NO to spectacle. No to virtuosity. No to transformations and magic and make-believe (Y. Rainer, No Manifesto)
After Trio A is based on Yvonne Rainer’s minimal dance piece Trio A and the No Manifesto written alongside of it. Trio A reduced dance to its essentials and is considered one of the beginnings of postmodern dance. Yvonne Rainer turned the then current conventions of dance and the perception of body upside down, saying ‘dance is hard to see’.
After Trio A is not a re-staging of Trio A but a dialogue with it. Two dancers are asked to learn a part of the original Trio A phrase live on stage, without any previous knowledge of it. They do it in front of the audience, learning from a recording of the original piece played on a TV monitor, within the course of one hour.
About this video:
“The video is a documentation of the entire After Trio A performance as danced by Christian Guerematchi and Michael Jahoda. At the very end of the performance, the dancers dance the Trio A phrase as they have learned it during the performance and without the aid of the monitor. They dance it at the same time, next to each other but not looking at each other, working with their own memory of the phrase. At the end of this video, I have added the last sections of the performances danced by Dereck Cayla and Neda Hadji-Mirzaei (with whom we originally developed the piece) and Iva Hladnik and Sonja Pregrad on two separate occasions. Ultimately, this video will keep growing as we continue dancing the piece with new dancers.”
The audience observes the learning process: watching becomes learning, learning becomes virtuosity, task-like activity becomes a dance, knowledge becomes power, history becomes present, body becomes political, the non-spectacular becomes strangely spectacular.
Credits After Trio A:
Concept/choreography: Andrea Bozic
Video/concept: Julia Willms
Music, sound installation and live performance: Robert Pravda
Original performance made in collaboration with dancers: Dereck Cayla and Neda Hadji-Mirzaei
Dance: Dereck Cayla and Neda Hadji-Mirzaei, Christian Guerematchi, Michael Jahoda, Iva Hladnik, Sonja Pregrad Light design: Henk Danner
Production: Tanja Hendriks ICKamsterdam
Produced by ICKamsterdam in co-production with the Frascati, commissioned and co-produced by Cover#2
Andrea Bozic is a choreographer form Croatia, living and working in Amsterdam. Her educational background is a mix of dance, literature, English, film, theatre and media art. In Croatia, she studied modern dance and earned a degree in Comparative Literature and English Language at the University of Zagreb. In the Netherlands, she graduated from the School For New Dance Development and the Amsterdam Masters of Choreography, both at the Theaterschool Amsterdam.
Her work is interdisciplinary and takes form of performance, installation, short film and collaborations with the weather. It combines conceptual with sensorial, proposes paradoxical situations and asks questions about issues such as the effects of attention and imagination, perception of presence, the politics of viewing, presentation of reality and distribution of authorship.
She has collaborated with visual artist Julia Willms and music composer Robert Pravda since 2005 with whom she founded Tilt in 2010, to further promote and develop cross-disciplinary practice.
Her work has been produced by the Frascati since 2003 and has been presented at numerous festivals and venues internationally. Since 2009, Andrea is artist in residence at the International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam, founded by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten.
Released by dance-tech.tv’s YouTube Channel by courtesy of the Andrea Bozic
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This work is shown here with as courtesy of the artists with educational purposes.
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