That’s what work for me has always meant: a constant search, not only in the rehearsal process, but also in the performances themselves.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Read in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Work/Travail/Arbeid – Rosas & Ictus (2015) vol.1, edited by Elena Filipovic, p.40
Life is a beautiful sport (d’après une publicité vue sur la Place du Peule à Rome)
With special thanks to Hippolyt for sharing this with me 🙂
I had a look at the artist’s website and thought it was definitely worth seeing. But let me warn you that you might be overwhelmed by the sounds, quotes and pictures that appear as soon as you enter it: http://www.maurizionannucci.it/
31/10 & 01/11/2015
These 2 days of work à la Forsythe were tremendously inspirational for me. Surely challenging for the brain, and somewhat frustrating when I couldn’t keep up with the tempo or take in all information that were given. But that was mostly because we had very little time to do a lot of work. Brigel taught us some of the magic of choreographic composition – the art of listening, of responding to cues, some ways of creating patterns, of connecting movements and people in the space. By making us explore and set movements on a cross on the floor, he showed us how the mobility of the hips and pelvis are ‘the secret of humanity’. How the right and left hemispheres of the brain, left and right sides of the body set up oppositions that make any simple movement quite complex. Coordinating. Touching. Hips, shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, ears. Feeling. Connecting. And listening. Here is what all this looks like, embodied by a remarkable dancer:
‘Rite of Spring Extended’ by Palle Granhøj
I saw this performance at the Arena del Sole, as part of the Gender Bender Festival. In the beginning of the piece, I really enjoyed the series of rhythms that the dancers started beating with wood sticks, and then by clapping their hands. They were perfectly synchronised and built up a powerful background for each of their solos. Even if I found the rest of the show too explicit and dramatic (which was predictable, since it was based on the Rite of Spring), this clapping sequence was a really strong one for me. You can watch it by clicking on the following link, starting from 0:56
‘BiT’ by Maguy Marin – First show I saw at the Arena del Sole, in Bologna. I must say this piece surprised me. It started off in a pretty linear way, and then took some unexpected turns. But I liked it. There was a strong and consistent connection between the dancers as they held hands, and the journeys they took all over the stage space were very well imagined.
“Art is a trade of subjectivity.”
(L’art est un commerce de subjectivité.)
This is one of the many things I’ll remember from the Ultima Vez vocabulary workshop I took in Brussels this week. Thanks to Laura Aris!