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Radical / Light

Robbrecht Desmet

2016

Radical / Light is an audio-visual performance based on the eponymous dance performance by choreographer Salva Sanchis. Robbrecht Desmet departed from the creation process of the piece for the conception of his film.

His interest is not so much in unravelling the artistic motives or the central idea of the choreography but rather in reflecting on the specific character of the space in which it is created: the rehearsal studio, a half-open, half private workspace where, often in an intimate way, one is anticipating a public moment. The filmmaker is fascinated in this "not yet". The film presentation Radical / Light is not about the performance with the same title but tries to give meaning to the labour that precedes it. Accordingly the strong interest in the artistic material of the dancer: one’s own body and that of the other dancers, the relations with oneself and co-performers. The film collects impressions of the specific and spatial character of the dancing as work and looks for this in a face, silhouette or a garment, in the relations between the dancers and in the complex relation with ones own body.

A live voice-over text, written by essayist Rudi Laermans reflects about choreography, dance and the dancing body, the collaborative making of dance in the studio and the relation between this creation process and a virtual audience, … as well as on the status of the ‘cinematographically imagined’ bodies. This does not start form the position of the filmmaker nor the choreographer: the text rather implies a not specified look, at once more detached but then again highly enthralled. The spoken text does not endorse nor supports the images, doesn’t add information but bets on the possibility of a productive difference between word and cinematographic image without escalating in disagreement.

Credits

Film: Robbrecht Desmet
Text: Rudi Laermans
Assistence: Bertolt Struys
Voice over: Ula Sickle
Choreography: Salva Sanchis
Dance: Inga Huld Hakonardottir, Peter Savel, Stanislav Dobak, Thomas Vantuycom, Salva Sanchis
Music: “Discodesafinado” door Joris Vermeiren en Senjan Jansen
Production: Kunst/Werk
With the support of the Flemish Community

Performances

  • 03/12/16 (PREMIERE) Next Arts Festival, schouwburg Kortrijk
  • 13/12/16 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuven