16:00 May 10 Vilnius (MO Museum)

Trigger

Annamaria Ajmone (Italy)

Written and performed by: Annamaria Ajmone

Music: Palm Wine

Production: CAB 008

With the support of: Regione Toscana and MiBACT

Co-production: Cango/Umano – Cantieri internazionali sui linguaggi del corpo e della danza (International Sites for Dance the Languages of the body)

In collaboration with: Teatro della Toscana

Premiere: 2015

Duration: 18′

(c) Michela Di Savino

Trigger is a movable system, that organises itself differently according to the location where it’s being hosted. The system reshapes the geometry of the space and, vice versa, the space itself transforms the performance action.

The choreographic score, developing in the inside and outside of the perimeter of a geometric figure

inscribed in the venue, is constituted of pre-established units of movement, which are arranged with one another in instantaneous ways. The audience is seated along the sides of the figure, so as to share the scenic space with the performance.

Trigger is a personal exploration that, for a limited period of time, aims at transforming a space into a “place”. This becomes a shelter, a crossing point and the nest of a body that, in a state of perpetual listening, amplifies the spaces which are internal and external to itself.

Trigger is part of the project ‘Arcipelago/pratiche di abitazione temporanea’ (practices of temporary inhabitancy), a series of actions assembled and experienced in non-conventional spaces. Venice, Florence, Paris, Los Angeles have hosted different choreographic actions within spaces that are experienced and defined as dwellings, living rooms, shelters but are not necessarily houses.

Annamaria Ajmone is a dancer and choreographer. She has a degree of Italian literature from Università Statale in Milano and a degree in dance from Scuola di Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi in Milano. Her productions are [In]Quiete (winner of the special prize from Göteborgs Operans Danskompani at premio Equilibrio 2014); Tiny (winner of Dnappunti coreografici 2014); Mash, a duet in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Marcela Santander Corvalán, To be Banned from Rome with the musician Bienoise/Alberto Ricca.

Since 2015 she’s working on the ongoing project Arcipelago/Pratiche di abitazioni temporanea, a series of site-specific actions. Her works have been presented in some of the most important festivals and theatres of contemporary dance such as: Biennale di Venezia – Danza, Torino Danza, Inteatro Festival – Polverigi, Triennale di Milano, Danae Festival – Milano, Short Theatre – Roma, Bipodi Festival Beirut, On Marche – Marrakech, Night Gallery – Los Angeles and others.

She won the “Best young Italian Performer 2015” prize by Danza&Danza magazine. She collaborated and worked as a performer with Alias Company, Ariella Vidach-Aiep, Daniele Ninarello, Santasangre, Muta Imago, Cristina Kristal Rizzo, Mithkal Alzghair and with the videomaker Maria Giovanna Cicciari.

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Hyperspace

James Batchelor and collaborators (Australia)

Choreographer / Performer / Concept: James Batchelor

Composer / Sound Designer: Morgan Hickinbotham

Producer / Concept: Bek Berger

Lighting Designer: HØV (Matthew Adey)

Illustrator / Designer: Amber McCartney

Developed with partners: Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa), Dance 4 (Nottingham) and Dancehouse (Melbourne).

Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Creative Partnerships Australia, through the Australian Cultural Fund. Also supported by The Besen Family Foundation, The Keir Foundation and Michael Adena and Joanne Daly.

Premiere: 2018

Duration: 40′

(c) Morgan Hickinbotham

From the human body to the cosmos, Hyperspace is an inquiry into the metrics we use to measure the deep unknowns of the universe. It proposes a study of the human body seen through the prism of cosmology, a mapping of the universe within and around it. The interior and exterior landscapes of the body are deconstructed, producing a self-critique of the masculine body and its dominance in space exploration. In Hyperspace, the fleshy material of the body bends, stretches and is  reconfigured as alien transmutation, appearing simultaneously colossal and microscopic.

Hyperspace is the third in a series of works from James Batchelor and his collaborators that grew from a unique opportunity to be part of a scientific expedition to study sub-Antarctic islands in 2016.

James Batchelor is one of Australia’s leading young choreographers. His work is known for its visual clarity, architectural sensitivity to space and rhythmic playfulness. Movement is hypnotically focused and detailed that draws audiences into a contemplative and imaginative realm. His practice is collaborative, spanning mediums of dance, film, music and sculpture. The result is highly original and immersive performances of impact and scale that resonate with diverse audiences internationally.

James’ mission as an artist is to make work that inspires curiosity. To shift assumptions, widen awareness and create possibility. He strives to find ways that dance can be a conversation, collaboration and exchange with other disciplines and communities. In 2016 James was an artist in residence on a two-month expedition to the sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald islands. Since this experience, there has been a particular focus in his work on the intersection of science and arts.

James trained at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Dance) in 2012. Over the last five years he has generated an extensive body of work in Australia including commissions from Chunky Move (Redshift), Dance Massive (Deepspace), Dancehouse (Island), Keir Choreographic Award (Metasystems, Inhabited geometries) and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia (Smooth translation).

His international work is focused mainly in Europe and Asia, as a performer he has worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Iván Pérez, Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move), Antony Hamilton, Prue Lang, Stephanie Lake and Sue Healey.