In collaboration with the CONTEXT Festival – Platform for Contemporary Dance at HAU, CTM.10 will open with three exceptional performances exploring the possibilities of interplay between sound, light, image and movement, themes very much in keeping with CTM.10’s leitmotif: OVERLAP – Sound & Other Media.
The performative installation 'Evaporated Landscapes' by the Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen can be experienced beforehand at nearby HAU 3. After the performances on Thursday meet & greet in the foyer with DJ Marius Reisser.
Jacob Kirkegaard [DK] 'Sabulation' (World premiere)
In a world premiere, Kirkegaard will present his new work 'Sabulation', which is based on the acoustic phenomenon of 'singing sand'. Under certain conditions, the micro-sounds created by the collision of tiny particles of sand sliding in sand avalanches add up at a particular frequency, which can be heard from afar, recalling the sounds of rolling thunder or galloping horses. In 2008 Kirkegaard travelled through the desert of Oman together with scientists in search of these rare sounds. In his performance, Kirkegaard arranges recordings of the unusually deep tones of the dunes with video images of the sand's structure and movement patterns.
Transforma [DE] 'Operators' (German premiere)
The works of the Berlin video art collective Transforma arise from workshop situations in which the artists capture material collages, light and object manipulation using cameras. Their visual language combines early cinema approaches with current computer-based filmmaking techniques, to create fragmented visions and micro stories, which invite the viewer into a world with its own internal logic. In their piece 'Operators', the artists operate between trick tables and constructions as mysterious masked performers, creators of images or 'movers' of the passive object world of their studio. Through the live manipulation of the source materials, a complex audiovisual composition is created, while the soundtrack is created using the audio material from the video recordings, augmented by electronic sounds by sound artist Markus Hübner. The production processes of the images and the underlying artistic methodology are exposed, becoming part of the work as a simultaneous 'making of' and are then once again shrouded by the atmospheric power of the images and sounds.
Hiroaki Umeda [JP] 'Adapting for Distortion' (German premiere)
The Japanese dancer, choreographer, sound, image and lighting designer Hiroaki Umeda is known worldwide for his pieces in which the dancers move within precisely arranged lighting and video projections. The strict, geometrical video projections in 'Adapting for Distortion' form a frame of movement for the solo dancer (Hiroaki Umeda himself) made of light lines and simultaneously refer to the data architecture of virtual spaces. Dressed all in white, Umeda seems to merge completely with the light animation. Yet through minimalist movements, he creates discontinuities and displacements in the rigid graphic structure of the signals, only becoming visible as a disruption or interference. The impression of the instability of the data space surrounding him is complemented by abstract electronic sound compositions. Together, image and sound create an aura, with which the dancer subtly communicates. In this way, Umeda creates an extreme tension between real physicality and medial disembodiment.
Production & Sound: S20 / Choreographer & dancer: Hiroaki Umeda / Coproduction: Le Studio/Le Manège – Scène nationale de Maubeuge; Romaeuropa 2008 / Associate production: Quaternaire – Sarah Ford, Aïcha Boutella, Renaud Mesini.