Vertiginously close? Can proximity cause vertigo?
It can. When the North Pole comes so close as to touch the South Pole, the earth disappears and man finds himself in a void that makes his head spin and beckons him to fall.
(Milan Kunderafs gThe Unbearable Lightness of Beingh)
Alicia Soto | Horjarasca from Spain and post theater [new york / berlin / tokyo] joined forces for this interdisciplinary dance performance. Choreographer Alicia Soto, media-artists Hiroko Tanahashi and Max Schumacher collaborated on this explorations of gravity. What can this physical force mean beyond physics? Gravity provides us with orientation, but also limits us by pulling us down to the ground. When we are in zero-gravity, the idea of top and bottom vanishes. Freedom, anxiety and disconnection to reality meet when we leave the world that we take for granted.
In Super Gravity Zero Gravity both performers and the audience lose their orientation and their sense of reality: live performers interact with projected performers and live movement meets video art in the gGravity Boxh. This installation combines live video art and pre-produced video images by arranging performance spaces and video screens in unusual relationship to each other. This allows the dancers to perform in zero gravity and new dimensions for the choreography.
Conventional concepts such as gheavinessh andglightnessh or gtoph and gbottomh are challenged in this performance. What are the chances and what are the dangers of a world without orientation? Artistic direction and dramaturgy: Alicia Soto, Hiroko Tanahashi, Max Schumacher
Work-in-Progress Preview: May 19th, 2009 at Tacheles, Berlin
With a public discussion on how media arts can challenge choreography. http://www.hojarasca-danza.com
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