Sonntag, 1. Dezember 2013

dense moments - a song cycle

long-term collaboration project between Jan Schacher (sounds, interaction-technology, gestures) and Angela Stoecklin (dance, sounds)

In the collision on stage of body and movement, electronic sounds and gestures, the domains of music and dance fuse into an expression of an intricate and densely woven web of meaning. On stage, in a meeting of the practices of electronic music performance and interactive dance, the goal is to explore links and dependencies, analogies, similarities and a common movement and sound language.
The ultimate state and expression of this union is expressed on stage in a state of intense presence, flow and fusion between the media and art forms. We are searching for a linkage between the non-verbal art forms dance and music, where the body can take on the role of a musical instrument and the electronic music obtains a physical form and expresses motion pattern. We are interested to find a crossing point where the two art forms become like one. 

We work in the field of improvisation, as this is the most direct form of communication. We aim for dialogue and equal positioning more than music accompanying dance or dance following the music.

1) sounding bodies - moving sounds

 I a) New Delhi / India, November 2013   
On invitation from the Sound Reasons Festival  Jan Schacher and myself got a residency through Pro Helvetia. This consisted of
- teaching workshops on improvisation and the interaction between music and dance for musicians and dancers
- preparing a performance with the Indian dancer Namrata and Swiss musician Lionel living in Delhi for the Sound Reasons Festival on Wed Nov 20th at the Alliance Francaise in New Delhi, password d3e3l9h6i8 (performance at Alliance Française 21.11.13)
-residency between JAn and myself for our project Dense moments - a 'song'-cycle, password d3e3n6s2e3 (open-form music&dance work session)

   b) Lausanne / Zurich August 2014
the four artists meet again for mutual working sessions in Lausanne, and a performance at Corner College in Zurich (Sun August 10th).

IHabana / Cuba October 2014 
- workshop for dancers, musicians and fine arts on interaction and improvisation at ISA (Instituto Superior de Bellas Artes)

- performance at Teatro del Museo de Bellas Artes:

        - "one hand clapping", Jan Schacher and Angela Stoecklin
        - performance piece for pianist Sunlay Almeida Rodriguez interacting with Jan Schacher (sounds)
          and Angela Stoecklin (dramaturgy, action proposals)
        - Instant Composition with two dancers and one musician from ISA

thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council and the Laboratorio de Musica Electroacustica, director Emmanuel Blanco

teaching on the relationship and interaction between music and dance in intercultural contexts

III Tokyo, Japan  December 2015

 three week artists residency at 3331 Arts Chiyoda
- collaboration and performance on Dec 17th at 3331 Arts Chiyoda with dancers Junya Ishii and 
Kota Nagaya, and Yuko Sasama, musician


Photo: Steven Seidelberg

2) dense moments - a song cycle

a) March 23rd 2014: performance at Atelier Herman, Hochdorf
b) May 9th 2014: performance at Pantographe, Moutier following a five day residency there

3) one hand clapping
Two bodies in a space:
Feet fidget, arms flutter, necks crane and heads collide; for a brief moment hands cut the air with woodblocks and a bow glides and skitters, together beginning a dance. Sounds appear within an instant, the impulse of an arm sweeps them away onto a journey of their own. Hovering over the instrument, a body melts into melody, another swiftly alters shape and dynamics. Movements trace the space, movements beat the time, sounds arch the body’s back and caress our ears.

The performers are entangled in a game of sounds and gestures and explore the potential of this encounter, lightly shifting between sounds and movements. The audience is being led from the poetic to the bizzare, from the humorous to the serious, from the emotional to the factual, through richly intense situations and atmospheres. The interaction between music and dance opens up spaces where the compositional handling of bodies, sounds and time is the essential element of performance.

The performance venues vary from industrial spaces to conventional stages, from white cube to black box, from urban to insider spots.

I) residency at 3331 Arts Space Chiyoda, Tokyo, JapanDec 6 - 28 2016
     - 16/12/2015   Co-oh Art Space, and  17/12/2015   3331 Arts Chiyoda,

Photo: Viviana Ramos

Montag, 30. September 2013

Particular dogs

Particular dogs is a multilayored dance duet about parallelism, spacial as well as  physical obligations and dependency. Somehow a tender piece but not in lack of rough edges and fragmentations. 
We associate a nordic atmosphere, a solitary way of life, something odd and peculiar which also includes proximity, warmth and caring.

concept, choreography, dance: Angela Stöcklin, Angela Rabaglio
sound, sound installation: Simon Berz

Premiere 26.September 2013, Pantographe, Moutier
passwort:  fragment

Freitag, 28. Juni 2013

"ghosts", (Spazio Ludens2)

Photo: Jan Schacher

installative Performances on co-existencies, imaginary and real spaces
„have you ever wondered  at the thoughts, imaginations and imagery that happen at the very same moment in the minds of the surrounding people, or those in that city or country or world...?“

In „ghosts“, (Spazio Ludens2) a dacer, a musician, a visual spacial artist and a light designer interact in different spaces. Inspired by each specific situation they playfully transform them in installative performances. You find yourself in the midst of dream and nightmare, dense athmospheric imagry and silent shadows rushing by. Well tuned compositions meet the chaotic, childlike scenes with eerie ones.

Angela Stöcklin (concept, movement)
Matthias Rüegg (spacial design)
Anselm Caminada (Sound)
Antje Brückner (lighting design)

Sun 11. Aug 19h, 
Tue 13. / Wed 14. August 2013, 20h
Colorant.LAGER, Ausstellungsstr. 16, 8005 Zürich
Sat 7. Sept 18h and 20h, Sun 8.Sept 2013, 17h and 19h
Nachtgalerie, Schaffhauserstr. 316, 8050 Zürich

Fri 13. / Sat 14. December 2013, 20h, ProbeBühne Cîrqu'enflex, Basel
Thu 23. / Fri 24. January 2014, 20h, Stanzerei, Baden
Fri 16. / SAt 17. May 2014, 19.15, Steckborn, Festival Tanz:now

Photos: Ch. Glaus

with the kind support of Fachstelle Kultur Kanton ZH, Stadt Zürich Visual Arts and Dance (Performance support), Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Georges ind Jenny Bloch Stiftung, aprivate sponsor, Stadt Basel Kulturpauschale and Stadt Baden (Deficit-guarantee)

Mittwoch, 20. Februar 2013

"instant 3", 2012


cultural exchange project
Instant Composition music/dance with artists from different cultural backgrounds

2012 Bangalore, Kottayam / India

Arts are means of communication. Dance and music as non-verbal communication forms bear potiential for inter-cultural exchange.

In my research series „instants“ dancers and musicians from different cultural backgrounds are brought together to mutually experience moments of instant creation. Through the playful way of improvisation in unique moments of sharing art individual and culturally shaped patterns of communication interact to mutually enrich one another.

Different artistic and cultural positions meet in shared working processes.

"instant 2" was invited to take place in Cairo in February 2011, and then in spring 2012. The revolution interfered

kindly supported by Hamasil Foundation