P4M.Online.Video.Festival.DAY14:XLABFACTORY (Italy), Aaron Landsman (USA), Philipp Gehmacher (Austria), Colin Gee (USA)

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Contemporary Performance is hosting an online video festival of performance works and excerpts from 06.14.2010 to 07.02.2010. We’ve curated some of our favorite user submissions and online videos from today’s leading contemporary artists and embeded them here. The videos range in purpose and content and include rehearsal videos, process videos, performance documentation, lectures, made for video, dance on camera, video art, and vj.

DAY 14

XLABFACTORY (Italy)
RACCONTI DEL MANDALA (Mandala’s stories)

A video synthesis of the interactive performance RACCONTI DEL MANDALA.
Performed by FRANCESCA DELLA MONICA who uses a “datasuite” for modifying video, her voice live and sound interactively. Based on a original novel by ANDREA BALZOLA (XLAB) structured in a YPERTEXT, it tells about 7 stories linked to several characters whose paths are similar to a mandala diagram. The goal is the center to which every character arrives coming from different ways, evoked by sound and video visions. The meaning is the necessity to find the center of sé in the chaotic networked society.

XLAB is a multimedia factory composed by Andrea Balzola Anna Monteverdi Mauro Lupone. It produced Multimedia Theatre, digital and interactive projects for show and exhibitions.The three components of XLAB works as teachers in Academy of Fine arts (BRERA, CARRARA) engaged in SOUND DESIGN, DIGITAL PERFORMANCE, MULTiMEDIA DRAMATURGY. They are also author of several essays and book about new media arts. XLAB has produced as DIGITAL PERFORMANCE:

Aaron Landsman (USA)
Excerpts from Open House

Excerpts from The Foundry Theatre’s production of “Open House,” written by Aaron Landsman, directed by Melanie Joseph, performed by Raul Castillo, Heidi Shreck and Paul Willis. Performed March 2008 in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Commissioned by The Foundry, this piece was presented in 24 apartments all over the city of New York, from a squat in Bushwick, to a mansion on Staten Island, to an artist loft in the South Bronx.

Aaron Landsman makes live performances that mix scenes, monologues, dance, installation and the occasional cheap pratfall. Many of his pieces are staged in apartments, offices and other familiar locations, while others utilize established performance venues. Working this way allows the setting to become its own character, helps implicate the audience into the action and exploits the theatricality of places we go every day. Currently he is working on several projects, including “Appointment” an ongoing series of performances in small offices for single audience members.

Philipp Gehmacher (Austria)
Like there is no tomorrow

coproduced by Tanzquartier Wien, Kaaitheater Brussels, Montpellier Danse 07, Centre National de la Danse Pantin and Pact Zollverein Essen

Philipp Gehmacher grew up in Salzburg and in Vienna. In 1993 he went to London Contemporary Dance School where he received a BA in Contemporary Dance in 1996. After the first solo “the mumbling fish” he enrolled for an MA Dance Studies at Laban Centre London which he was awarded in 1999. After ten years in London he returned to Vienna during the Summer 2003.

During his final period in London he choreographed the pieces “in the absence”, “Holes and Bodies” and “embroyder”. For the opening of Tanzquartier Wien in 2001 he created the duet “good enough”, which, after a period of international touring, was reworked into a new version with the choreographer Raimund Hoghe in 2004 and last shown at ÖsterreichTanzt 06.
With “mountains are mountains” he presented his first evening length group piece coproduced by Springdance Utrecht, Tanzquartier Wien, Podewil Berlin and Vooruit Gent. During the season 2004/05 he realised the project “incubator”, which was created over four stops in Vienna, Berlin, Brussels and Lyon. The coproducing partners Tanzquartier Wien, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kaaitheater Brüssel and Les Subsistances Lyon were each presenting a unique version of the developing piece.

In Spring 2006 the solo “das überkreuzen beyder hände” with the pianist Alexander Lonquich, initiated by Mozarteum Salzburg, Szene Salzburg and ImPulsTanz Wien, was premiered at the Dialoge Festival in the Mozarteum Salzburg. Upon an invitation of Montpellier Danse Festival, Philipp Gehmacher created in the frame of Le Vif de Sujet the solo “between now and then” for the French dancer Frédéric Schrackenmuller.

Colin Gee (USA)
Untitled, (Lightwell)

“Untitled, (Lightwell)” is from the Portrait and Landscape series. The performance seeks a counterpoint between character ⎯ often defined by a brief set of movements ⎯ and architectural setting, whether interior or exterior. A tacit drama emerges between these elements, even as expectations of narrative and linear time are subverted by the brief, looping performances.

Trained as an actor at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, Colin Gee is currently the founding Whitney Live artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was the 2009 visiting artist-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine.

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