Tanztheater

GRACE NOTE

PHACE / ARTURO FUENTES LIQUID LOFT / CHRIS HARING GÜNTER BRUS

October 31, 2012 (wp)
Vienna
Wien Modern – Tanzquartier Halle G
20:30

A production by PHACE, in co-production with Tanzquartier Wien and WIEN MODERN in collaboration with the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology Zürich and Liquid Loft, supported by Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien & bm:ukk

PRODUCTION AND ENSEMBLE
PHACE

IDEA AND COMPOSITION
Arturo Fuentes

CHOREOGRAPHY & STAGING
Chris Haring / Liquid Loft

MUSIC
Lars Mlekusch, saxophone
Berndt Thurner, percussion
Roland Schueler, cello
Maximilian Ölz, double bass

DANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY
Luke Baio, Stephanie Cumming, Ian Garside

TEXT AND VOICE
Günter Brus

LIGHT DESIGN
Thomas Jelinek

SOUND DIRECTOR, RECORDING & MASTERING
Alfred Reiter

PRODUCTION LIQUID LOFT
Marlies Pucher

ORIGINAL TEXTS from
Italo Calvino, Six Memos for a New Millenium (1988)

„Will the ability to evoke images in the absence of objects continue to develop in an environment where humanity is continuously subjected to a flood of prefabricated images?”
Italo Calvino

In 1984, the Italian writer Italo Calvino conceptualized the collection of essays “Six Memos for the Next Millenium”. In the five essays he completed, notions of Lightness, Quickness, Exactitude, Visibility and Multiplicity are shaped into a poetics that, ideally, should be transferable to all art forms and, moreover, applicable to society and politics.

Lightness, for example, is interpreted by Calvino as a reaction to the burdens of life. Here, the author actually refers to a kind of narrative that is supposed to strip all heaviness off things. According to Calvino, Quickness equals ‘mental speed’, but it also describes the “most intense form of condensation of poetry and thought”. Exactitude is seen as an instrument that is employed against the “plague [that is] afflicting language, revealing itself as a loss of cognition and immediacy, an automatism that tends to level out all expression into the most generic, anonymous and abstract formulas (…).”

Calvinos proposals for a new literary language are the basis of grace note. In this production, visual artist Günter Brus delivers a literary sketch for the unfinished sixth part of Calvino’s collection of essays. In terms of performance as well as music, the piece follows a line which is based on fractures and deviations, and strives to create new forms and meanings. grace note is built upon a ‘sonic script’. Everything that happens on stage is envisaged as ‘acoustic story’. The ensemble PHACE and dancers from the company Liquid Loft create and interpret music, which is continuously moving. At times, the soundscape gives the impression of being ‘harmonic rain’, which intermittently falls on the bodies on stage. Musical and visual scenarios are being created, in which the movement of a body may interfere with the rhythm of the music, and even change it. At other times, something as simple as a brushstroke can determine a series of entirely new events.

grace note is an interdisciplinary project, which was developed as a co-production with Tanzquartier Wien and Wien Modern, as well as in collaboration with ICST Zürich and Liquid Loft. Performance and installation, as well as acoustics and electronics, form a dynamic structure by means of interaction between sound and movement. To composer Arturo Fuentes, the human body when expressed through dance and theatre becomes a sonic map on which different rhythms and tempos follow their paths. Based loosely on Günter Brus’s ideas, he defines the visual and scenic context of his works as “deaf-music”, “unaccented silence”, “dark-room-music” or “eye-music”.

Event Dates

October 2012
  • Date
    Project
    Location
  • 31.Oct.2012 20:00

    Grace Note

    Wien Modern / TQW, Vienna
November 2012
  • Date
    Project
    Location
  • 01.Nov.2012 20:30

    Grace Note

    Wien Modern / TQW, Vienna
  • 03.Nov.2012 20:30

    Grace Note

    Wien Modern / TQW, Vienna
April 2014
  • Date
    Project
    Location
  • 12.Apr.2014 20:30

    Grace Note

    Concertgebouw, Brugge