Being a contemporary dance curator sounds like a dream job to me. You travel from one festival to another seeing the best (or at least some good) dance performances all over the world and decide which one to invite to your own theater. Since I don’t own a theater myself and maybe lack a little bit of expertise for being hired from one to do that, I can at leasr speak to a person who is actually living their (and my) dream. Peter Pleyer, dance co-curator of the Sophiensæle is a well known flamboyant personality from the contemporary dance scene in town. For his recent project: Gemischtes Doppel he and Franziska Werner, the artistic director of Sophiensæle, just decided to bring together all their favorite dance pieces they saw in several festivals. Rather than being a proper dance festival with a topic or a general concept Gemischtes Doppel is his personal best-of playlist of 2012 and 2013. After the jump he gives us a personal introduction to his selection.
“To collect photographs is to collect the world,” says Susan Sontag in her essay On Photography. With digital photography and web applications like Instragram this statement seems even more concrete and even more dangerous. The constant creating of images is also an attempt to depict a subjectiv reality. The camera and its voyeuristic function is the theme of the dance piece “Schau mich an und lächle” at the Theater im Aufbauhaus. Based on Susan Sontag essay the Kinetic Dance Company explores the power, beauty and brutality of photography. Find out the dates and the address after the jump.
At the end of last week Halloween sort of came back again unexpectedly with a special haunted house performance titled fernsehensüchtig by Justin Kennedy at the parish hall of the church at Immanuelkirchstrasse. Unlike most of the rather less scary haunted houses that I have seen at and around Halloween, this one was quite different, very elaborate with many different scenes, actors and performers, and truly scary and disturbing. Obviously a large portion of the walk-though performance took place in darkness or with very little lighting, so I was forced to photograph with flash which might take a bit away from the actual atmosphere in the pictures. Nevertheless I would like to give you a small tour of this crazy haunted house with some photos and a couple of GIF animations. Hold your breath and walk into the darkness after the jump.
After my religious Halloween costume I was totally in the mood for a religious fashion film this week. The impressive new film G(o)od + (D)evil by Chris Turner for Twenty6 Magazine is just the right thing. Enjoy diabolic dance moves and holy fashion after jump.
Today in our Cinéma de Mode we have an amazing fashion film directed by Paul Gore for Test Magazine and British Menswear designer Martine Rose. It’s a really impressive dance performance that includes classical ballet dance, breakdance, modern dance, contortion and some kickboxing moves. Even though the video is shot in a way you wouldn’t notice it, the dance performance is actually done by 6 different guys. Very nifty! Enjoy after the jump.
Swiss young designer and former UdK graguate Julian Zigerli always finds some great and creative ways of presenting his menswear collections. For his new Spring Summer 2013 collection he shot an amazing fashion film with 4 dancers performing at some old airport somewhere in the mountains of Switzerland. Awesome! Enjoy the film My Daddy Was A Military Pilot shot by Julia Brütsch after the jump.
How do you bring a hot naked guy together with crazy avant-garde fashion in one movie? The fashion film Gaping Void by director Konstantinos Menelaou gives an answer to this question after the jump.
What a joy: Wim Wender’s PINA is nominated for an Oscar award in the documentary category. Although the Oscars aren’t necessarily a symbol of artistic quality to me, I can’t deny a certain interest in those films that made it onto the short list of nominations. And PINA would actually deserve the award. On the occassion of this nomination, I’ll write about PINA and other wonderful documentaries focussing on dance this week.
This week is hardcore in many ways. A documentary festival movie (that’s hardcore if you prefer romcoms), a modern dance piece (that’s hardcore if you prefer going to the movies), a fashion fatwalk (no beauties and no skinny models here!), and a cabaret of art and hardcore fetish (that is hardcore probably for everyone…). The hardcore events (and some softcore as well) after the jump.
Anyone who has seen the movie The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean by Giuseppe Tornatore knows that a concert piano can be a gorgeous dance partner. Although the contemporary dance Chaconne will not have a moving piano on stage, we are thrilled to see the dancing interaction in between the charming dancer Yui Kawaguchi and the great jazz pianist Aki Takase. All the information you need and a funny little clip after the jump.