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In Performance: Philippe Saire’s BLACKOUT (Zurich, Switzerland)


Black Out
Philippe Saire
Rote Fabrik
October 4 & 5, 2012

Black Out, after a series of pieces marked by theatricality, renews with the plenitude of movement and above all bearswitness to a very old attachment of Philippe Saire’s to drawing. Here, the materiality at work in Lonesome Cowboy (creation 2009) is at the centre of the performance in the form of a black granulated floor, composed of thousands of fragments in which the dancers’ movements leave traces, thus composing a choreographic piece inside which is a work of fine art. Although a dramaturgical framework is clearly visible, as always with Philippe Saire, the choreographer clearly intends to give pride of place to his graphic preoccupations in the construction of a narrative base. Here, dance touches the intimate sphere and offers a visionfrom on high to the audience, who are watching a work in progress. At the frontier of dance and performing art the piece incorporates the spectator -gripped by the intensity of movement on this black surface – within its performing space. These images of a return to the source, of regression, or even of an elegy to the shadowy part in each of us, from which the contemporary insistence on overexposure distances us, induce in the audience a sensual relationship, almost physical and tactile, with this moving composition, turning the performance itself into a veritable experience.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, 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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