Four Are Better Than One

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Visual Arts

Four Are Better Than One

  • Fri 25 Nov 2011
  • 7:00PM
Imported 1490
Imported 1490

Copeland Industrial Park (CIP)

Unit 9aPeckham Rye London SE15 3SN

UK

Cie. Agar Agar Annette Sonnewend (AT), Michael Strasser (AT)
guest performer Nina Berclaz (FR), Didi Resch (AT)

curated by Baylors&Diamond in the frame of the exhibition Hung, Drawn and Altered, Protention (Michael Strasser and Max Ruf) in conjunction with SLAM (South London Art Map)

A dance studio situation (incl. warm up, training, rehearsal, motion studies, ...)

A confrontation between two iconic figures and strongly pursued ideas of twentieth century dance history in a rehearsal situation. Pina Bausch’s dance theater (Tanztheater), which is marked by her unique style, a blend of movements, sounds and prominent stage sets meets Rudolf Nureyev’s artistic skills and iconic interpretations of the classical ballet repertoire. Instructed and supported by two guest performers the disparate couple carries out an attempt to create a pas de deux. The obvious incompetence of the main characters alludes to common notions of evaluation, appraisal and standards of quality. This attempt to dance depicts our repressed desires to dance, to sing, to be like our heroes and feed our nostalgic memories of an impartial childhood when dreams were more embodied. Driven from prevalent codes, styles and behavioural patterns of the contemporary dance community, the performed actions focus more and more on this alleged failure and on the possibilities and chances concealed within. The Title relates to Andy Warhol’s reproduction series of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” entitled “Thirty Are Better Than One”. The main assets of a reproduction are on the one hand its recognition value, on the other and even more so it’s identification of distinctive details. To nourish this knowledgethe least visual trace is sufficient. Let’s dance!