fernwaerme #14

5 Jul 2005 - 21:00
california roll

California Roll /Good Work Productions
An installative performance dealing with bodies, landscape, positioning, visibility, points of view and perceptions.
 
California Roll’s visual foundation is a landscape, shaped and sculptured from thrown-out clothes collected from various suburbs in Berlin that extensively ‘house’ the performers, giving them different degrees of appearance or disappearance. These clothes (i.e., discarded trends that were due to be sorted and exported to places and people in the world in the need of clothing) are now organized in space by colors and become a composite esthetic object as well as an ‘exported place’ for the performance.
 
California Roll proposes an alternation of images enhanced by composed naturalistic soundscapes (rain, wind and storms – conditions of nature) and cinematographic soundtracks. The performers play the game of being affected or not by these conditions. They compose movement sequences that ‘pattern’ the colored landscape of clothes which they shape and reshape individually and collectively towards their own notions of space(s) and place(s). The sequences are repeated, revisited and altered by some changes of parameters: the performance moves as a continuous transference in shifts of intentions, shifts of reactions and hints of narration. The repetitive construction of the piece proposes to the spectator to reconstruct along the way her/his own personal experience.
 
California Roll uses the references of various classical paintings and contemporary mediated-body-icons relocated in the scenery. Within the structure of the piece these references are constituting a series of esthetic landmarks that interpret the performing body as a communicative device. The emergence and the transformations of the classical figure in the modern body operate seamlessly between desire and pathos towards an amalgamated 'style' reflecting the 'inter-place' and 'inter-spaces' of body imagery.
 
California Roll / Installation version will engage the visitor in physically investing the clothes landscape, proposing various points of view on the performance, from direct sight to birdview through a mirrored ceiling. The performance will take place in a time frame of several hours.
 
Concept and realization: Ben Anderson, Hanna Hedman, Bruno Pocheron and Isabelle Schad.
Soundtrack: Rut Waldeyer and Thomas Charbonnel.