„MOTION PHONOTOP“ – movement and sound, has been the main topic of research labs at TAW since the beginning of 2010. “Fusznoten …” stands for a culmination of the exemplary artistic enterprise. The title describes an exemplary interface of sound and movement fostering a complex dramaturgy within the unique architectural space of the former Jesuit Theatre of Vienna.
The research culminated at the former Jesuit theatre at the Aula der Wissen-schaften right in the heart of Vienna. It’s modern and yet at the same time historical ambience (oldest theatre venue of Vienna) is the ideal background for the space-text-choreography created by Sebastian Prantl.
At the premiere on October 15th 2010, Friederike Mayröcker read personally. Her charismatic presence in the act of reading is the starting point for a unique choreographic reading of her work by Sebastian Prantl and his dancers. In the course of the performance, the five protagonists, each of them from a different cultural context, establish relationships between themselves, textual fragments, movement and sound. The pianist Cecilia Li plays pieces by Debussy, Satie and Scriabin which are complemented by further music material: the American composer David Lang.
„Prantl […] used the author’s texts as a source of inspiration to work just as associatively and sensitively with his five dancers as Mayröcker does with language. The author read in a completely dark room, just a reading lamp illuminated her face. Even only the poetry of the “beggar of words”, who read of “language rotating in her head”, would have provided a fabulous evening. However, Mayröcker’s presence was an honourable bonus (following performances will work with recordings of her reading) after which a wall in the background opens up. Light floods the room through three doors. Another wall disappears behind the audience, spotlights light up. The dancers conquer the stage with smooth and vibrant movements. Again and again they surprise us with postures, lifts and stretches taken from classical ballet. In the constant flow of moving bodies, they display a wide range of feelings. The sweeping rotations, bends and flexions, the encounters and partings are accompanied by Cecilia Li at the piano […]. Just as readers and listeners are deeply affected by the resonance of Mayröcker’s texts, the dancers are deeply affected by the piano’s sound: they dive from the light into the dark and disappear from time to time – just to appear on stage again in the next moment.” (Mag. Ditta Rudle, tanz.at)
Music Dramaturgy/Piano Solo: Cecilia Li
Dancing Protagonists: Caitlyn Lace Carradine, Claire Granier, Alexsandro Araujo Guerra, Antonio Izquierdo Martinez, Valentina Moar
Voice: Friederike Mayröcker
Video Processing: Victoria Coeln
Premiered at the Jesuit Theatre Vienna, 2010