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“Dancing means dealing with inertia and explosivity at once. Not one or the other, it is always both. Dancing is always both, and more.”
The double bill “Loops” brings together two interlinking choreographies, a solo and a trio. In “Scary solo” (2020) Cristina Caprioli, at once an old lady and a reckless child, looks for a groove, yet remains uncertain. Meanwhile the recurring work “Omkretz” from 2013, is looped once again. In “Omkretz2.22” (2022) two dancers and a live musician perform the thrill of speed, sharp edges and untamed dancing.
Tanz im August is devoting a major retrospective to Cristina Caprioli, the influential choreographer and pioneer of postmodernism in the Nordic countries. Since the early 1990s Italian-born Caprioli has challenged and extended the notion of choreography. In championing an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research and creation, she has produced a prolific body of works spanning the domains of dance, film, text and installation. As a retrospective “ONCE OVER TIME” draws on over 22 works from 2002 to the present day and includes performances and one concert by 22 artistic collaborators. Across interactive settings and immersive spaces, audiences are invited to delve into Caprioli’s unique practice and philosophy, through which she continues to reimagine dance as a mode of thinking.
The text below, written by Caprioli, complements the evening program for “Loops” with additional context for and insight into Scary Solo and Omkretz2.22.
ONCE OVER TIME | LOOPS
Dancing is a passion, and a nightmare, most of the time it is disorienting, but also grounding. Either way, dancing, or at least my own dancing, never lands on its feet in a flash, rather keeps lingering on the spot, chasing its own tale, looping one and the same circuit of doing. As if a proper outcome was unthinkable, as if moving-on would be unfair to the very concept of motion. And then, the paradox of dancing, so unreliable, and generous, disobedient, yet compliant, insecure, exuberant, protective, suspicious, faithful, outraged… worst of all, always too fast or much too slow. Dancing means dealing with inertia and explosivity at once. Not one or the other, it is always both. Dancing is always both, and more.
LOOPS brings to display two kinds of dancing, one very diffused, the other overly strict, both lingering on the spot, beating around the bush. Cause and effect rearranged, high frequency in every beat, speed, stillness, control, and abandonment all at once. For the sake of catching a trajectory, whilst throwing yourself off track.
LOOPS performs two choreographies, Scary solo and Omkretz2.22
There she is, moving around, pondering over number of options; should she settle for a puddle or travel the field? Wait for something to rearrange the plot? Or pull out a scream and coerce a displacement? Mrawrrrr… soon enough she gets stuck in a groove, leaving the uncertain unresolved. After all, the point is that she moves, that she actually moves. And the kind of response her steps are counting on.
ragbags of moves, underwater oblivion, single images, shifting landscapes
body uncertain, caught in a loop, patterns repeated and transformed, hair dancing unleashed
at once old lady and reckless child, dancing in too many directions, continuously lost in translation
Scary solo is a playground of negativity for the optimistic restless, for she who dances wherever she lands, with everything to fear and nothing to lose. Quite scary, of course, yet harmless and rather pathetic.
By and with Cristina Caprioli
Music: Asher Tuil, album twenty-four views, tracks 9 – 14 and Alessandro Cortini, tracks Stambecco, Rovina and Dormi. Visual imagery snatched from you tube, lights by Thomas Zamolo
Scary solo was premiered 2020 at Weld, later again, in a slightly different form at Dansens Hus Stockholm. Summer 2021 it was performed at ImpulsTanz in Vienna, and in the fall on tour in Sweden.
Blazing dancing and overwhelming music in a cohesive race, the piece loops a triple trajectory at hyperbolic speed, whilst handling the complexity of narrow corners and sharp edges. Recklessness and determination. Two dancers and one musician performing a contained yet untamed groove.
sharp dancing looping a circuit, double, and rerun
body coerced, reckless in rigor, thrusting a hyperbole of speed and complexity
dancers and music mirroring each other, single moves repeated over time, sameness in difference on the lose
danced by Philip Berlin and Madeleine Lindh live music by Yoann Durant
lights by Thomas Zamolo
Premiered as a duet in 2014, Omkretz was performed 2015, 2016 in Stockholm, Växjö, Florence, Berlin, at MoMA PS1 NY, Annenberg Center Philadephia and Riksteatern Hallunda. Resumed in 2019, Omkretz became a solo, recurrently performed in the Hall in Stockholm Farsta. In 2020 Omkretz2 turned into yet another solo, Omkretz22, performed at Dansens Hus in Stockholm and on tour in Sweden. In 2022 the two solos are once again merging into a duet, hence the title Omkretz2.22.
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Cast & Credits
By: Cristina Caprioli
With: Philip Berlin, Madeleine Lindh
Live music: Yoann Durant
Lighting design: Thomas Zamolo
In the frame of ONCE OVER TIME – a retrospective / Loops
Concept: Cristina Caprioli
Curation: Cristina Caprioli with Anna Grip, Andrea Niederbuchner, Virve Sutinen
ccap Team: Anna Grip, Masha Taavoniku, Anne Vigeland
Supported by: Anna Grip AB, Embassy of Sweden Berlin, Region Stockholm, Swedish Arts Council, The City of Stockholm Cultural Administration, Carina Ari Foundations, The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
In co-production with: Cullberg, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Commissioned by: Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Tanz im August 2022
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer: Ekaterina Voronova
Production Assistant: Johanna Herrschmann
Production Associates: Vivien Hohnholz, John Hoobyar, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Raquel Moreira, Lilli Ruopp, Tammo Walter
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)
Hallesches Ufer 32
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
The video documentation is produced 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):
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)
Cristina Caprioli / ccap / Trailers and Video Documentations
- Cristina Caprioli / ccap: rigor – my lips (from speaking) (2022)
- Cristina Caprioli / ccap: Undercover – cloth interactive (2022)
- Cristina Caprioli / ccap: Spoons – att att5.7 (2022)
- Cristina Caprioli / ccap: Silver – The Missing Children: at tatt2.22 (2022)
- Cristina Caprioli / ccap: Scary Solo (2022)
- Cristina Caprioli / ccap: A Line_up (2017)