Creative research laboratory - Lyon
Theater / Dance / Circus / Music
de création artistique – Lyon
17 and 18 April 2014
With MIDDAY AND ETERNITY (the time piece) choreographer Eleanor Bauer creates the closing piece of a trilogy that started with A Dance for the Newest Age (the triangle piece) and Tentative Assembly (the tent piece).
The triangle-tent-time trilogy is rooted in an ontology of dance as a synthesis of many facets of experience and intelligence. The three pieces challenge the modern delineation of science, politics, and spirituality as three separated spheres of truth production, adopting one of these three corners of understanding at a time as a vantage point from which to look back at the tripartite whole.
A Dance for the Newest Age (the triangle piece) works through scientific models of the visible and invisible world to organize the movements of many bodies as one, Tentative Assembly (the tent piece) emphasizes the political nature of choreography as an organization of people’s movement together activated through the relationship between individual and collective, and MIDDAY AND ETERNITY (the time piece) approaches the spiritual within dance as a practice connecting singularity and universality, emphasizing “the dancing, not the dancer” as the driving force.
The trilogy also concerns and defines itself in time: A Dance for the Newest Age reconsiders the past as a kind of contemporary, Tentative Assembly negotiates the present through our engagement with each other in the here and now of live performance, and MIDDAY AND ETERNITY approaches the future by way of Eternal Recurrence, placing the dancing body’s relationship to the future in its production of predictability, potential and continuity. The Midday that opens up to Eternity is the timeless center of a daily practice that connects at once past, present and future, continuously generating new futures in its engagement with the present.
Considering the major unknowns of the future and spirituality, MIDDAY AND ETERNITY looks straight into the middle of a lifelong practice of dancing and making dances for the blind spot within the familiar that holds the key to its entirety. Rather than searching for new or undiscovered territories in the untouched corners beyond the known, MIDDAY AND ETERNITY digs deep into what we know very well in order to discover what might have been hiding right under our noses all along.
Direction Eleanor Bauer
Creation, performance Eleanor Bauer, Rebecka Stillman, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Naiara Mendioroz
Music Chris Peck
Costumes Ada Rajszys
Scenography 88888 – Lighting Bardia Mohammad
Executive production Caravan
Production for GoodMove (Brussel, BE)
Coproduction Kaaitheater (Brussel, BE), BUDA (Kortrijk, BE) in collaboration with Festival Latitudes Contemporaines (Lille, FR), Vooruit (Gent, BE)
Residencies SIN Culture Center (Budapest, HU), PACT Zollverein (Essen, DE)
With the support of the Flemish Authorities, the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region (VGC)
Eleanor Bauer is artist in residence at Kaaitheater (Brussel, BE)
Special thanks to Nathan John, The Wild Unknown
Thu 17 April 2014 / 20:00
Fri 18 April 2014 / 19:30