Our initial point is a video of a man playing with his dog in a park. The video is a very rough handy-cam video that is filmed from far away in a flat park-ground in Cologne. What caught our interest about it was the level of abstraction that was reached by the distance the video was filmed. The movements of the owner and the dog become a kind of dance through the perspective of the camera.
Now, we reenact: We zoom into a simple scene of dance and examine it.
in loop 20 min.
with and by: Özlem Alkis and Neele Hülcker
Co-produced and presented by Akademie der Künste in Berlin
The ReVerbs performance is based on rhythmical durations of the expansion and repetition of a gesture, which, through progressive resumption is intensified and grows sharply. In the absence of the music, the body creates its own supple and resonant reality. A reality that fits closely on each simultaneity of gestures, keeping the time of its evolution. A resonant thought is just a viewpoint on a relation that opens and closes itself successively, in order to re-engage its interior sense of time of getting closer or, on the opposite, farer away. A head bends in order to find its balance in the pair head. Then the head raises and fixes itself in its own body, as if it would not have had a support head next to it. The heads follow their individual track and become again what they used to be at the beginning: all-alone heads. The sounds are layering and find the space of alternation in their proximity to the wall, floor and concrete. The performance unites and separates the bodies that temporize, each in its own rhythm a common space of connection. The intimate space grows and gets out of the room. It enters public space, social spaces of intervention where the reality has a different tempo. The devices of the presence (sound, part of the body, public space) are resonating as if they were separate parts of a story with different rhythmical roots. When one does not hear the bodies anymore, the space between them is being heard.
Choreography and Concept: Özlem Alkis in collaboration with Vlaicu Golcea
Performance: Jennifer Döring, Clara Marie Müller, Philine Herrlein, Özlem Alkis
Music and musical score: Vlaicu Golcea
Video: Andrei Gâțu
Animation: Mihai Păcurar
Supported by: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfallen
Co-operation: Coocondance, ehrenfeldstudios, Vlaicu Golcea
Production: Gabriela Tudor Foundation in the frame of E-Motional Bodies & Cities (http://www.e-motional.eu) funded by Culture 2007-2013 programme of the EU, National Dance Centre Bucharest