Silent Confrontation plays with ideas, imagery and music of the Renaissance.
More precisely: laborgras finds innovative ways of bringing the Renaissance to the stage, confronting the past with the present. The dancers begin poised like a tableau in the middle of the stage, which was built in perspective, before unfolding into an inverted origami of various solos where different constellations and confrontations organically pursue their own paths. Some configurations solidify only to dissipate seconds later in an eternal ebb and flow. Like the dance, the stage is wide open, free to transform and adapt. Light changes from warm tones to a uniform, almost clinical white flood, orienting itself by the tone of dynamically crossfaded renaissance images in the background. The music is not underpainted: the renaissance and baroque songs drive the dance, commenting it and interacting with the dancers. A true exchange is underway: the communication between dancer and music is not orchestrated, rather follows an open, spontaneous path that can turn at any moment. Thus we reach a contemporized notion of the Renaissance, not by repeating the past but by reinterpreting it in terms of the present day: the interplay between dance, stage design, music and costumes renders the past physical, an experience for the senses.
Choreography and Dance Renate Graziadei in collaboration with the dancers MariaGiulia Serantoni, Rosalind Masson, Lena Meierkord and Cesare Benedetti
Artistic Direction laborgras (Renate Graziadei und Arthur Stäldi)
Musical Direction / Composition Phoebe Killdeer & Ole Wulfers
Performer: Renate Graziadei, MariaGiulia Serantoni, Rosalind Masson, Lena Meierkord and Sergey Zhukov
Live-Musicians Julien Decoret, Fabricio Tentoni, Ole Wulfers & Phoebe Killdeer
Sound - Design Andrea Parolin
Dramaturgy Arthur Stäldi
Costume Arianna Fantin
Costume Assistance Sandra Tiersch
Consulting Make Up & Hair Kati Heimann
Lightdesign Lutz Deppe
Video Karl Wedemeyer
Production Inge Zysk, Raquel Moreira
A laborgras production supported by:
Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Haupstadtkulturfonds Berlin. Made at Studio laborgras.
(Video © Walter Bickmann)