Production Details / Press Releases
Performers are watching screens. They are addicted. “Twin Peaks” is there, it has been fogged by time. The memory selects what remains for us and often for reasons we cannot explain. A past event can be reduced to only a feeling, a smell, an image, a sound, a colour etc. A memory can give us a very strong sensation even if what remains is abstract. In the piece, the perception of the videos is reduced for the performers, who look at the images as an old memory, and for the audience because of their physical distance. The American series, “Twin Peaks”, directed by David Lynch and Mark Frost in 1990 had a huge influential impact on the world of film and especially television programming. What is the power of a TV series and what makes us so addicted to it? Twin Peaks has many answers to these questions but the most interesting for this project is how they deliberately intended to shroud the issue. Even futile things become surprisingly inordinately important to the plot. As we follow the seasons, the episodes get more intense and confusing. In French we say ‘brouiller les pistes’ (to cloud the issue), the word ‘brouiller’ has the same roots as ‘brouillard’ which is ‘fog’ in English. The editing of the videos and the choreography are similar: they influence and are dependent on each other, however they are not exact copies. The mysterious movement of the dancers are obsessive but for imperceptible reasons. How can we receive images as a physical impulse into a choreographic space rather than being seated in a chair and being emotionally touched by them? The performers are addicted to the screen, it is their food! They are ready at any time but only one element makes them move, the rest of the image is blurred. The opaque fog hides the landscape, however, the red light can still guide us through it.
Cast & Credits
Choreography & Video: Nina Berclaz
Performance: Nina Berclaz, Esther Manon Siddiquie, Klaus Bitto
Music: Benedikt Schiefer
ada Studio is funded by the cultural administration of the Berlin Senate.
Management / Organization: Gabi Beier
Public relations: Silke Wiethe
Technical management & lighting design: Ansgar Tappert
Thanks to the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin and the Uferstudios-Team.
ada Studio in den Uferstudios
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):