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Recording: 2016-10-09 , NAH DRAN 59 | ada Studio (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Elma Riza

Story of Shapes – Extended Blue

NAH DRAN 59 | ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Production Details / Press Releases

The story began in January 2015 as a solo work and became recently extended. This research is about imaginary and real space, a visual and acoustic composition in constant transformation. The performers and musician work with the idea of shapes as a starting point and deal with the different aspects and topics emerging from this visual element. The bodies become a still picture for a moment and part of the visual composition, along with the minimal soundscape and pulses, jumping back to movements and improvisation. It is a constant change between abstraction and a living story, questioning how space can influence us and our actions, and change our perception of time. “Story of Shapes – Extended Blue” is a work in progress, we give the focus on the process and for it understand the performance as practice. It’s an endless process, each performance is new but at the same time the continuation of the last one. “Story of Shapes” is about a sensitive dialogue between the body and the shape. The improvisation switches continuously between poetic fictions and graphic research. For it we use tapes to have the possibility to change every time the configuration of space. Blue is what solicits a certain way of looking from me, it is what allows itself to be palpated by a specific movement of my gaze. It is a certain field or a certain atmosphere offered to the power of my eyes and of my entire body. (“Phenomenology of Perception”, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 1945)

“‘Story of Shapes – Extended Blue'” is my third instant choreography work. In 2013, I presented the piece ‘Air’ at NAH DRAN, ‘Air’ was a collaboration with Nina Schwarz and the KOLLEKTIVTRANSIT. This piece was the starting point of works with object, composition and space. From that I developed ‘Playground#1’, which I presented at ada studio with musician Klaus Janek in July 2014. And for this year I will present ‘Story of Shapes – Extended Blue’ with Mireia Aragonés and Eric Wong. The common point of these three projects is that they represent a starting process for new researches, that I will continue to develop and collaborate with Berlin artists.” (Elma Riza)

Cast & Credits

Concept: Elma Riza
Performance: Mireia Aragonés, Elma Riza
Sound: Eric Wong

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

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 21 80 05 07

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)

Elma Riza / Trailers and Video Documentations

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