works

Atmosphere

Marc Vanrunxt

2015

Against the background of a city in political transition the choreographer Marc Vanrunxt and the dancers searched for the possible contract between 'the art of choreography' and the desire of the young dancers. Regardless the shared resilience, Istanbul is in almost everything a denial of the way Vanruxt normally works. The city is not just another context in which one can soak but it is a place where his basic principles of thinking, centered around time and space are being tested. This collaboration gives him the opportunity to (re)discover a number of themes and variations that form the basis of his work, together with younger dancers who have had a different training or come with different cultural influences.Together they want to be remembered of the political meaning of the body and dance in another socio-political context.

The title Atmosphere is a reference to Vanrunxt’s obsessions with time (duration) and space (nearby and far away), to a state of mind (nearby – introspection) and to a state in the universe (far away – observation).

“ It is not necessary to create Atmosphere on purpose. It appears as a result of the ability to concentrate on what’s most important.”

(Andrei Tarkovsky)

In recent years Vanrunxt has made solos for exceptional dancers such as Marie De Corte (Real, So Real, 2015), Rob Fordeyn (Discografie, 2013) and Igor Shyshko (L’art touche au ciel et à la terre, 2014). These solos were always reliant on the personality of the performers. Vanrunxt extracts a brilliance from these people and then magnifies it. This made-to-measure approach will be no different in this Turkish-Belgian production.

“ It is not necessary to create Atmosphere on purpose. It appears as a result of the ability to concentrate on what’s most important.”

(Andrei Tarkovsky)

Credits

choreography: Marc Vanrunxt 
dance: Gizem Aksu, Asli Bostanci, Melih Kiraç, Orçun Okurgan 
technics and lightdesign: Stefan Alleweireldt
costume: 'Climate Revolution’ by Vivienne Westwood 
music: Els Mondelaers & Daniel Vanverre, Every Stranger Looks Like You,
Gyorgy Ligeti, Deathprod, Scott Walker 
assistance & artistic advice: Marie-Anne Schotte
photography: Raymond Mallentjer
production: Kunst/Werk
coproduction: Platform 0090, Europalia, with the support of the Flemish Community

Performances

  • 27/10/15 Kaaitheater, Brussel PREMIERE
  • 28/10/15 CCBe, Berchem
  • 29/10/15 STUK, Leuven
  • 30/10/15 De Spil, Roeselare
  • 08/12/15 December Dance 15, Brugge
  • 09/12/15 C-Mine, Genk
  • 23/04/16 NTG, Gent

Press

Your Absurd is our reality (eng)

Your Absurd is our reality (nl)

De ziel van Istanbul (nl)

The soul of Istanbul (eng)