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In Performance: DD Dorvillier / human future dance corps – Danza Permanente (Belgium)

DD Dorvillier / human future dance corps
Danza Permanente


11-12 May, 2012, 20:30 (World Premiere)
STUK kunstencentrum
Leuven, Belgium

15-16 May, 2012, 21:00 (French Premiere)
Le Forum, Blanc-Mesnil
Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis

26-30 September, 2012 (US Premiere)
The Kitchen, NYC
Co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française’s (FIAF) Crossing the Line 2012

The choreography of Danza Permanente comes from a musical composition created in Vienna two centuries ago by a deaf man. Initially written for four stringed instruments, the score is transposed into movement for four dancers. They embody the musical structure, behaviors, and dynamics of the string quartet over time, and through space. The dancers behave as sound, in their becoming of visible music in silence. The transposition is by DD Dorvillier and Zeena Parkins, with dancers Fabian Barba, Nuno Bizarro, Walter Dundervill, Naiara Mendioroz, and rehearsal assistant Heather Kravas. The acoustic environment by Zeena Parkins and lighting design by Thomas Dunn follow the score and frame this visible music.

Choreography and concept: DD Dorvillier
Acoustic environment, musical direction and analysis: Zeena Parkins
Performers: Fabian Barba, Nuno Bizarro, Walter Dundervill, Naiara Mendioroz
Artistic advisor/rehearsal assistant: Heather Kravas
Lighting design: Thomas Dunn

Costume design: Michelle Amet

Sound guru: Sébastien Roux
Technical director: Jeff Englander
Project manager: Milka Djordjevich
European management: Colin Pitrat

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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