The idea behind this choreography was to play with the notion of body control. We always say that contemporary dance is about expressing emotions, thoughts, through body movements, so the idea was to take that principle literally and work with the following idea: “What if the body was taking over? What if what we see (in the dancing) is actually what the body wants to say?” Following that idea I also wanted to underline the contradiction in dance that there is always a certain amount of body control needed even when the movements look free, unstructured. The choreography is built along these lines, with a constant game between the body “taking over” and the dancer “regaining” control.
“Aha” by Imogen Heap is a song about the opposition between what we say and what we do which I thought was fitting for the ideas I wanted to develop in the choreography. Especially the chorus lyrics “Cost you to keep me quiet” that conveys the idea of control vs. losing control. On top of this the melody has those frenzy moments that seemed perfect to choreograph the loss of control over the body.
We decided on the video medium as being the best to display this choreography because first it allows to do close ups showing the small details like toes or fingers moving in a specific way that you wouldn’t notice if the choreography was danced on stage. It also allows, by having GoPro cameras strapped to the body, to stick to the main idea of the choreography: “What if what we see is actually what the body wants to say?”
By Julie Anterrieu (Pineapple Productions choreographer)
Choreography : Julie Anterrieu
Shot by : Bertrand Remaut, Nicolas Plaire
Edited by : Bertrand Remaut
Productions : Pineapple Productions
Dancers : Dallas Patten, Géraldine Clermont, Julie Anterrieu, Ling Neih, Nicole De Malmanche