What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today

Berlin in August is already blessed with its annual festival ‘Tanz im August‘, so this year it coincidences with the just opened show What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today at the AdK in the Hansaviertel. It brings together an exhibition with performances and discourse conceived to review a ‘century of dance’. Enough material to […] Read More

interpassivity – appifying interaction

Barely have I redirected here to other articles in full length – yet reading Svitlana Matviyenko’s article “Interpassive User: Complicity and the Returns of Cybernetics” in The Fiberculture Journal provided such insight through its interweaving of strands of thought. Her article incites reading as a pleasure, by displaying a choreography in entangled thinking that acts […] Read More

Pavement

UPDATE 20.Nov: See here for a review in the Guardian. A.I.M.’s piece Pavement is a gem, a real ‘must see’, in interdisciplinary choreography. While I was visiting with little more pre-information than that I liked the posters of street dance I was surprised by the layering of it with classical elements. The dance clearly starts […] Read More

Dance and Finance—Social Kinesthetics and Derivative Logics

UPDATE 04/2017: In an interesting essay Mckenzie Wark examines the work of Randy Martin mainly focusing on Martin’s Knowledge LTD: Towards a Social Logic of the Derivative (2015). Wark shows how Martin’s reading of postmodern dance and his understanding of social kinesthetics illuminate our current political-economic situation better than traditional commodity-based Marxist theories, as pointed […] Read More

Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown – amazing and iconic figure in the arts, dance and explorer of movement died four days ago. NYT obituary – and just found: a detailed description especially on her early work in The Guardian together with a video of re-enactment of some of these works. And a good explanation for what her work […] Read More

.. and yet things moves …

.. hot wax, plaster, some white powder, colored water and presumably a lot of air not only to breathe, but to activate the instruments, were the main ingredients of Miet Warlop’s rock spectacle (or opera?) “Fruits of Labor”. There is glitter, 60s look and 70s hairstyle wigs, there is guitar play, bass and drumming, Jesus […] Read More

The Thing and the body

… or the difference between entanglement and entrapment. It starts with a blue lit up mesh ball, first just sitting there, then softly animated through the movement of a breathing body. This thing seems to be even livelier than the laying figure of the dancer below it. Everything is black, the floor, the surrounding and […] Read More

The battle that does not need to be won …

HAU 2, 3.12.2016 A composition of pieces and elements could also be described what Ian Kaler presents as the third part of the o.T. series, this time subtitled (incipient futures). Though in this case, rather than fostering the sensation of a linear development the parts appear interwoven, and brought to life based on a complex […] Read More

Pieces and Elements

“We are approaching an oscillation between organism, apparatus, sensuality and hybrid matter.” from the invitation card for the dance piece Pieces and Elements by Isabelle Schad at the HAU Berlin, 28.11.2016 On entering the HAU 2, a medium sized black box theater with about 15 rows of cascading seating, an slightly elevated area covering most […] Read More

Drawn into DrawnOnward

Concepted by Jeremy Wade DrawnOnward is a collaboration with the choreographer Juli Reinartz, musician and co-performer Marc Lohr, writer John-Erik Jordan, costume designer Grzegorz Matlag and dramaturge Maximilian Haas. Or according to the acceleration from the leaflet: DrawnOnward is a possibility engine, an everything you need kind of machine. Drawn- Onward is a process of […] Read More

Blurring as affect on the nervous system

Affirmatively watching a dance piece will affect your mirror neurons subconsciously, but there are works which obviously address an even deeper level than seeing motion sequences. Pieces like Kat Valastur’s Oh! Deep sea-corpus III, where a stroboscopic effect evoked through flickering light seemed to cut the visual into a series of adjunct film frames. Or […] Read More

Organs with limbs

Isabelle Schad’s ‘Collective Jumps’ is an ambitious dance piece offering refreshingly unexpected views. But after its premiere last November I was hesitant to write about it as I could not come to terms with some ambiguous impressions gained. Parts of it did not make an easy fit into the progressive frame of the work’s presentation […] Read More