‘Soirée d’études’ explores the rich vocabulary of House dance in an ever-evolving and expanding series of studies. In this piece, Cassiel Gaube expands the research set out in his solo ‘Farmer Train Swirl – Étude’.
An étude, in the musical sense of the word, is a composition designed to explore the possibilities of a particular technique and to experiment with it, which is similar to the way House dance is practised. Drawing from recognised moves, the dancer looks for variations of these steps and for inventive ways of articulating them. This common knowledge allows people to read each other’s movements. Together with dancers experienced in Street dance, Gaube seeks to reveal the literacy that this practice requires and conveys.