Saturday, 21 May 2016

Theater Basel | Object Present

Object Present at the Theater Basel is an evening of ballet in two parts.
The first Part is Romance Inverse by Itzik Galili, a two-part modern ballet. The first part is called six and only men are dancing, they are never touching each other and not interacting. On stage there are black and white walls that always move around on stage, sometimes they get in the way of the dancers and separate them one from another and sometimes they create one long wall preventing the dancers to move anymore forward, forcing them to keep dancing in one place. "six" is very fluent and harmonic but there seems to be no connection between the different dancers. For us this part is a beautiful metaphor for the obstacles we all face sometimes in life and how sometimes you are on your own even though there are many people around you, but they are separated from you in some way."OR" is very different, there are women and men dancing, some parts they dance with a partner and sometimes all the dancers watch one dancer or dance as one big group.
During Romance Inverse it is foggy on stage so the dancers that dance more on the back of the stage are barely visible sometimes. The light is very important in both parts and sometimes highlights only one dancer at a time. During "OR" there is a large light cube that moves around on stage and sometimes follows the dancers, feeling almost like a threat, and during other parts it is just in the middle of the stage, highlighting the dancers around it.

The second part after the break is Violet Kid by Hofesh Shechter.
It is very strong and expressive and sometimes even a bit aggressive. It has a lot of contrasts, like very loud music followed by almost complete silent or a voice talking in the background.
With the very fast sequences of motions Violet Kid forces you to constantly be 100% concentrated on the dance and we could not take our eyes off the stage. In Violet Kid the stage is foggy too, the lighting is sometimes dim and sometimes there is no light at all, but when the light comes back again the dancers have not stopped moving for a second. They only sometimes stand still to listen to the voice.
For us this part was very impressive, arty and thought provoking, in every movement there was a message or a meaning and we think it's very deep.

For us especially the very strong contrast between Romance Inverse and Violet Kid is what made the evening so intense and very special, showing us once again how unlimited the possibilities are to express yourself only with your body and movements.

Cast Romance Inverse "six":
Diego Benito Gutierrez, Ruben Banol Herrera, 
Florent Mollet, Gaetano Vestris Terrana, 
Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Jorge García Pérez, 
Javier Rodriguez Cobos, Armando Braswell, 
Ruochen Wang, Frank Fannar Pedersen

Cast Romance Inverse "OR":
Luna Mertens, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, 
Kihako Narisawa, Sara Wikström, 
Dévi-Azélia Selly, Alba Carbonell Castillo, 
Emma Kate Tilson, Lydia Caruso, 
Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Tana Rosás Suné, 
Ruben Banol Herrera, Florent Mollet, 
Armando Braswell, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, 
Sergio Bustinduy, Julian Juarez Castan, 
Jorge García Pérez, Gaetano Vestris Terrana, 
Frank Fannar Pedersen, Jeremy Nedd

Cast Violet Kid:
Alba Carbonell Castillo, Debora Maiques Marin, Raquel Rey Ramos, Tana Rosás Suné, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Ruben Banol Herrera, Diego Benito Gutierrez, Armando Braswell, Jeremy Nedd, Frank Fannar Pedersen, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Javier Rodriguez Cobos

Romance Inverse:
Choreography: Itzik Galili
Music: Steve Reich Percossa
Stage Designer: Janco van Barneveld
Costume: Natasja Lansen
Lighting Design: Yaron Abulafia

Violet Kid:
Choreography: Hofesh Shechter
Lighting: Hofesh Shechter
Costume Design: Hofesh Shechter, Junghyun Georgia Lee
Production: Elisabeth Gibiat
Bruno Guillore, Sita Ostheimer

© pictures: Ismael Lorenzo

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