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Recording: 2014-08-26 , Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Laurie Young

How is Now


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It’s time. It’s about time. In time, on time. Time by our side, time on our hands. Take your time, take time out. Tell the time, time will tell. Spending time, timing it. A long time, a lot of time, the whole time. Killing time, wasting time, doing time. The times have changed, the time has come. Time passing, time running out. Time’s up.

How is Now is archaic. The stage is set with a drum kit and a dancer. We are stuck in its expectation. We are loaded with the history of the songs we’ve played before and the dances we made in the past. But these bones are not as young anymore.

We are here to observe time and re-visit the way it frames the way we move. We walk, talk, blink too fast or too slow. All these gestures that we make in a lifetime is uncountable. Unquantifiable.. Gestures change their meaning with repetition and age and we find ourselves slipping into a way of using our limbs to which we are unaccustomed.

What if you could see gestures frame by frame and through the lens of a different rhythm? How does this affect the way we perceive a body? Within this frame, this cell of movement, how many other thousands of movements are happening? Within this second, how many moments are passing? With these rhythms we will celebrate the failures and mistakes of trying to fit in. We move until we no longer can, we move until we disappear.

Laurie Young is a Berlin based Canadian choreographer and performer. She was a long time member with Sasha Waltz & guests and has enjoyed working with Hanna Hegenscheidt, Nasser Martin Gousset, Meg Stuart, Eszter Salamon, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller among others. Her latest piece, Natural Habitat (2011), was created with Heike Schuppelius in the Naturkundemuseum, Berlin.

Johannes Malfatti is a composer and sound designer from Berlin. His diverse work for film, television, theatre and music projects ranges in style from electronic music to orchestral composition. Malfatti is part of the canadian experimental pop project ensemble with whom he has collaborated with artists such as Björk, Cat Power, Lou Barlow, Dominique A and The Twighlight Sad.

Cast & Credits

COMPOSITION: Johannes Malfatti
SUPPORT SOUND: Ignacio Buquete
COSTUME: Mody Al Khufash
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: M.i.C.A. – Movement in Contemporary Art
A production by Laurie Young in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Supported by Radialsystem V / Sasha Waltz & Guests.
Thanks to Boris Bell, Jörg Bittner, Kodac, Guntar Kravis, Nino Malfatti, Grayson Millwood, Zoja Smutny and Enrico Wey.


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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. 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):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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