Islands

Salva Sanchis

2014

Islands is a project of Salva Sanchis that runs continuously through the years 2014 and 2015. It consists of a collection of small dance pieces that will be presented both individually and in different combinations. There are solos, duets and trios ranging from 1 to 12 minutes long each. Each piece has its own separate identity, and together they form a diverse but specific movement and choreographic landscape.

Islands is born out of the choreographic challenge of creating dances of short duration that are completely autonomous in their dramaturgy. Islands is to dance what short stories are to literature, or what songs are to music. The audience will have the opportunity of witnessing dances that don’t unfold into a bigger story, that don’t relate to a hidden master structure. Instead, each Island exists on its own, and because of that each Island doesn’t refer to anything but itself.

Islands #1 - Salva Sanchis - Pablo Castilla

Islands #2 - Salva Sanchis - Stanislav Dobak

Islands #3 - Peter Savel

Islands #4 - Salva Sanchis - Inga Hakonardottir

Islands #5 - Salva Sanchis - Peter Savel - Stanislav Dobak

Islands #6 - Peter Savel - Salva Sanchis - Stanislav Dobak - Jason Respilieux -Inga Hakonardottir

Islands #7 - Jason Respilieux - Inga Hakonardottir

Islands #8 - Jason Respilieux - Inga Hakonardottir - Peter Savel - Salka Ardal Rosengren

Islands #9 - Inga Hakonardottir - Peter Savel - Salka Ardal Rosengren - Stanislav Dobak - Jason Respilieux

 

There is no overarching theme that links Islands. The purpose of this project is precisely to rid the act of making dances from the compositional constraints that emerge in the making of a full evening piece. Each Island will have its own subject, and that is what they will all have in common. Dance will not be dealt with as a medium to a theme, but as a theme and a goal in itself. Based on that approach, it is the encounter between the choreographic interests of Salva Sanchis and the particularities of each of the performers that will define the specificity of each Island.

Islands starts off with the making of mainly solos in the first half of the year 2014. These first 4 Islands will form the core of a net of creations that explore different formats (duets, trios) in the course of the second half of 2014. Every Island creation takes place during a short residence, and is presented to an audience at the end of that residence. As performers start overlapping in different Islands, and lengths and formats of pieces start diversifying, the final goal is to present full evening programs made up of different possible combinations of pieces by the second half of 2015. Every full evening Islands presentation is potentially different than the next, and involves different performers.

Islands #1      Salva Sanchis - Pablo Castilla
This work challenges the mechanisms of visual perception by displaying a fragmented body, in which different body areas move separately, and yet a cohesive image is created. In this way, the video addresses the idea that reality is not something that we ‘receive’; it is rather something that we construct from loose pieces of information, and which we then project onto our environment.
Islands #2     Salva Sanchis - Stanislav Dobak
This dance is built around the musical concept of “time signature”. By dividing equal measures of time in different ways, the two dancers establish a visible connection that is nonetheless open in its shape. This work follows a thread initiated in “Islands#1” where it is the rhythm rather than the form that makes the image readable.
Islands #3     Peter Savel
This is the only solo in the whole Islands series. Made with and for Peter Savel. A simple improvisational task unlocks infinite movement possibilities. This work deals with stillness in movement and with transformation without change.
Islands #4     Salva Sanchis - Inga Hakonardottir
Rhythm in silence. Two dancers establish a rhythmical groove in the absence of sound. What is normally hearable is in this case made visible.
Islands #5     Salva Sanchis - Peter Savel - Stanislav Dobak
Perhaps the most simple of all the Islands. A trio built out of walking, running, accelerations, decelerations and encounters. Space defines movement defines space.
Islands #6     Peter Savel - Salva Sanchis - Stanislav Dobak - Jason Respilieux - Inga Hakonardottir
A puzzle made of interlocking dance sequences, danced by 4 or 5 dancers. Movements repeat, but relations are constantly changing
Islands #7     Jason Respilieux - Inga Hakonardottir
This is a miniature duet. We looked for the minimum possible size of full body movement that could maintain definition and quality. The contained range of movement brings focus to the space in between the dancers.
Islands #8     Jason Respilieux - Inga Hakonardottir - Peter Savel - Salka Ardal Rosengren
(April 2015)
Islands #9     Inga Hakonardottir - Peter Savel - Salka Ardal Rosengren - Stanislav Dobak - Jason Respilieux
(September 2015)

Credits

choreography: Salva Sanchis
cast: Stanislav Dobak, Peter Savel, Salka Ardal Rosengren, Inga Hákonardóttir, Jason Respileux, Salva Sanchis
artistic collaborators: Pablo Castilla (Video)
music:Amon Tobin “Warda’s Whorehouse Inside Out Version”
Jim O’Rourke “Despite the Water Supply”
Autechre “Fold4,Wrap5”
Disjecta “Tiny Elements”
John Cage “Music for Marcel Duchamp”
NSI “Tiny Elements”
The Red Krayola “Pride”
production: Kunst/Werk
coproduction: STUK, CCNR Lyon, Neerpelt Takt/Dommelhof, Espaço Alkantara Lisboa

Performances

  • 13/02/14 Artefact in STUK, Leuven
  • 13/02/14 Islands#1 - Video installation untill 23/03/2014
  • 14/02/14 Artefact in STUK, Louvain
  • 15/02/14 Artefact in STUK, Leuven
  • 16/02/14 Artefact, STUK, Leuven
  • 25/03/14 Monty, Antwerp
  • 03/10/14 CC Maasmechelen
  • 23/10/14 CC Strombeek-Bever
  • 25/11/14 STUK, Leuven
  • 26/11/14 STUK, Leuven
  • 27/11/14 STUK, Leuven
  • 30/01/15 The Image Generator, Antwerp
  • 31/01/15 Dommelhof, Neerpelt
  • 23/04/15 Bouge B, deSingel, Antwerp
  • 28/04/15 Salva Sanchis workshop @ CCNR, Lyon (FR)
  • 29/04/15 Salva Sanchis workshop @ CCNR, Lyon (FR)
  • 30/04/15 Salva Sanchis workshop @ CCNR, Lyon (FR)
  • 12/05/15 CCNR, Lyon (FR)
  • 18/06/15 Working Title Situation#1, Kaaistudio's, Brussel
  • 19/06/15 Working Title Situation#1, Kaaitheater studio's, Brussel
  • 05/09/15 Espaço Alkantara, Lisbon (PT)
  • 14/11/15 Next Festival, LAM, Villeneuve D'ascq (FR)
  • 15/11/15 Next Festival, LAM, Villeneuve D'ascq (FR)
  • 18/11/15 Next Festival, LAM, Villeneuve D'ascq (FR)
  • 19/11/15 Maison de la Culture, Tournai
  • 20/11/15 Next Festival, Espace Pasolini, Valenciennes (FR)
  • 21/11/15 Next Festival, location tbc, Ieper
  • 23/11/15 Next Festival, city hall, Kortrijk
  • 24/11/15 Next Festival, city theater, Kortrijk
  • 28/11/15 Next Festival, Buda, Kortrijk (Première compliation)
  • 11/12/15 Working Title Interventions, Kaaistudio's, Brussel
  • 29/01/16 TAKT Dommelhof, Neerpelt