Award-winning Darkroom Contemporary launches its new interdisciplinary production – In C I DOUBLE BILL – a vibrant, contemporary dance programme.
In C I DOUBLE BILL merges sound, motion and technology in a series of innovative representations of new dance. In C is made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission.
Darkroom Contemporary has been nominated for Best contribution to Visual Arts, including Public Arts by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport: Western Cape Government, Awards takes place on 3 March.
This company is recognized for their innovative approach to presenting and re-imagining dance theatre. They return with a vibrant programme of dance fusing digital soundscapes, interactive motion technology, and experiential approaches to contemporary performance.
In C will be staged as part of the 30th Dance Umbrella Festival from 10-11 March at 18:00 and 14:30 respectively at the Dance Factory in Gauteng. The premiere of clone will take place from 15-16 March at the William Kentridge’s Centre For The Less Good Idea, in Jozi. In C I DOUBLE BILL then returns to Cape Town for a performance run at the Magnet Theatre from 20-25 March.
This project is a continuation of Darkroom Contemporary’s mission of developing sustainable employment and skills development opportunities within the performing arts sector.
A series of collaborative performances, interactive installations, educational workshops, and forum discussions has been set up as par to this event. In C is made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission. The Baxter Theatre assisted with funding towards the initial production of IN C in 2016. clone is produced through additional support from the Centre For The Less Good Idea and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
These performances will include space for audiences to experience the project’s interactive motion sensor installation – a sonic playground where everybody becomes a dance maker and a composer, using their own motion to create unique soundscapes and movement phrases in real time. Created in collaboration with some of Cape Town’s leading composers, musicians and designers, this double bill consists of two dynamic dance works by choreographer Louise Coetzer, clone and In C, both featuring live music.
Evolving from its ongoing campaigns to share dance with a broader audience, Darkroom Contemporary’s Artistic Director Louise Coetzer amplifies this mission to place dance at the centre of our urban, technologically driven landscape through In C, “I approach dance-making as a medium for narrative and connection – that of the bodies within space, but also with the aim of connecting dance as an art form to the world outside the studio or theatre, and to other art forms. In an age of technology, digital media and mass visual overload, my interests stretch towards allowing dance to interact with unexpected fields – especially those which seemingly have little or no direct connection – mathematics, science, computer – and digital technologies, physics and design.”
The first work, clone features a new musical score by acclaimed musician Brydon Bolton, for solo double bass and computer-generated sound, resulting in an unconventional and exciting pairing of these contrasting disciplines. This interactive installation enables motion sensors to read cues from the dancers’ movements, triggering sound events which compose a unique sound score to each performance, in real time. Celebrated sculptor Heath Nash contributes set and visual design. clone will premiere at the Centre For The Less Good Idea’s FOR ONCE Programme on 15 & 16 March 2018, with further performances in Cape Town as part of Darkroom Contemporary’s In C I DOUBLE BILL from 20 – 25 March 2018. clone is produced through additional support from the Centre For The Less Good Idea and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
The second work, IN C – originally commissioned for the Baxter Dance Festival in 2016, is a vibrant and energetic portrayal of contrasting synchronicity and counterpoint. Terry Riley’s landmark 1964 composition IN C is given the 21st century treatment in its adaptation for two laptops by music duo Without Eyes. The choreography takes its cue from this seminal minimalist composition, highlighting its fleeting moments of connect and disconnect. Even though IN C appears fixed, the decisions, responses, and interplay between the musicians and dancers shapes its outcome, making each performance unique. In C features as part of the 30th Dance Umbrella Festival on 10 & 11 March, at the Dance Factory, JHB, before showing in Cape Town as part of Darkroom Contemporary’s In C I DOUBLE BILL from 20 – 25 March 2018. In C I DOUBLE BILL exists as dance performance merged with audio visual experiences, while provoking questions on the search for human connection within a technologically consumed world.
Leading up to the performance season in March 2018, Darkroom Contemporary will host a series of educational workshops and development initiatives. For the duration of the company rehearsal period in Cape Town during February 2018, open sessions will take place every Friday – dancers are invited to attend company class or participate in the day’s rehearsal. Members of the public are welcome to attend these open sessions, which will be followed by a forum discussion to highlight and address current issues affecting the arts & culture communities in Cape Town. All sessions free of charge and open to all.
A series of schools’ performances and educational workshops aimed at young people take place in Cape Town and JHB during February and March 2018. These initiatives from part of Darkroom Contemporary’s ongoing audience development plans and focus on sharing new dance experiences with all. This project is funded by the NLC as principal funder, with additional support from the Centre For The Less Good Idea and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. The initial development of In C during 2016 was enabled by the Baxter Theatre Centre.