Beautiful Dance       Your Eyes       Oh Souvenir

Listen with your eyes. What does it mean to listen? How can the listening experience, the structures of music, be transcribed into movement and expressed in performance? In the Trilogy we have tried not to dance to the music, but to dance in the music, to get inside it and dissect the act of listening. While Beautiful Dance, Your Eyes, and Oh Souvenir all explore very different forms of music: a piano sonata, a rock song, and an operatic duet, what binds the project together is a method, a set of concerns. The Trilogy is an attempt to develop a form of acoustic reading: a detailed, precise translation between the separate languages of music and movement. We try to enter into the music, discovering its structures, and transcribing them onto our bodies. This is an invitation to observe and to listen.

Concept, Choreography, Dance and Production: Albert Quesada & Vera Tussing / Illustration: Gosia Machon / Costumes: Vera Tussing / Writer and Dramaturge: JS Rafaeli / Sound Engineer: Christian Francois / Special thanks to Rebecca Hanson, Alison Duthie, Julia Kalache, Petra Söör and the Costume Department at The Place
Part 1 – Beautiful Dance
Music: Beethoven’s Sonata No.13 in E-flat major Op.27 allegro molto e vivace played by Glenn Gould / Lighting Design: Albert Quesada & Vera Tussing / Residencies: Summer Studios, WorkSpace Brussels (BE), PACT Zollverein (DE), Open Arts Cafe (UK)
Part 2 – Your Eyes
Music: Anno and Honeysuckle by JS Rafaeli / Musical Collaborator: JS Rafaeli / Lighting Design: In collaboration with Andrew Hammond and Arne Lievens / Film and Editing: Vinicius Salles, Jordan Copeland, Ilke de Vries / Sound Engineer: Camilo Tirado / Originally commissioned by ROH2 for ‘Firsts’ at the Royal Opera House, London / Residencies: Choreodrome at The Place, Open Arts Cafe, The Royal Opera House (UK), DeWarande, Bains Connective, WorkSpace Brussels, wp Zimmer (BE), PACT Zollverein (DE)
Part 3 – Oh Souvenir
Music: Parle-moi de ma mère from Bizet’s Carmen, sung by Plácido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa / Lighting Design: In collaboration with Arne Lievens / Produced by Monty / With the support of Vlaamse Overheid, Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts (CoNCA) / Co-produced by Monty, Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Départs) With the support of the Départs/European Commission (Culture program), kunstencentrum BUDA (BE) / Residencies: Monty, wp Zimmer, kunstencentrum BUDA, Summer Studios (BE), Choreoroam / The Place, The Royal Opera House (UK), PACT Zollverein (DE), DeVIR/CAPa (PT), La Caldera (ES)
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by – Katie Fish
by Eleanor Sikorski