Presented at Santarcangelo Festival 2013 in the local amazing local piazza. It was a Saturday at ten in the evening and the Italian families were on the move after dinner just to enjoy the night and the festival spirit. It was rather intense to dance in front of kids, people, old folks, dogs and bicycles and feel the Italian night around us.
Thanks to Silvia Bottiroli for trusting the show and the night.
Powered by Emotion was first presented in Tanz im August 2003 and has since been presented at least once every year. The aim is to present the work every year for 30 years. Until 2033 when I will be 65 years old.
Powered by Emotion is a solo created and performed by Mårten Spångberg originating from a desire to dance and sing without having access to skill and technical capacity in relationship to the production of, on the one hand territory and on the other, perhaps more tangible, notions of identity and belonging. Starting with an interest between territory and political potentiality the choreographer explores two over-determined artistic materials Walter Verdin's film of Steve Paxton's dance to J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and the songs of Buena Vista Social Club. Through the performers inability and nonplussed relation to the material it appears that the spectator is urged to reconsider a politics of aesthetics. What we see and hear both is and isn't Stave Paxton dancing and Buena Vista Social Club voicing sentimental love. Powered by Emotion is utter artificiality in its most natural form.