DreaMe is about the interaction between reality and wish-reality. Special attention is given the ideals of achievement and beauty, as they are dictated to us by the media. How do I deal with the rising pressure? And how large is the margin within which I can move, while still remaining true to myself?
On a projection surface on the back part of the stage, doubles of the performer appear, phantom-identities. The doubles represent the artificially created ideals, values and goals of the real woman on one hand and her subconscious needs on the other. Her problem is to differentiate between her real and artificial self.
This is a currently touring production.
Choreography, video, text, set: Henrik Kaalund.
Performer in this video: Catherine Jodoin
Music: Michael Haves
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Part of the evening Let´s Face the Music and Dance at Theater Dortmund, 1998.
Performers: Mikiko Arai, Sara Anne Bocek, Michelle Haugen, Kristin Josefiak, Marco Ferrini, Götz von der Heyden, Mark Hoskins, Henry Rushing, Christian Schön.
Created for a Young Choreographers evening at the John Cranko School, Stuttgart, Germany, in 1989, when I was a student there. This is one of the first pieces I ever did. It was quite successful and later taken into the repertoire of the school, which even toured abroad with a program, in which it was included.
Performers: Tatjana Thierbach, Anke, Fernanda, Shirley, Gerhard, Ricardo, Henrik Kaalund
Aeh, sorry guys, most of the surnames have become the victim of the cruelest of cruel foes: time.
This is a demo-video made to illustrate the goal of a project, which involved the video-documentation of a tour of street-dancing in Europe. It was the object to raise funds to finance this and for that purpose this video, dokumenting a performance in the street in Copenhagen, was created. This was back in 1991.
Live was part of the evening Tanzstücke In Arbeit, in the rehearsal room at the Theater Dortmund , which I initiated. The musical structure of Live was made in collaboration with the cellist Hauke Hack.
It was an attempt to take the most out of each dancer, while using the possibilities of the room, both physically and acoustically.
The lighting is quite dark and actually not made for a camera. There are many things going on in the room which you can't see. Birgit has the part of entering too late and further disturbing by frequently receiving calls on her mobile phone. Justo spends 15 minutes traversing the room under the seats of the audience, constantly talking. Philip arrives (deliberately) late for an entrance. In short, it was made to be seen live! Duration: 30:10 min.
Dance: Sumie Oya, Sveta Grozovski, Meritxell Aumedes Molinero, Philip Woodman, Justo Moret Ruiz, Denise Anne Churchward, Birgit Scheefe