BEAUTY of ACCIDENT – ROPE PERFORMANCE
AUG 28 2014 > INTERNATIONALE TANZMESSE > Düsseldorf
MAR 19 2014 > MUSEUM LUDWIG FORUM > Aachen
OCT 2-3 2013 > REPLAY MDT > Stockholm
MAR 15-16 2013 > MDT > Stockholm
JAN 31- FEB 1 2013 > World premiere > INKONST > Malmö
JULY – AUG 2014 > UFERSTUDIOS > Berlin
FEB – MAY 2014 > DANSENS HUS > Stockholm
Since 2006 QUARTO has created two trilogies, which are not trilogies in a classical sense but rather a long-term research, each piece is autonomous and yet intertwined, creating a sense of coherency. The performance ‘Beauty of Accident’ is the last part of the trilogy ‘BEAUTY’ that now continues to unfold into two new pieces, ‘Durational Rope’ that will premiere 26th of April at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and the ‘Rope Installation’ which is exhibited at Dansens Hus in Stockholm between February and May; an experimentation involving an extreme physicality between body and rope.
The research for ‘Beauty of Accident’ was initiated in January 2012 in Brazil and continued during an artistic residence at The Swedish Arts Grants Committees studio under the International Dance Programme, a two year long residence at SITE (Production Center for Performing Arts in Stockholm) and a month long residence at INKONST in Malmö and MDT in Stockholm.
What happens to the body when dealing with an object? Or when an object is imposed on the body? How can movement originate from an object? How to return to the object its subjectivity, once lost, in order for it to become object and serve a function? How can the object be redefined? What is an object? Would an object be the mode of perceiving a body? The mode of perceiving an interested body? There is always a relation of interest between the subject and object. For example, a rope is one thing when used to bind or hold something together, and another thing when used as a whip. So an object in its own sense does not exist, but rather a manner of use.
QUARTOS desire is to experience the intensities between body and rope. Thereby trying to dissolve the presence of habits, psychological representations, a character, common sense, the relations of duality and opposition between two bodies, woman/man, ceasing the ego and drama. Thus trying to create an impersonal presence, an empty being, without a personal story or plot. The ‘empty body’ as an entrance into the territory of subjectivity, seeking to undo pre-established forms and plunge into the field of accidents, an immersion into chaos, in constant construction and deconstruction of shapes. What types of forces do these bodies evoke? How to capture the intensities passing through the rope and bodies? Using the force of ‘nature’/’beauty’, as a way of effectuating resistance to any form of power.
Trilogy BEAUTY of: FEAR (2010-2011) DESPAIR (2011-2012) ACCIDENT (2012-2014)
This is QUARTOS second trilogy that initiated 2010, the result of a praxis that evolves from a long-term process based research. What has beauty got to do with all of this? Fear seems to be the contemporary Beauty in controlling people through the lack of courage, Despair on the other hand disorganizes Beauty, crushes the harmony and creates disorder, while Accident is the Beauty in non essential causes, the possibility for the unforeseen. QUARTO is investigating Beauty in new contexts, in places seemingly far from finding it.
Artistic director, choreography, concept & performance: Leandro Zappala
Choreography, concept & performance: Anna Mesquita
Sound designer: Philippe Boix-Vives
Light designer: Tobias Hallgren
Video: Palle Lindqvist
Poet: Naima Chahboun
Philosophers: Fredrika Spindler & Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback
Graphic design & production: QUARTO
Sponsor: Pille Repmakarn
Co-production: INKONST, MDT and SITE (production center for performing arts)
Supported by: The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm’s Culture Committee and The International Dance Programme – The Swedish Arts Grants Committeé’s International Programme for Dance Artists