With SCREENS Ian Kaler continues his series of (video) portraits, this time in the form of a group-piece for six dancers, a group of graduates from Austrian dance schools.
In the first part of the piece, references to early works appear that now find a new focus in the further development with the performers. A double projection frames the group in a purple space reminiscent of a blue box. Through a simple set up, subtle portraits develop and slowly grow in intensity.
the second part of the piece we encounter the group live. Here the protagonists
appear as silouettes against the purple backdrop. Together with Rostron’s
soundtrack, the group slowly builds intensity through shifts, their breathing
and a subtle swelling in movement.
CONCEPT UND CHOREOGRAPHiC FRAMING Ian Kaler PERFORMANCE Nathalie Baert, Inês Carijo, Nefeli Kadinopoulou Asteriou, Elina Pohjonen, Izabela Soldaty und Mufutau Yusuf CAMERA Imogen Heath EDITING Ian Kaler und Imogen Heath SETTING Stephanie Rauch SOUNDTRACK Jam Rostron LIGHT Reto Schubiger PROJECT MANAGEMENT das Schaufenster PRODUCTION Verein Ian Kaler CO-PRODUCTION Tanzquartier Wien WITH THE SUPPORT OF Wien Kultur
What? How? and Where to? Are the basic questions in the transitional vacuum between post-graduation and starting a career. The Tanzquartier Wien’s pilot project Calibrate creates a platform for getting to know, exchange and introduction into professional life in the field of performance and contemporary dance. The seeds were sown in intensive cooperation with work-like research labs of graduates of established Austrian dance institutions – IDA (Institute for Dance Arts / Anton Bruckner University/Linz), MUK (Music and Arts Private University of Vienna) and SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) – with the famous choreographers Alix Eynaudi, Ian Kaler and Paul Wenninger. A choreographic harvest manifested itself in the form of stage works that address both the unique practices of the choreographers as well as posing questions of dance, decoupled from fields of meaning and far from spectacle; a multimedia architecture of perception in relation to bodies and space is sketched out, and aesthetic, political and ethical values are confronted.