Modul-dance experience. By Helena Franzén

In 2011 I was privileged to be selected by modul-dance to create the performance Slipping Through My Fingers which premiered at Dansens Hus in Stockholm in September 2012.

In this project I deepened my collaboration with three dancers I have worked with for some years now; Katarina Eriksson, Moa Westerlund and Aleksandra Sende, but I also introduced a new dancer to the group; Elizaveta Penkova.

By my side was also Jukka Rintamäki, the composer I have worked closely together with for the last nine years. This time we were happy to invite Johan Skugge, a composer collaborating with Jukka. The duo performed live on stage, playing lap steel guitar and piano, combined with pre-recorded sound.

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Angie Hiesl & Roland Kaiser’s “ID-Clash”. Review by Dr. Mattias Däumer

Angie Hiesl & Roland Kaiser_ID-clash_Cologne 2013_© Roland Kaiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Description

The performance is in the form of a circuit situated in a horticultural nursery on the outskirts of Cologne. The circuit consists of three buildings whose interiors are divided and semanticised during the course of the performance: a big, brick-walled greenhouse, a small glass greenhouse and a hothouse with a solid sliding door and side sheets. These buildings are at right angles to one another, with the small glass greenhouse, about 2x3m, at the intersection.

The performance begins at the front of the large brick greenhouse. The five female performers – all “experts in everyday life” – plant flowerpots lined on a trolley, each bearing a sign. On each pot is a label for different gender identities, key concepts of gender studies, names from queer culture, general expressions of uncertainty, symbols and lettering in Bengali. Each of the small flowerpots is planted together with a colourful piece of candy: “Take a goody – take a fixation”, the installation seems to say, “Both are sweet – and neither are natural”. Read more of this post

Modul-dance experience. By Ioannis Mandafounis & May Zahry

Ioannis Mandafounis & May Zahry_Pausing © Emmanuelle Bayart (5)Developing our piece Pausing within the context of modul-dance has been a significant experience for us. As in our work, we are always interested in sharing voices through collaboration, we found this context of modul-dance somehow corresponding to this desire – a group of dance houses collaborating in order to bring forward an idea and allow creation to emerge.

Specifically for us, during the creation we went through the residencies in the Duncan Center in Athens and Graner in Barcelona- places which without the frame of modul-dance would be difficult to get to. The two houses were extremely inspiring and rich for the work – the space in Duncan center as well as its amazing surrounding and atmosphere which Penelope nurtures had an essential impact on the process. Also the possibility to meet other artists and share like our meeting with the other residents at that time – Marcos and Pablo has been super inspiring and simply joyful. Read more of this post

Modul-dance experience. By Agata Mazskiewicz

Agata Maszkiewicz_Duel_© Peter Fiebig (5)My first encounter with the modul-dance network was in November 2012 in Barcelona when I presented my work and the idea of the piece Duel. I was trumphally pregnant at that time so I new that if I want to create that show I would really need some support. My budget was ridicoulously small and on top I wished to check for the first time how it is to direct the others without being at the same time a performer (regarding my condition but as well in order to change the way I used to work). And thanks to the modul-dance network I managed. Read more of this post

“I is an Other” by Arno Schuitemaker Reviews

On 17th April Arno Schuitemaker premiered his modul-dance project “I is an Other” at Chassé Theatre in Breda. Here, some of the good reviews he got:

Arno Schuitemaker_I is an Other © Jochem Jurgens (2)

The climax [of the performance] is smart and touching. (…) Then you see how there can be a dialogue, a shared universe, between two different worlds. Exactly what a metaphor does – Mirjam van der Linden, De Volkskrant (4/5 stars)

The choreography of Schuitemaker is transparant and unimposing, almost poetry, (…) with subtle lines, flowing movements and inventive reflections between the ‘I’ and the ‘other’ – Kester Freriks, Theaterkrant.nl (4/5 stars)

Utmost concentration and extreme control over the entire body. And the audience becomes thoughtful and enchanted. – Joris van Laak, Brabants Dagblad

I is an Other is a breath of fresh air. Schuitemaker chooses for depth and content. – Pauline Weijs, Cultuurbewust.nl (4/5 stars)

Emma Martin’s “Tundra”

Emma Martin_Tundra Luca Truffarelli © Emma Martin Dance 2014 (1)Tundra

In a nameless land, where there’s more darkness than daylight…he sat in the long white hut, at the table, tapping /his mother sat at the back of his mouth and the black sun was born/ the black sun was born

Tundra is a wild and dangerous place inhabited by a cast of outsiders, where tension and absurdity simmer and the unseen world stirs. Reality and fantasy blur as the characters meet their darker selves and strive to escape to an imagined future filled with hope and possibility.

Summoning beauty and transformation, Tundra explores the antagonistic relations between darkness and light and the poetry of heaven and hell erupting in and around all of us, via folklore and surrealist cinema. Emma Martin Dance presents a bold and ambitious show which will open the 10th Dublin Dance Festival, featuring an exciting blend of theatre, live music and dance.

Emma Martin’s project (2)

Emma Martin_Tundra © Luca Truffarelli (2)

“A nameless land, where there’s more darkness than daylight …”

(“Tundra” by Emma Martin DanceDublin Dance Festival, May 2014)

Photo by Luca Truffarelli/ © Emma Martin Dance 2014

Emma Martin’s project (1)

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He got his strength up flush and in full glitter…” 

(“Tundra” by Emma Martin DanceDublin Dance Festival, May 2014)

Photo by Luca Truffarelli/ © Emma Martin Dance 2014

A new modul-dance premiere

A new modul-dance creation will open in two days at Mercat de les Flors. Marcos Morau, modul-dance 2011 selected artist and his company La Veronal, want to make Siena a place where the body is the center of the stage, as a container and deposit the same way that man first became the center of the world in Florence on XIV century. The work engages aesthetically with the election peripheral flash surrounding the body carried on the scene. We will see a steady build-up, a clearly, gradual transformation of bodies on stage.