Everything but Solo



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  • Performance

In collaboration with four dancers, Swoosh Lieu have developed a technical setup that triggers movement in form of constantly new modifications. The piece is based on the question, “At what point can movement be read as dance?” and from there explores the difference between performative action and danced gesture. The ensemble of performing entities comprises human technology, body machines, technological humans and machine bodies to investigate: who serves whom and why and who needs whom to appear in a certain way? The collaborators question the geeky gestures of masculine technicians as well as the physicality of feminine prima ballerinas. The performance shifts between dance and media installation, rehearsal and show, building and dismantling: with 6 inputs, 60 dimmer channels, a wide-angle lens and 33 pulleys, Swoosh Lieu instigate the dance. The stage is the choreographer, as 4 stagehands dance.

The media art collective Swoosh Lieu is now reversing theatre production processes: "In the beginning there was a radical reversal," explains Rosa Wernecke, "we wanted technical media such as sound and light to be points of departure and no longer just assistants.” Johanna Castell, Juliane Kremberg, Katharina Kellermann and Rosa Wernecke met while studying at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen. In 2009, they began working together as Swoosh Lieu, which can be translated as "roaring places", because their work is always related to the spaces in which it takes place. Therefore, they began setting up the stage at the Mousonturm many weeks before the premiere, in order to create Everything but Solo at the actual performance location - and not, as it is usually the case, largely in a studio environment. The radical reversal of the process has turned into a close dialogue: Together with four dancers, they develop a conversation between dance technique and stage technology, which inquires into where does dance begin. "We want to build a stage setup that choreographs and becomes a vehicle for movement," says Katharina Kellermann. They all see themselves as theatre workers, each contributing their own specific knowledge to the collective process - because it is also about the examination of individual expertise within the framework of the collaboration. An encounter that takes place via pulleys, spotlights and dimmer stations, and last but not least via the black box of the studio stage.

Esther Boldt, Journal Frankfurt 01/11/2012


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A production by Swoosh Lieu and Tanzlabor_21 Tanzbasis Frankfurt_Rhein_Main Project Ensemble PET_10.

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