The initial inspiration for the work developed through the geometric patterns of labyrinths, which further led to a study of the ancient Greek myth of the Minotaur. These references enabled the discovery of a movement language based around a hybrid of classical ballet form. The development of the language became set by the rules within the piece itself.
The intention of the movement carries no purpose to convey a certain message or singular idea. It simply needs to be observed by the individual to allow for an individual experience. Minos should be understood as a liberal viewing excursion where a number of cultural associations and references are on offer for the taking.
The score of the work is a new collaborative arrangement of the existing piece by Ryuichi Sakamoto: 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence', rearranged by Sakamoto with the aid of Alva Noto.
At times Sakamoto's piano composition takes the lead which drives the listener into a world of melancholic reflection; this is counter-balanced with Noto's padded bass stabs and individually pitched electronic frequencies which sign-post sudden changes and the ever growing inevitability of disintegration.
Choreography: Juanjo Arques.
Assistant Choreographer: Charlotte Chapellier.
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto. Revep: 1- mur; 2 - ax Mr. L.
Light Design: Wijnand van der Horst.
Costume Design: Oliver Haller.
Dancers: Jurgita Dronina, Suzanna Kaic, Jan Zerer, Remi Wortmeyer and Koen Havenith.
Premier: Alte Oper Frankfurt October 2010.
A video by Dance2film
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