Friday, 1 April 2011

Retrospective – Altered Daily (2011)


Retrospective – Altered Daily (2011)

By Alan Parker (partner and collaborator)

2011 Dance Umbrella (February 2011), at Wits Theatre Complex, UJ Theatre Complex and The Dance Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa. Produced by the First Physical Theatre Company

Created by Alan Parker (for the First Physical Theatre Company)

What if...
What if the movement really does mean nothing?
What if you add a little something to nothing?
Does the nothing become something?
Is the somethingsomething new or is it something else?

Repeated each day for eleven days, the ‘dance’ (dubbed Trio F) is an extension of ideas presented by Yvonne Rainer in her seminal work, Trio A. Much like the original, Trio F is a relishing of all things ‘un-dancey’ – no phrasing, no virtuosity, little rhythm, no variation or repetition and, essentially, no intended meaning. Every day the extraneous theatricalities of another production* are then ‘pasted’ on top of it.

Why?

To see what happens.

Choreographed by Alan Parker

Designed by (after the originals) Gavin Krastin

Performed by Alan Parker, Gavin Krastin and members of the First Physical Theatre Company (for two performances)

Originally filmed by Jessica Denyschen

Edited into clip by Rory Appleton

*In performing Retrospective – Altered Daily we referenced and borrowed from eleven existing performances; Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A (1966), Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913), Pina Bausch’s Bluebeard (1977), Kazuo Ohno’s My Mother (1981), DV8 and Lloyd Newson’s Enter Achilles (1995), Dominique Boivin’s Transports Exceptionnels (2007), Gary Gordon’s Unspeakable Story (1995) and Shattered Windows (1993), Robyn Orlin’s Daddy, I’ve seen this piece six times before and I still don’t know why they are hurting each other (1999), Steven Cohen’s Chandelier (2002) and  Nelisiwe Xaba’s Plasticization (2006).


Gavin Krastin in Retrospective – Altered Daily (photo by Suzy Bernstein)


Alan Parker and Gavin Krastin in Retrospective – Altered Daily (photo by Suzy Bernstein)


Alan Parker in Retrospective – Altered Daily (photo by Suzy Bernstein)


Alan Parker in Retrospective – Altered Daily (photo by Suzy Bernstein)