- 15.05 > 27.05.2023
Holding Present is a new collaboration between choreographer Ula Sickle and Ictus. Holding Present examines how an individual gesture can become a powerful collective act. Weaving a fabric of existing and newly commissioned compositions by Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Stellan Veloce and Didem Coskunseven, a group of eight performers slowly and consciously build a moment, a momentum, moving toward the breaking point where individuals become a critical mass.
The performance makes use of unusual instruments such as swinging bull roars, aluminum tubes, small handheld rocks and megaphones, as well as a modular synthesizer. The dancers and musicians collaborate to realize both the musical and choreographic score. Thus the performers engage with each other on new terrain, charting lines of flight in the present. And while they build over the duration of the piece, the audience integrates into the fabric. They too become part of the moment, becoming responsible for momentum. Holding Present is a powerful rehearsal for building the foundations of collectivity.
Concept, choreography: Ula Sickle I Creation and performance: Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Marina Delicado, Marie Goudot, Ruben Orio, Michael Schmid, Mohamed Toukabri, Tom Pauwels & Ula Sickle I Concept, musical direction: Tom Pauwels (Ictus) I Composers: Didem Coskunseven, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Stellan Veloce I New instruments: by Gert Aertsen I Light and sound: Ofer Smilansky I Scenography: Richard Venlet I Costumes: Wang Consulting I Production: Ictus & Outline I Co-commission of the piece by Didem Coskunseven: Ircam-Centre Pompidou and Ictus I Coproduction Ircam/Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou, Concertgebouw Brugge, Kunstenwerkplaats & Perpodium I With the support of Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government I We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts