1. FORCE OF NATURE (UK/US 75 minutes/2011)
    Documentary / performance

    Camera: Katrina McPherson
    Editor: Simon Fildes
    Music: Stephen Heather
    Additional Camera and sound: Rosalind Masson, Rob Page, Vidal Bini, Fred Parsons

    Funded by Goat Media, Creative Scotland, University of Dundee, University of Illinois. Produced by Goat Media in association with University of Illinois Champaign Urbana.

    A documentary featuring the renowned improvising dance artist Kirstie Simson. Over five years, Katrina filmed Kirstie Simson performing and teaching across Europe, culminating in a one-off performance with Michael Schumacher, Kenzo Kusuda and Dai Jian at the Universal Hall in July 2010. Force of Nature combines specially filmed performance, documentary footage and in-depth interviews with Kirstie, in which she talks about her life-long practice, and her passionate belief in the power of dance to bring people together and transform lives. 

    Kirstie Simson has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. She is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has "immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance". according to Time Out Magazine, London.

    For the past thirty years Kirstie has collaborated with many dancers and musicians who share a common interest in Improvisation, including Julyen Hamilton, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Simone Forti, Andrew Harwood, Russell Maliphant, Michael Schumacher, Adam Benjamin and Le Quan Ninh.

    In January 2008 Kirstie joined the faculty of the Dance Department at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, USA, where she is a full-time teacher of Dance Improvisation.

  2. Berlin, HAU 1
    12. Aug / 19.30 h, 13. Aug / 19.30 h, 14. Aug / 19.30 h


    »Dance« von Lucinda Childs ist eine minimalistische Choreografie zur Komposition von Philip Glass und einem Tanzvideo von Sol LeWitt. 1979 uraufgeführt, wurde das Stück 2009 von Childs selbst rekonstruiert und mit einem neuen Ensemble aus elf Tänzern einstudiert. Die aktuelle Fassung ist somit ein Revival der 1970er Jahre, bei dem drei der renommiertesten Vertreter der amerikanischen Avantgarde und des Postmodern Dance kongenial zusammentreffen. Zugleich konfrontiert das Stück Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, denn die verjüngte Lucinda Childs Dance Company tanzt mit den im Video überdimensional groß abgebildeten Tänzern der 1970er. »Dance« ist eine hypnotisierende Choreografie voll perfekter Synchronisation und dynamischer Interaktion, die sich durch vermeintlich einfache Gänge und Sprünge und raffinierte Phasenverschiebungen auszeichnet.

    Lucinda Childs’ »Dance« is a rarely-performed signature work by one of the pillars of the Judson Dance Theater accompanied by the music of Philip Glass. Her 1979 classic was remounted with a complete restoration of Sol LeWitt’s film work. It comprises the piece’s decor and Childs’ ensemble interacts with it seamlessly by interpreting her famous minimalistic use of pedestrian movement qualities.

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  3. "Borderline" in Paris performed at Théâtre de la Ville "Aux Abbesses" October 2013
    filmed by Tommy Pascal
    Artistic direction & choreography Sébastien Ramirez
    in collaboration with Honji Wang

    Performers Louis Becker, Johanna Faye, Mustapha Saïd Lehlouh,
    Sébastien Ramirez, Honji Wang

    Rigger Kai Gaedtke
    Rigging coordination Jason Oettlé
    Composition Jean-Philippe Barrios
    With the participation of Christophe Isselee
    and the voices of Chung-Won Wang et Henri Ramirez
    Light design and technical direction Cyril Mulon
    Choreographer's assistant David Gaulein-Stef
    Dramaturgical collaboration Catherine Umbdenstock
    Set design Paul Bauer
    Costume realization Anna Ramirez
    Production direction Dirk Korell/camin aktion
    Executive production Compagnie Sébastien Ramirez, Clash66

    Théâtre de l'Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan (in the frame of a creation residency)
    Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
    Parc de La Villette, Paris
    Initiatives d'Artistes en Danses Urbaines (Fondation de France -- Parc de la Villette with the support of Caisse des Dépôts and Acsé)
    Mercat de les Flors Barcelone (in the frame of creation residencies at Graner)
    act'art -- Conseil général de Seine-et-Marne
    Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Company Käfig
    TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL, Hannover

    Conseil Régional Languedoc-Roussillon
    Préfecture de région du Languedoc-Roussillon -- Direction régionale des affaires culturelles
    Conseil général des Pyrénées Orientales
    Montpellier Danse, residency at Agora, cité internationale de la danse

    Centre Culturel Jacques Prévert à Villeparisis for the creation residencies.
    HAU -- Hebbel am Ufer for the research possibilities in Berlin.
    Company Sébastien Ramirez - Clash66 receives a company support by Préfecture de région du Languedoc-Roussillon -- Direction régionale des affaires culturelles, Conseil Régional Languedoc-Roussillon and Conseil général des Pyrénées Orientales.


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  5. This 1993 solo for Doug Varone was created while in residence at Virginia Commonwealth University, in close proximity to the battlefields that helped inspire its story. Set to John Adams' 'The Wound Dresser,' with lighting design by David Ferri.

    Join us this year for an all new online series of videos from the Varone archives. In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, we will share 25 short video docs, each honoring a different dance. Clips of the dance, interviews with Doug, original cast members and collaborators. 1986-2011.

    Next up on 12/27/11: Rise from 1994.

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