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Deborah Hay: Alignment is everywhere (2019),  dance movie documentary festival opening

 

The opening night will be introduced with a short documentary film, Alignment Is Everywhere (2019), directed by Peter Humble and David Young and shot together with the choreographer during her visit to Australia. In it, she meditates on her life, work and on her attitude to dance and the body. It is hard to imagine a more appropriate introduction into the work of Deborah Hay.

 

Film was created by Peter Humble and David Young.

It will be screened in English with Slovene subtitles.

Organisation: Kino Šiška and NDA Slovenija

 

After the performance The Match we will organize an artist talk with director David Young

 

Friday, November 22nd, 2019, at 8:30pm

Kino Šiška, Katedrala Hall

Cullberg: The Match by Deborah Hay (2019) – dance performancefestival opening

 

Choreography: Deborah Hay
Original lighting design: Jennifer Tipton
Reworked lighting design: Ivan Wahren
Costme: Marita Tjärnström
Rehearsal director: Lisa Drake
Dancers: Adam Schütt, Agnieszka Sjökvist Dlugoszewska, Anand Bolder, Eleanor Campbell, Suelem de Oliveira da Silva, Unn Faleide (four dancers, interchanging cast)
Duration: approximately 55 minutes
Year of origin: February 2004, Danspace, New York
Cullberg premiere: Tanz im August, Berlin 23 August, 2019

 

The Match is the second collaboration of the emblematic American choreographic innovator Deborah Hay and the legendary Swedish ballet Cullberg in a short period. The dance quartet (awarded with the American dance Oscar – Bessie Award) is a dance-mill in which the choreographer’s refined somatic principles are embodied by the best contemporary dancers and intertwined with filigree details. A dance delicacy!

 

Deborah Hay (b. 1941) began her dance education in New York with the famous Croatian ballerina Mija Slavenski and she performed regularly with Merce Cunningham ensemble in the first half of the 1960s. Perhaps this was also the reason why she could only perform with the Judson Dance Theatre in the first and the last five of their sixteen presentation nights which took place between 1962 to 1964. In her dance-work, which is heavily marked by studio movement research, she first started with early dramatic dance-technical experiments in which she used gaming devices, sports equipment and simple kinetic instructions. She soon started to be interested in various micro-kinetic processes of the ordinary, everyday bodily movement, heavily imbued with the knowledge of the so-called dance somatics. Deborah Hay places filigree research of movement into choreographic macro-structures with open scores and tasks that the dancers always solve in accordance with their own judgement, knowledge and responsibility. This forms magnificent works. Debra Hay’s oeuvre includes choreographies, studio and pedagogical work, as well as a number of films and books.

 

The performance The Match is an open work for four female and male dancers, layered with tasks and a score. In the framework of the given score it suggests to them to perform different spatial, kinetic and voice tasks that build up the choreographic structure. At this point, there are very few contemporary dance ensembles that that would be possessed of enough dance skills and bodily attentiveness, imagination and responsiveness to be able to create such an impressive performance of The Match as has the Cullberg Ballet. In the first decades from its establishment (1967) this ensemble was led by Brigit Cullberg and Mats Ek and it moved the boundaries of ballet art. Since it was taken over by the Dutch Gabriel Smeets a few years ago, Cullberg has turned into a contemporary dance ensemble with top dancers and one of the most daring repertoires in the world.

 

The opening night will be introduced with a short documentary film, Alignment Is Everywhere (2019), directed by Peter Humble and David Young and shot together with the choreographer during her visit to Australia. In it, she meditates on her life, work and on her attitude to dance and the body. It is hard to imagine a more appropriate introduction into the work of Deborah Hay. In the lobby, a film, Deborah Hay Not as Deborah Hay (2011) will be shown as well, in which we can see the choreographer speaking while demonstrating different dance-kinetic tasks.

 

 

Organisation: Kino Šiška and NDA Slovenija

Entry: 7/9 EUR

Please note: This performance features nudity.