Edita Antalová & Lukáš Zahy
Residency @ Stodola Drozdov near Prague
Bazaar Festival - The Nature of Us Project
Choreography : Jana Tereková
Part 4 [31/12/2021]
WE ASKED THE DANCERS...
What did the repetition and the long time do to our bodies? How did the body deal with the research on „weird“ ?
A gateway to altered states of consciousness, repetition has been used by shamans and in rites since the dawn of time. An age-old device in musical theory and choreography as well, brought to stage by artists such as Trisha Brown or Lucinda Childs, it has the power of simplicity and minimalism, the ability to alter minds of the spectators, to create a mystery and tension and to draw the audience much deeper in the detail. However, it may also be frustrating and prove as a test of endurance not only for the audience but the performers as well. „The dancer repeating the same step is different from the dancer he was a second ago. Can the step be the same?“
What is the actual experience of the dancers, what are effects on their bodies?
“During our first residency for the new project, we spent two weeks in isolation of a small czech village, living together with few animals just across the studio. It all was a precondition for a research of abnormal repetitive behavior.
From the start, diving into any repetitive movement was a form of meditation for me, all my perception was driven inside my body and I felt enclosed from the outside world. It was hypnotic in a way. Soon my body was transforming itself into a body-machine, I felt like being programmed just to perform this specific action. I started to have an impression that I can only carry out that particular movement as if I have been executing it for ages and was no longer capable of making any other move. However, after some time even the most basic movement started to create a tension in my muscles and joints, everything suddenly felt much heavier. The hardest thing was to find the moment of exit and change from one repetition into a new one. As a dancer you feel exposed even more because each tiny detail stands out and is resonating with the viewer. Nevertheless, I found a lot of new possibilities to play within one move which I wouldn't normally think about and started to introduce small derivations each time. I was researching for myself the motivation and initiation for the movement, its mechanics, speed, dynamics, the accents, intensity, or the effort I used. It is more of a somatic way of work as I am trying to find the right muscles to execute each small movement, to understand how it is created and how it may be carried out using the least effort. Even though I still didn't find a perfect sustainable option for me, I'm looking forward to the process of our research which is very exciting.