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THE COMPANY

Created in 2022, TACKY Productions strives to produce shows combining dance with different artistic practices, such as physical theatre, comedy or clown, and artistic whip-cracking, in order to achieve quirky and unusual results.

The board of the Association is comprised of:

Aurélie Petit - President

Arianne Torné - Secretary

Joël Tuberosa - Treasurer

COLLABORATORS

Sophie Ammann - Choreographer, performer

Sophie Ammann is a dancer and choreographer based in Geneva, Switzerland. She completed her dance training at the Tanz Akademie Zürich, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Ballet Junior de Genève. Equally interested in offbeat artistic practices, Sophie has studied the art of clowning with teachers such as Hervé Langlois, Alexandra Gentile, Hélène Vieilletoile, Bruno Krief and Aitor Basauri. She learned artistic whipcracking from Guinness World Record holder Sylvia Rosat, and fire eating with professional fire instructor Tom Makinson.

In September 2021, she was commissioned by Festival Antigel to create a site-specific performance for the opening of the new ecoquartier Belle-Terre in Geneva CH. She created and performed the solo Bombe Divine Super Merveilleuse (Brazenly Divine Super Marvel). Since then, it has been performed several times in Switzerland, including at the Théâtre de la Parfumerie for the Cabaret des Amis Savoureux, for the Scène Danse of La Fête de la Musique, the Fête du Théâtre 2022, the Printemps de la Danse 2023, and the national tour for the Fête de la Danse, organised by RESO - Réseau Danse Suisse, among others. Internationally, the piece was selected by the Gothenburg Fringe Festival and the Stockholm Fringe Festival - STOFF for the 2022 editions, and was nominated for the Catania & Milano OFF Award 2023 by STOFF. The piece will soon tour in Iceland for the Reykjavik Fringe Festival 2023, and in La Chaux-De-Fonds for the Plage des Six Pompes 2023.

Sophie is also choreographer of the company Jo & Alex Productions, alongside Pauline Raineri. Together, they created and performed the duet Femmosité, which was supported by the program “Dance & Dramaturgy”, an initiative of Théâtre Sévelin 36 in collaboration with Pro Helvetia - Swiss Cultural Foundation. The piece premiered in December 2019 at the Théâtre de l’Usine, Geneva CH, and then toured at Théâtre de l’Oriental in Vevey CH, as part of the Festival Les Chorégraphiques and the Scène Danse Fête de la Musique in Geneva CH. Their next collaboration JO & ALEX is scheduled for 2023/2024. In August 2021, Sophie co-created and performed the duet Sink with Erin O’Reilly at the Bain des Pâquis, as part of the Program DanceIn in Geneva CH. The piece was again performed as part of the “Aubes Musicales” in August 2022. From 2015 to 2018, she was co-artistic director of the collective Junebug Company with Erin O’Reilly and Rosanne Briens, with whom she co-signed and performed works from in Switzerland and abroad, including at the Théâtre de la Parfumerie (CH), Echo Echo Festival of Movement Derry (UK), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK), Festival Electron (CH), among others.

Alongside creating and performing her own work, she regularly works as a dancer/actor with different artists, such as choreographer Marie-Caroline Hominal, Cie STT (Delphine Lanza & Dorian Rossel), Woman’s Move (CH), (LA)HORDE, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Beaver Dam Company / Edouard Hue.

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Erin O'Reilly - Co-choreographer and performer, creation SINK

Born in California in 1991, Erin O'Reilly first studied ballet before joining the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, where she turned to contemporary dance at the age of 18. After two years in New York, driven by her curiosity about Europe, she joined the Ballet Junior de Genève in 2012.

 

At the end of this training she created and managed choreographic pieces with Junebug Company, Sophie Ammann and Rosanne Briens. From 2015 to 2017 O'Reilly is active in the company, with short pieces Harmony in Blues, Two Blue and Carte Blanche, presented at Plate-forme InciDanse in Fribourg, Mottatom in Geneva, Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and 16th Street Musicians Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia. Their full-length piece WICCA premiered at Théâtre de la Parfumerie in 2017 and was invited to tour the UK for Echo Echo Festival for Dance and Movement in Derry, Northern Ireland. Their projects are supported by the City of Geneva, Republic and Canton of Geneva, Corodis, SIG, Fluxum Foundation, Loterie Romande, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fondation Emilie Gourd, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, and Swiss Cultural Fund UK.

 

Alongside her work with Junebug, O'Reilly performs for Geneva-based choreographers Laura Tanner, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Pauline Raineri, Marion Baeriswyl, Mike Winter, Edouard Hue, La Ribot and Ioannis Mandafounis, as well as international companies and choreographers James Finnemore (UK), Brokentalkers Theatre Company (IE), Yotam Peled (DE) and Mark Lorimer (UK/BE/FR).

In 2021 she will join the Danse(in) team, a cultural mediation project organised by Mélanie Fréguin in collaboration with the Tattes and Centre Rigot collective housing centres. Danse(in) welcomes residents of these homes for artistic workshops, with exhibitions and performances in various cultural venues in Geneva, including the Ariana Museum and the Bains des Pâquis. Commissioned by Danse(in), she created the duet Sink in collaboration with Sophie Ammann for the summer 2021 cultural programme at the Bains des Pâquis. The duet was then reprogrammed for the Aubes Musicales at the Bains des Pâquis in 2022.

With Isabelle Schramm, she co-choreographed the music video for Genevan singer/musician Gaspard Sommer's "Video Club". Erin also collaborated on the music videos "Thunder Cry" by We Are Interview (Geneva), and "Joie de Vivre" by Mongoose (Dublin IE).

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Laurent Schaer - Light design and technical director

Born in 1977 in Fribourg (Switzerland).

Moved to Geneva and graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003.

At the same time, he developed a versatile technical activity, taking part in numerous theatrical and musical projects.

From September 2003 to August 2012, he was lighting manager at the Usine à Gaz (Nyon/CH).

Specialising in lighting and video, he keeps a particularly close ear to the world of music.

He is currently devoting himself to creation, while also carrying out various tour management and technical direction mandates.

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