits and were dancing for months on end, and the audience followed it just as a reality show, day and night. Pitoiset associated this crisis phenomenon with the 1980s and the cold war period,with the discovery of AIDS and the rise of conservative governments, corresponding to tougher social and personal relationships and heralding the advent of our neoliberal era.