Saturday, 7 November 2009

Rite of Spring

I suddenly remembered a production of Stravinski's ballet Rite of Spring which I saw more than 20 years ago. What was really interesting about that production was that it consisted of a sequence of short solos by different dancers (perhaps there were a few duos in there). I rememebr that is was very powerful with the choreography of each short section very impressive (I still remember the experience).
The reason I mention it here is that it is possible to have a powerful, dynamic performance based on dance solos. In the last meeting I observed (and I think some agreed) that the individual contributions are good but the interaction between the dancers is less strong. We didn't really consider the option of embracing the one-dancer-at-a-time option at all. Maybe it's not for us, maybe it's not for this piece. But, I think, we should give this option a thought.
I was hoping to find some documentation of the preformance I saw somewhere (and I might still trace it) but in the meantime I found this:

3 comments:

Paul said...

Oded.

This is exactly what I was talking about and in fact there is one scene of Katsura on a stairwell in Goettleborn outside where I was attempting an interactive version of the same effect.

The split screen images - none of which are significant in themselves and the interplay between different images breaking into triptychs and back again is exactly the way I think the images might work.

In the live performance, I think the additional element is the interplay between this image grouping or image object and the live performer. The problems are - creating a meaningful interactivity between the recorded images and the
the live dancer through establishing an interactive instrument which the dancer plays while dancing and in which she creates a dialogue between him/herself and the images

katsurabbit said...

Hi Oded,

The video is cool. I love it.

This is highly choreographed and precisely calculated work, which takes lots of attempts and time. It also needs a director/ choreogrpher who is directing each dancer from outside. Here I see quite a few things that are missing from DAP Lab.

However, if we have a few screens and Paul or someone is responsible for creating all these images, it would be possible to have some composition between the images.

In order to create interaction (not only with technology) between the images and live performers, we could start from setting up some simple rules, for example if dancerA sees this object in image, dancerA has to do this movement etc. By doing this, choreographed image can direct performers, then the whole event become choreographed too, perhaps.

Even this way, we need a choreographer who directs images and performers.

Do we have any? Or is this what the lab wants?

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