inFlux Dance Company (Berne)
“Rei Aliena” is a big title for a series of small episodes. The aim of the choreography is precisely to underline this contrast. It plays with associations, rapid sequences of thought, and it does so in a light manner that is firmly rooted in everyday life.
“Rei Aliena” transforms the side issue into the main issue. Everyday matters and side issues appear, are repeated, acquire greater meaning through repetition and become the focus of attention. A new impulse from outside shakes up the routine, makes it thrash about, wriggle and try to muddle through. The ostensibly irrelevant, routine episode changes, forms a contrast with itself, develops into something new and becomes a new irrelevance which is the focus of the happening. The process then starts over again.”Rei Aliena” plays with constellations of characters and possibilities of action. Unpredictable incidents create a microcosmos of figures and actions which are everyday in origin, but mingled with absurd and surreal images. On the basis of the composition for piano entitled “
The Old Photo Box” by Lior Navok, Lucía Baumgartner has devised a choreographic sequence of images and episodes. The twenty short piano pieces accompany people in everyday situations and describe fragments of action. Like photographs, they capture a single moment. A photograph can be returned to again and again, and this is what Lucía Baumgartner does in “Rei Aliena”. The captured moment is the starting point for an episode, it is then transformed by external impulses, becomes a new moment which in its turn is captured. This new moment then becomes the starting point for a new episode.
This interaction between the traditional and the new, between the routine and the unpredictable, is also reflected in the casting of “Rei Aliena”: depending on the venue, the permanent dancers work together during a brief rehearsal phase with locally-based dancers, and this gives the choreography fresh inputs.
Duration: 65 minutes (with live-piano) / 55 minutes (without live-piano)
|Artistic direction & concept:||Lucía Baumgartner (CH/E)|
||Lucía Baumgartner in in collaboration with participants.|
||Sarah Duc (CH), Tekeal Riley (CA), Mélina Faka (GR) Guestdancers: local dancers|
||Lior Navok (IL)|
|Live Piano:||Sarah Bob (USA)|
||Sarah Bachmann (CH).|