Theatre and Dance

How Can We Transform The World Through One’s Self? Amsterdam’s Butoh Festival

In Waves: Transforming The World Through One’s Self At Amsterdam’s Butoh Festival In order to radically change the world, firstly you must make a change within yourself. The expressive check-in with one’s own self, or as Jean-Luc Nancy would interpret, the “return to self,” is a rampant theme for those who engage with their own bodies. I understand that performative events such as dance to resonate this notion. It’s also this notion that will be focused on during the Butoh Festival in Amsterdam’s Teatro Munganga this weekend. But even the term “Butoh” turbulates some issues. When I sat down to...

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The Performative Essay “(De)signing Time”: Essay in Motion

The Serbian choreographer, performance artist, and stage director Milos Sofrenovic has been at Solitude since September in cooperation with Literaturhaus Stuttgart. He worked on the development of the performative essay (De)signing Time, which was presented at Literaturhaus Stuttgart on October 15 at 8 pm. The performance was presented LIVE only once to an international audience. The ephemeral event is followed by this performative post, a contribution that hints, but never reveals everything. It may seem in direct contradiction with the “temporal matter” of a live performance, but is actually not. Months of preparation for a show that will take place only...

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Dance As A Language, Exhaustion As A Therapy

… when no one is willing to listen, no one you could tell, no one you could talk it over with to set you free, the only thing left is art as a way of reaching other people and communicating to one, two, or three other individuals. Taigué Ahmed How do we communicate the unspeakable? How can we find a language for traumatic experiences like war and the life-threatening conditions that come with it? Taigué Ahmed, a dancer and choreographer who grew up in Chad, uses dance as a medium to communicate his experiences with an audience. He also initiated...

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Bolshoi Sets June Dates For Return Of Controversial Ballet “Nureyev”

Pre-sale tickets to the show about the legendary dancer begin in March. The ballet about the life of Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev will return to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater on June 26, 27, and 28. Advance sales of tickets will take place in March, although an exact date has not been announced yet. Due to high demand for Nureyev, special rules for ticket buyers will apply. There will be a limit of two tickets per person for each performance date. Each ticket will be registered to a specific holder’s name with no changes permitted; spectators will be required to come...

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Serebrennikov’s “Nureyev” At Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre: Run, Rudy, Run!

The glass pavilions that appeared on Teatralnaya Square after the reconstruction of the Bolshoi Theatre have been hung for several years with photos of contemporary performances, presenting the theatre’s current repertoire. But the people assembled for the premiere of Nureyev didn’t see these photos—this audience was met by black and white shots of the “legends of the Bolshoi,” of the dancers who were working in Moscow back in the 1960s, when Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev was flying across the stages of Europe. “We had great dancers! We have a great history!” these posters seemed to cry. You did have great...

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“Siena” By La Veronal: Self Contemplation, Imagined Self-Destruction, And A Terrifying Sense Of The Human Body!

European performance is slipping through boundaries, transforming relationships between film, dance, painting, dramatic texts and the human body and in all this apparent chaos which redefines live performance, the world of the “post-text” and all forms of creation in space speak equally to each other in unexpected ways. In Canada, Robert Lepage opened the performance space many years go to this kind of visual/corporeal/technologically based work that one could no longer call simply “theatre” but that seemed to relegate the text to another conceptual dimension, thanks to his collaboration with European festivals and creative centers across the Western world....

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Dance Dramaturgy and The Art That Moves: Lim How Ngean

Art that Moves is an occasional series where we ask artists and other creative workers to reflect on artworks, performances or events that were personally important to them. Lim How Ngean (Ph.D.) is a performance-maker, dramaturg and dance researcher. In recent years he has dramaturged dances for choreographers such as Daniel Kok, Joavien Ng, Kuik Swee Boon and Ming Poon (Singapore), Pichet Klunchun (Thailand), and Amrita Performing Arts Group (Cambodia). He also initiated the Asian Dramaturg’s Network (ADN), with its inaugural symposium in Singapore, April 2016. The ADN will be holding a Satellite Symposium in Adelaide, Australia, between 1 –...

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Nijinsky At The NAC: A Truly Cathartic Encounter Between The Dancer And His Creations

The National Ballet of Canada’s staging of John Neumeier’s Nijinsky, the artist who, by his personal and professional life, has certainly had the most influence on contemporary dance in the world, will go down in the annals of dance drama performance. For the spectator, it does help if one is aware of the history of the Ballet Russe and the different individuals who worked with Nijinsky during his brief professional life because Neumeier’s vision of the work does not try to reproduce autobiographical accuracy or even imitate the many performances that attracted attention to Nijinsky’s dancing. His emphasis is elsewhere....

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On Words In Motion: “Brodsky/Baryshnikov”

In scholarly debates on contemporary theatre, the question about language has primary importance. Critics as well as scholars, interested in diversity on stage, often discuss the advantages and the limitations of using two or more languages, the working of surtitles, and the rules of hospitality when a producing company decides not to translate their productions to the host audience. Brodsky/Baryshnikov (directed by Alvis Hermanis) that played this weekend in Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre, with Mikhail Baryshnikov on stage reciting the poetry of his close friend and recipient of the 1987 Noble Prize in Literature, Joseph Brodsky, is proof in...

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“Brodsky/Baryshnikov” – Poetry in Motion

The choreography itself spun through a range of subtle to more bombastic, creating a dramatic arc for the 90-minute piece. Baryshnikov’s commitment to using the whole body is unflinching. Whether it was part of the opening movement, when a chair balanced against his back served as the hint to the centaur referenced in a poem, or the use of his fluttering arms as a butterfly metaphor, his conviction in thought and body is mesmerizing. The illustrative nature of the metaphors manages not to be redundant or heavy-handed.

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Masked Dancing: Javanese Tales on Stage

As an event it was spectacular; as dance, it swirled past the barriers of culture and language. As theatre it was emotional, and of the highest quality. But few shared the moving experience. The location was the small Panji Museum set among rice paddies in Tumpang village, East Java. There were maybe 150 in the audience. The Panji plays bring to life ancient Javanese tales. The museum aims to build an appreciation of the arts in general and this genre of storytelling in particular. The centerpiece of the museum is a replica of the one-thousand-year-old Candi Jolotundo, the royal...

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“The Neighbor’s Grief is Greener”: A Dark Domesticity

A dreamy, perfect 1950’s housewife stands in the middle of a kitchen, cracking eggs and stirring flour into her bowl. But she isn’t making your regular American casserole; she’s cooking up a far bloodier dish. She dashes the pot on the ground, flooding the kitchen with blood. Emanuella Amichai’s tasty dance-theatre piece, The Neighbor’s Grief is Greener presents four archetypal 1950’s women practicing survival techniques in the face of the patriarchy. The women we see here are as vulnerable as plucked chickens; as sexually exploited as the women dominated by Trump in the infamous ‘Grab her by the pussy’ video. But can we...

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“Between The Lines” (Entrelinhas): What Women Do to Survive Oppressive Regimes

The show Between The Lines is a manifesto about the barbarity that women suffer from an oppressive system. Take your hands off our bodies When a country is taken by a conservative wave, groups that are discriminated by society–women, black people, and LGBT–are the first ones to lose their rights. Recently, in Brazil, a special commission from the Chamber of Deputies approved a Constitutional Amendment Proposal that completely prohibits abortion. This amendment can make abortion illegal in cases that are currently allowed by law like in cases of rape, anencephaly (fetus with cerebral malformation), or when the mother’s life...

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“The Pursuit Of Happiness” At Under The Radar Festival

New York-based experimental troupe Nature Theater of Oklahoma (NTO) teams up with Slovenia’s EnKnapGroup dance company in Pursuit Of Happiness, an uneven performance presented as part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival. Pursuit offers a deconstruction of the Hollywood cowboy mythos in all its John Ford glory, as well as a deconstruction of Vietnam era war pics. Concept, text, and directing credits are shared by Pavol Liška and Kelly Copper, in a co-production by Théâtre de la Ville and steirischer herbst. The current political climate highlighting transgressions by powerful men towards mostly female victims seems a ripe time...

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Jerome Bel and His Amateurs Test the Limits of Contemporary Dance in Saitama Show

Is the French choreographer Jerome Bel a trailblazer or an enfant terrible of the contemporary dance world? This weekend you’ll be able to judge for yourself when his challenging but spellbinding “Gala” arrives at Saitama Arts Theater— and your verdict will likely depend on whether you believe contemporary dance is a distinctive art form executed by specially trained people, or whether it can be any kind of performance in which the body is used for creative expression on stage. The Paris-based artist explained the thinking behind his work in a recent email interview with The Japan Times: “I gave...

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The Best Dance Shows Coming In 2018

Windrush: Movement of the People Phoenix Dance Theatre marks the 70th anniversary of the journey that brought a generation of Caribbean immigrants to the UK. Sharon Watson’s new work explores their experience, from racism to building new communities, with a new score by Gary Crosby. February 7-10, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, then touring, Ballet British Columbia The Canadian company is building an exciting reputation. This touring program has works by female choreographers: company director Emily Molnar, Sharon Eyal, and the sensational Crystal Pite, whose Solo Echo is a romantic work inspired by Brahms. March 6-7, Sadler’s Wells, London, then touring ( Voices of America, English National Ballet A coup for English National...

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Polish Tanztheater?

It is an interesting coincidence that 1973 saw the creation of both Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal and the Polish Dance Theatre–Poznań Ballet. It would seem that Poland’s rich pre-war tradition of expressionist dance, one that made it an important center for the movement (alongside Germany and Austria), would provide the perfect soil for the genre known as Tanztheater. The full tradition of expressive dance was never revived after the war, but a handful of cities, including Poznań and Gdańsk, still bore the signs of the once-rich movement. The curriculum of the Poznań Ballet School featured elements of expressive dance. The...

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The Fusion Dance and Theatre: What’s Required in Successful Intercultural Collaboration

Australian theatre-person and actor Trevor Jamieson on finding parallels between Indian and Aboriginal cultures, with an aim to create a dance performance drawn from the similarities. Trevor Jamieson could well pass off for a native, with his swarthy features, his wild and bushy grey beard, and summer casual attire of a vest and harem pants, with a ratty pair of flipflops, to complement the look. Until you hear that distinct Australian twang, that is. “When I’m out on the road here in the city, people automatically think I’m Indian. They talk to me in Tamil/Malayalam and they’re quite taken...

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How Butoh, The Japanese Dance Of Darkness, Helps Us Experience Compassion In A Suffering World

Butoh is now being taught to Zen students, prisoners, and others as a way to acknowledge difficult emotions. Butoh [bu-tō], often translated as “Dance of Darkness,” rose out of the ashes of post-World War II Japan as an extreme avant-garde dance form that shocked audiences with its grotesque movements and graphic sexual allusions when it was introduced in the 1950s. Indeed, many people are still disturbed by the intensity and rawness of Butoh. Performers move awkwardly and slowly with shuffling steps, looking more like zombies than dancers. Their faces twitch; their bodies shake with tension. The acknowledgment of Butoh...

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Manuel Pelmus Examines The Performance Art Of Hong Kong Protest

When asked to pick one word that describes the city of Hong Kong, Romanian performance artist Manuel Pelmus opts for “spiraling.” Staying for a few weeks in the city to open his show at art institution Para Site, he notes the intensity of life here. By spiraling, he is referring to the sense of energy and vertigo one feels moving about the city, upwards and downwards, and how the layers of architecture feel disorientating and endless. He expresses these sentiments from a barren art space offering a birds-eye view of Victoria Harbour, adding that he plans to spend the...

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