Frédéric Nauczyciel

Frédéric Nauczyciel, still from A Baroque Ball

Born in 1968 in Paris, Frédéric Nauczyciel is a visual artist working in the fields of photography, video, performance and social practices. He lives and works between Paris, France, and Baltimore, USA. After graduating in finance, he trained with the American choreographer Andy Degroat, of whom he was the administrator. Working at the crossroads of image (photography, video) and movement (dance, performance), Nauczyciel seeks to create « spaces of celebration » that encompasses both the museum space and the stage, and that integrates an empowerment approach into its process. Since 2011, following his meeting with performers from the Baltimore and Paris ballroom scenes, he has been working in France and in the United States, drawing on the strength of amateur and urban performance practices such as voguing and marching bands. With the Studio House of HMU, which he created with his partners at the Centre Pompidou during a residency in 2013 (research grant from the Centre national des arts plastiques), he is developing an approach that compares urban and gender-based performative expressions with learned or traditional and rural expressions such as Britton dance and Baroque dance…He explores the practices as expert forms, and experiments with the idea of building ephemeral diverse communities and inclusive spaces of celebration in art through practice programs, transmission, education, and production of new forms as part of residencies: Centre Pompidou and Cité internationale des arts in Paris, Department of Seine-Saint-Denis, Ateliers Médicis in Clichy-Sous-Bois, Centre National de la Danse in Pantin, Marseille School of Fine Arts, and le Cube in Garges-Lès-Gonesse, France. Nauczyciel was made a Knight of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

A Baroque Ball (Shade)
The Ciné-Corps film A Baroque Ball (Shade) features 15 performers dancing to a Bach concerto in a baroque interpretation with clavichords.