PHOTOGRAPHS OF A DANCE REHEARSAL
Performance installation for 5 dancers
As a basic rule of the theatre, a show begins once the audience arrives, and ends when the audience leaves.
What happens if the rule is reversed: if the show ends when the audience arrives, and begins when the audience leaves?
Set in a gallery and lasting 3 hours, Photographs of a dance rehearsal is a performance installation which plays with eluding the spectator whilst at the same time offering the spectacle of trembling-dancing bodies.
Inside a large closed room of the gallery, unseen by the audience, a group of professional dancers execute actions and movement sequences: leaps, cries, rolls, runs, walks, etc. Whenever a visitor opens the door and steps inside the room, the dancers pause: they remain still, whilst the visitor is free to walk around the 'show' for as long or as little as he/she likes. When the visitor leaves the room, the performers resume dancing.
Concept and production: Augusto Corrieri
Duration: 3 hours
The piece is restaged with local professional dancers each time.
For Camden Arts Centre, the performers were:
Gill Clarke, Paulo Henrique, Marina Quay, Alice Tatge, Thea Willcocks (Wed 28 May 08)
Naomi Claire, Augusto Corrieri, Ellen Steinmuller, Maria Svensson, Tonny A (Sat 31 May 08)
In December 2010 the piece was restaged at TanzQuartier, in Vienna, as part of What Escapes. The performers for this version of the performance-installation were: Deborah Halzer, Sebastian Gec', Mike O'Connor, Anna Prokopová, K. Olivia Schellander.