MAKT session in Budapest
Mobile Academy of Dance Criticism is meetings of young people who write or want to write about dance. In Budapest it was third MAKT session – after Poznań and Lublin. I was at all the meetings and I think each is quite different – but we always have a lots of work and inspirational talks.
In this MAKT session were people from Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and Italy. It’s important that we can meet people from other countries who are also interested in dance, write about dance or are dancers. It’s important that we can talk to each other about dance in our countries. One day of our session we discussed about dance in Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. We talked about school for dancers, situations of dancers in our countries, most important place where dance evolve. We also watched fragments of video of performances – dance in our countries is really different, we have different forms and techniques.
In first and second day of our workshop we could meet with Tomáš Morávek – light designer who works with Márta Ladjánszki. Actually light is important element of performances.
It’s good that we could talk about light of festival performances. We had seen a lot of performances when lights was important but we didn’t know how to work light designer. We didn’t know also about technical possibilities. Tomáš helped us to understand this profession. We talked about meaning of lights in performances, about types of lights, colors, size. We analyzed scenes of performances where lights were used. In earlier MAKT session we met with different people – lecturers from Universities, critics and theorists. Theoretical knowledge is very important but also important were meetings with practices – not only dancers and choreographers. Meeting with Tomáš was inspiring because we pointed the attention to other elements in performance, not only movement.
Session in Budapest first of all gave us the opportunity to talk about watched performances – discussion the next day after seeing. We talked everyday. I think it’s very important because we can hear what other participants think about performances, what are their feelings and interpretations. Sometime after watching performances I have a doubt and I don’t know how to interpret some scene or movement. Discussion with other participants of MAKT gives me the opportunity to better understand the concept of artists. I can collate my feelings with feelings of other participants. After discussion it’s easier to write text about performance.
And the last work which we had to do – write text about performances. We divided the work – not all of us had to write about everything. We could choose performances and next write about it. It was very good experience because the texts are on the blog site and everybody can read it. It is dialogue with artists who can read interpretations of performances. If we want to be critics of dance we have to see performances and write about it – and this MAKT session was great exercise for this.
Why water and milk drops were showed on the front screen of the two projections at the beginning of the Invisible Reality? And why where they turned vertically? Why the choreographer used double video projection? Which one is the real dancer? The choreographer and live performer Catalina Carrasco or the performer in the video?
All these questions are too subjective to just answer them and accept it as fact. This is the beauty of our art, it gives the freedom for everyone to place the experience in her or his own life period. To solve problems, to find answers or to remember how petty-minded is to be lost in everyday problems when millions of emotions can be relived in this world, when time is running like a cheetah. That’s why Catalina’s partner Gaspar Morey who is responsible for the video and light design of the performance said in the frame of the open discussion after the show: „We don’t want to tell a story.”
Catalina starts and finishes with the beginning of a new life. A movement is always research of the body, which is endless, looking for new ways to express the thoughts of the soul. Between the live dancer Catalina Carrasco and the video dancer Susana Fuenmayor exists a special relationship. Catalina reflect to Susana, she follows her and understand her, sometimes left her, forget about their connection and go for her own way. She needs her as we need help in deep situations from a weird power, but in the same time she is strong and self-confident. Sometimes they are friends, sometimes they are the same person. Soul-mates with transparent bodies who need each other to be really visible.
Sometimes we are lost in images, like our mind in thoughts. We can see the tortuous brain of a woman, of our overloaded life rhythm. Everything is fast, no time to rethink and no time to value. Just go. Do it and fight. Nobody can help you, and nobody have to help you. You are alone in the dark, but your digital friend can help go over easier. Catalina’s dancing her own choreography is so real and honest. We can find sexuality and woman power in every movement and every breath. The power of giving a birth to a child. She is searching on the stage, looking for new challenges and ways to success like all of us. Every performance is different, like every evening when you can’t sleep because of combative problems in your mind or the elevating excitement of a new love. Never stop thinking. Just keep going to swim undercurrent like a fish, like Catalina.
All we have problems and fights, all we have emotions and so many desires, but just few of us can find a way how to manage them and success. To save your own inside world as a shelter and be able to believe sometimes that reality is invisible.
Echoes – fifth day of L1danceFest by Marta Seredyńska (Exercise for Choreography of Attention ‘Point of No Return’)
Dalija Aćin Thelander created a performance, which poses the questions about contemporary choreography. What is currently choreography? And the artist must be present on the stage during his performance? Author of Exercise for Choreography of Attention ‘Point of No Return’ created a vision and other action gave to the audience. Choreographer (or another person if it is absent) explains only to the audience rules of performance. Next the audience enters the room.
The room looks like raining room. The floor is white and on the wall hang mirrors. In the middle of the floor lies a few books. Each participant of the performance have to read one book. When participant finish reading, next person can read it. There isn’t limit of time.
Everybody can read as much as they want.
In the book I can find history of a girl and a wolf. I think that construction of this book is very good. It have storyline, pictures and stage directions, which have the tasks for participants of performance. Decision about how to read is taken individually.
Most of the audience read very carefully. Part of the audience only view – perhaps they are already tired. Part of the audience (who don’t read) lie on the floor, sleep or relax. In the middle of the room stands a chair. One woman sit on it and read in this position. Maybe this is most comfortable for her?
One man read the book and walk. He walk around the room and doesn’t stop. When he finish reading, he put the book on the floor – but he still walk. He watches pictures in this room and tries to play on the piano. He is very active and at the end he start dance. That is his small performance. He is main actor of this performance.
Performance will end when everybody finish read the book. Part of the audience, which finished reading, wait for other. Who will be the last? It is also performance – finish read the last.
In the book are exercises for the audience. But the audience only read, nothing more. Collective choreography didn’t formed in this evening. But each of us created choreography because choreography in this performance is every small movement which we perform. This is our choreography. But it was only exercise.
We are going to the room and we see two artist – man and woman. They are very friendly, welcome and smile for the audience. It is interactive performance and the audience is one part of them.
Both of artists – man and woman – have similar clothes. They are dressed in green shorts, pink shirts and sneakers. Shorts are very characteristic clothes for men and pink color is characteristic color for women. It is very interesting that the artists are dressed characteristic for both of sex – it is gender performance?
We sit down on the chairs which are arranged in a quadrat – in the middle are the artists and they begin their training. They perform a lot of energetic movements – fast walking and jumping. After they are tired and go out of the room. This is the end?
No, for short release they come back to the room. But they aren’t alone – they have a big cake. They sing at the same time: O my love, my darling… – very popular song. It is very beautiful scene and I think that they have very good voices. Next performer say that for us and we begin sharing of this cake. It is good surprise for us! In this time they train again.
When they are near for each other and they touch the lips (I though that they will kiss), they begin sing melody of Lady Gaga – Bad Romance. It is very funny scene. They sing and dance very near each other. It is very interesting scene and relationship of sound and movement.
In next scene artists give to us also coffee. It look like meeting friends. But performance still continues.
Interesting is scene when performers sit down on the floor, on colored material. It look like picnic. Performers show us different photos – for instance Yoko Ono, penguins, worms and Brangelina – join of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (in one person!). It is very loose talk with the audience about this photos – it is very good and interactive scene.
Next performer overlapping this material and we don’t see their – we see strange creature. But it is next interaction with the audience – artists touch us and put on us. It is very good experiment of humans touch.
In the end woman writes whipped cream on the floor two words – yes and no and paints the line between them. Maybe we should choose – it is good performance or not? I think everybody say: YES!
Circus on dance festival? Why not! Rapid Eye from Denmark extends the dance theater to the concept of the new circus and theater object. The main thing which connecting this different types of theater is the body. In Quiproquo one of the most important thing were a magic tricks, which weren`t use for win over audience`s sympathy but for extension choreography. This piece consists of small, separate stories, pictures which are sticked by magic tricks into a compositional whole.
Artists use the four requisites: bricks, metal ball, wooden sticks and two long bamboo sticks. These objects in their hands regain second life. They didn’t use them traditionally. Set in motion objects lengthened the duration of moves and made soften the transition between one image created by artist to the other.
A similar task served a music. Performed live by Sture Ericson on theremin, an electronic instrument whose sound was modulated by moving hands around one of the antennas. The music was improvised, followed the movements of the dancers. Composer using the sounds of "everyday" items created ready-made music. The song was amazing resilient, variable tempo and scale of the sound. Music served as a narrator describing sometimes more vividly than in reality. Sometimes movement of composer/performer (his funny hand-shaking movements, which create entirely new sounds) was even more interesting than the dancers. But together the trio created a well synchronized and complement each other.
Rapid Eye fights with stereotype of circus, which most of us have been encoded in our heads from childhood. A idea of contemporary circus presenting theatre from Denmark is based on storytelling. As I wrote before the whole piece consists of several stories, some funny, and some beautiful and melancholic. Scene engraved in my memory, was the moment when from wooden planks artists created a raft, and together sailed through the music played on the saxophone crafted. Feature of a contemporary
circus is also coming out of a circus tent. Spectacle "Quiproquo" was placed in the historic hall of The Castle Theatre from 18th century, which was finding very well, although in theory shouldn`t fit into it. The two actors resemble two handymen form of Czechoslovak cartoon Pat & Mat placed in this space seem even more comical. Lost, creating your own world in this strange place for themselves. Rapid eye convinced that the circus can be one of the arts. They cleared circus with gimmicks, which was the most common feature of old circus. They did not try to fake the audience, not trying to deceive them. They unintentionally bewitched audience by beautiful images, not forced comic and great music. You can really fall in love this performance.
Gunilla Heilborn in collaboration with the performers: Krstina Vilala, Johan Thelander
From the end// This is not a love story
During L1dancefest2013 we could experienced large palette of scenic possibilities and bodily researches. The one word is going to well sum up that event – diversity. So many different artistic ideas has been showed, so many new testes could be discovered, bodily experiments perceived.
Some formal dominate could totally changed dimension of show and perception by views. Body composed in white space, or two men in black space, every chosen stayed behind someone taste, expression and need. No definitive solutions. Somewhere between performance, plastic theatre, dance theatre, physical theatre, ritual; every of them were exploding body's medium, their weight, mobility, place in space and time.
When the stage disappear, the space is appeared. Someone personal imagination starts contact with us. I start to write like people who in past times, in XVII century has discovered as called Italian scene. Many of theatre lovers blamed that idea, for closing theatre for long time in box, for limits of men's mind, because of a gift of the world who was just full with illusion, and no place for ear, for some touch of open minding truth.
During show: This is not a love story, I had feelings nearly small girl who with so much excitations watching some fairy tales. In spite fact, I am not a small girl, and story is rather fairy direct to adult man.
So... not so long time ago...I have experienced noisy storm and a lot of white light. That was at the beginning. But before that at the stage by long time was standing huge slogan with irritating us message which was put in title of piece. Soon we will seen nothing more like story without happy end. No enormous power of love, no big heroes, maybe also at this time we will not find any broken hearts. Just simple story about two people who are just meeting. I was afraid that I meet naïve love story as many I have seen in my life.
But noise of storm return my thinkings to other point. My body was surprised and a little shocked in spite of conviction of imagined situation.
Story. Story about two people. About two world who starts being near and more near each other. They wants to be close but nothing with force. Force is in nature, only in that storm. Is force nature of love? Of course. Of course not.
I start here/ I start here/ I start here
There was a couple, dresses in big white flower designed on their black T-shirts. If they were together? They dancing together, but still cannot be unity. Unity is a big word. I am not so sure about it reel existence. But love likes requirement for such words. What I have found there is no idea of love, but trying to be close each other, to respect their different spaces, being together in some part of their life.
I start here. I start here.
I hear you. I feel you. May I can start here. Time at stage was concentrated and close us. Like human time, which dancers sharing with us; time was divided into small pieces, who decide about us. No big words, but small steps, movements, changes.
What is about a story who needs big words describing aspirations of one men, who wants to discover North Pole? History is changing for us twice. It depends on how is present. Our perception is changing when we see the small photo, and we listening the story of that men; also other things happening to us when artist use big photo of that men. Story always is far from us, but face's picture who is on huge size poster has other dimension, more distance, more valid and neutral in the same time.
Men's dreams has not come true. Now the discover of North Pole is known under the other name. Which one? If anyone cares who discovered that part of Earth? In one part of show the petite blonde women, with charming voice, asking us about question's value?
When we want to speak about love, very often we should speak about death. Many philosophers used to put these main human condition close to each other, at the same level, at the same line.
Big question, sweating people trying get to the life some kind od sens. Some of them could say: life has meaning in itself? Who has the right? Them? Our heroes do not answer for such questions. They just creating world in which every movement, rhythm, history has own value. Sometimes they brings each other, other time they dancing the same repertoire of movement. At their faces I could not see the difference when they were speaking about love or their death, which will come in short time because an accident. I have not felt sad, because also they were not sad. That was the life. And watching them with distance I accepted what there were giving to me.
I have found there a lot of poetry. Presence of performers also was very well constructed. I was feeling how easy they can come out and coming back to their character: concentartion and free passage between them.
Many things, also a lot os sense of humor, we could found in plots, rhythm, costumes, music, scenography and so seducing restraint of performer; love, humanity, hope, death, being together, the way of saying worlds.
I agree that piece we were watching like movie in atmosphere of scandinavian aesthetics. I was really calm and in so easy way I will say: I really enjoyed that show, every level seemed to be so well prepared.
It was on Sunday evening. So nothing strange that after show all festival's family has gathered in front of big table, with great foods, good wine, and no strict atmosphere.
What I really need to underline, as an deeply observer of Critics's group, curator of Festival Marta Ladjanszki, wanted to keep an artists for all festival. In fact almost them were staying in Budapest by since the end of event, attending for shows and also being important part of discussions which taking part after every spectacles.
In that way festivals like an idea of sharing the ideas of performances's creations, as also of viewer's perceptions, such possibility of being in the same time in atmosphere of art's curiosity, has very important meaning for participants and of course for art's researches.
|fotó: Vida Gusztáv|