There are times when you start to forget why you liked dance to begin with. Too many performances seem to sap all the enthusiasm you ever had for the art form. Then there are those pieces of work that bring it all rushing back and you remember just why you love this art form so much. IBM401 A Users Manual performed by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Jóhan Jóhannson is one such piece of work.
It may have the most improbable title you ever heard but this piece, performed by the duo based in Reykjavik Iceland, is a powerhouse of superb solo movement and outstanding choreography from Erna Ómarsdóttir and excellent live music from Jóhan Jóhannson.
The work was performed as part of the [8-Tension] series for young choreographers at Impulstanz in Vienna. For Article19 it was the best performance on show by a long way and this was in a festival featuring DV8.
It is very difficult to do this 35 minute piece justice in the 4 minutes and 30 seconds we have for you here so if you get the chance to see this piece live then we suggest that you take the opportunity, you will either love it or hate it but our money is on the former of those two options.
What is the film about? Shot in Iceland and the UK, this short film explores this thought: if the estimated 4.5 billion years our planet has been in existence is equated to 24 hours, Homo sapiens have been around for 4 seconds.
The music is the final track from the Mesmer album - Return.
(This video clip will be constantly updated during tour. Tour dates: ryojiikeda.com)
superposition is a project about the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale and is inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics. Performers will appear in his piece for the first time, performing as operator/conductor/observer/examiners. All the components on stage will be in a state of superposition; sound, visuals, physical phenomena, mathematical concepts, human behaviour and randomness - these will be constantly orchestrated and de-orchestrated simultaneously in a single performance piece.
Concept, direction and music: Ryoji Ikeda
in collaboration with
Performers: Stéphane Garin, Amélie Grould
Programming, graphics and computer system: Tomonaga Tokuyama, Norimichi Hirakawa, Yoshito Onishi
Optical devices: Norimichi Hirakawa
Stage manager: Simon MacColl
Technical manager: Tomonaga Tokuyama
Production assistant: Daisuke Sekine
World Première on 14, 15, 16 November 2012 at the Centre Pompidou with the Festival dʼAutomne à Paris (FR)
Avant-Première on 5 August 2012 at ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE)
Commissioned by Festival d’Automne à Paris (FR) for the musical part
Created and developed at Parc de La Villette (Paris, FR), YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and media (JP) and ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE)
Coproduction : Festival dʼAutomne à Paris (FR), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR), Barbican (London, UK), Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges, BE), Festival de Marseille (FR), Parc de La Villette (Paris, FR), Kyoto Experiment (JP), ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE), STRP Art and Technology Festival (Eindhoven, NL).
With the support of the DICRéAM-CNC (FR)