Monday, 28 May 2018

Theater Basel | Dancelab 9

 For Dancelab 9, 5 dancers from the ballet ensemble at the Theater Basel present their own choreographies to the subject "shift".

Night Shift by Javier Rodriguez Cobos is a choreography about a nightshift at what seems to be a medical institution. The stage is very clean and clear and a bit futuristic, as well as the costumes of the two dancers. One of them seems to be very bored by her job and the other one very serious about it, but during the choreography we see that the serious one exploits a short moment of being alone to dream in her own little world. The choreography is very entertaining and creative and includes shadow-play and sometimes almost artistic elements that merge into one big glimpse into the nightshift and live of these two girls.

Annabelle Peintre
Lisa Horten-Skilbrei
Christoph Stürchler
Stefan Erny

Chrysalis by Alba Carbonell Castillo is a choreography about the process of change. Accompanied by wonderful music and a great play of light, the choreography is very touching and the way the different dancers interact seems to us like a process in which they pull each other closer, stay together for a little while and sometimes drift apart again, just to get back together into one big group of dancers. We liked the atmosphere and the engergy of the choreography a lot.

dancers: Diego Benito Gutierrez, Florent Mollet, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Max Zachrisson
music: Cornelius Bohn, Beat Frei
light: Lukas Wiedmer
costume: Alba Carbonell Castillo, Relieve

Shift happens by Jorge García Pérez is about technologies that influence us in our lifes every day, and how the abundance of options and connections sometimes leaves us even more confused and lonelier than ever before. The music is very intense, and the outfits are very special and sexy. The choreography is very powerful and thrilling.

dancers: Lydia Caruso, Ismael del Valle, Rubén Bañol Herrera, Lisa Horten-Skilbrei, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Marina Sanchez Garrigós, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Max Zachrisson
music: Philip Kannicht, Daniel Pemberton, Scott Roller
music arrangement: Max Zachrisson
video: Permi Jhooti
costume: Patrick Philippe Lecoultre
light: Julian Juarez Castan
choreographic assistant: Tana Rosás Suñé

Axolotl by Debora Maiques Marin is about the animal Axolotl, a type of salamander.
In the choreography one dancer visits a lecture about axolotls, and even just hearing the word somehow transforms both the student and the professor are taken to another world.
It is a very entertaining choreography.

dancers: Diego Benito Gutierrez, Piran Scott, Anthony Ramiandrisoa
music: Charles Bradley, Carter Burwell, Blixa Bargeld / Teho Teardo, Antonio Vivaldi
music arrangement: Christof Stürchler
light: Stefan Erny
costume: Debora Maiques Marin
choreographic assistant: Raquel Rey Ramos

er by Frank Fannar Pedersen is about magic in our lifes and how we can be magicians every day in our own world. The choreography starts with a clown who is following his lost hat and when he finds it again he finds not only one but many hats which he tries on one after the other and every hat has a different effect on him. Already this part of the choreography is very captivating and emotional and after this intro the clown joins a group of clowns, all dancing with their hats and creating their own magic on stage, with all of that leading to one big outburst of joy of living and happiness.
The choreography ends with a short film that is projected directly onto the dancers, closing the story of the lost hat from the beginning.
This choreography was incredibly intense and beautiful and we loved the way the dancers told their story. It triggered many different emotions in us, from pure joy to sadness but it left us delighted and with a very good feeling in our hearts.

dancers: Mirko Campigotto Lydia Caruso Lisa Horten-Skilbrei Gaia Mentoglio Javier Rodriguez Cobos Max Ossenberg-Engels Raquel Rey Ramos Andrea Tortosa Vidal Max Zachrisson
music: Charlie Chaplin, Sigur Rós
music arrangement: Christof Stürchler
video: Rubén Bañol Herrera 
light: Frank Fannar pedersen, Stefan Erny
costume: Frank Fannar Pedersen, Miriam Balli
choreographic assistant: Florent Mollet

All of the choreographies are amazing in their own way and the dancers are brilliant and we enjoyed the dancelab 9 very much.

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