Dust Devil is a type of a light whirling wind; a natural phenomenon that in some cultures it is also associated with the spirits of the dead.
How could an image, myth, a natural phenomenon, physics transmits into a dance?
Alkis examines a weather phenomenon based on bodily explorations. Images and sounds, silence and movement arise from and with the dancers’ bodies. They are at the same time wind and leaves, storm showers and wood creaking, roaring waves, howling spirits and cloud machines. They breathe, blow, suck, roar, sing and dance the natural phenomena. With the voice score of Rafael Nassif, movement and sound merge to one another, it creates a visual and acoustic landscapes.
Concept, Project Direction, Choreography: Özlem Alkis
in Collaboration with(dancers): Jennifer Döring, Susanne Schneider, Karoline Strys
Musical Concept/Musical Direction: Rafael Nassif
Mentor: Katarina Kleinschmidt
Photos: Ursula Kaufmann
“Dust Devil” is premiered in the frame of Borderlands Project of NovaTanz.
supported by: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein Westfalen, Tanzfaktur
Dust Devil research process is supported by: SK Stiftung Kultur, European Network-Studiotrade, Sprungbrett – tanz nrw ’15, Akademie der Künste Berlin