(b)reaching stillness 2015
Three apparently motionless bodies are lying on blue ground. In (b)reaching stillness standstill is regarded as a continuous change and investigated on its physical potential. The starting point are Baroque still life paintings – not only due to their obvious element of immobilisation but mainly due to their ability of ‘vitalization’ of dead or inanimate motifs. Glamorous climaxes emerge out of a monochrome surface before collapsing once again. Throughout the piece a cyclical dynamic is developed, which cannot be affected by any arising moment of drama or opulence. Constant decay and reshaping, imperturbable chance, blossoming, sinking down and rising up again.
On stage dynamic standstill and different forms of resurrection appear together. On an acoustic level Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony (1894), seems to be an opposition; in its dramatic and lush form it elude any kind of immobilization. However, for (b)reaching stillness the motif of resurrection – freed from its religious attributions – becomes a vital principle within ordinary getting up, synchronous revue or simple repetition.
Concept, Choreography, Performance: Lea Moro
Co-Choreography, Performance: Enrico Ticconi, Jorge De Hoyos
Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann
Sound: Marcus Thomas
Lighting Design: Annegret Schalke
Technical Direction: Annegret Schalke, Stephan Müller
Stage Design: Katrin Fürst
Costume Design: Lydia Sonderegger
Choreographic Assistance: Julia Keren Turbahn
Dramaturgical Advice: Linda Sepp
Graphic Design: Zelika Pravidc
Production: Marie Schmieder
(b)reaching stillness is produced by Lea Moro in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. With the kind support of the Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs, Nationales Performance Netzwerk (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag. As well supported by the city of Zürich, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, Georges & Jenny Bloch Foundation, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and Pact Zollverein Essen. Special thanks to Tanzfabrik Berlin, Wiesenburg e.V. Berlin, ada Studio Berlin, Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Kunsthaus Zürich, Dampfzentrale Bern, Tanzhaus Zürich.
In the frame of the research period of (b)reaching stillness funded by Stadt Zurich Kultur a publication and postcard-set was produced.
The second performance of (b)reaching stillness on the 5th of June 2015 at Sophiensaelen Berlin took place as part of the scientific-artistic symposium Künste des Anhaltens – Verfahren des Stillstellens in Theater, Tanz und Performancekunst. Detailed information about the program: www.kuenstedesanhaltens.wordpress.com