ti/l\t

A dance, sound and object composition by Jonathan Kolski and Connor Shafran

Premiere: October 29th, 2021 – Berlin HfS Ernst Busch

Concept, development: Jonathan Kolski, Connor Shafran
Sound: Connor Shafran
Choreography, Performance: Jonathan Kolski, Nolwenn Samson
Programming support: Jakob Kilian

Is it possible to delight all muses at the same time? When a choreographer and a composer dream of a temple of sound and movement, it unexpectedly transforms into a monstrous instrument reminiscent of a modern Prometheus – a Frankenstein.
ti/l\t acts out the relationship between body, object and sound.
Who/what manipulates what\whom?

Pictures: copyright Connor Shafran

geometrical monsters

Residency “Moving the Forum“, may / june 2021

Pictures: copyright Maluva Pictures

The monumental geometrical patterns of the public spaces of the Humboldt Forum symbolise and (re-)enact the power of past and present governments and institutions. The building imposes seriousness and stiffness on present bodies. To counteract this, the dancers play with a “soft” geometry, experimenting with different properties of the cubic form, within, beyond and between their bodies, and with materials found digging in the rubbish containers of the Forum, remains of the construction site.

fête

For most present and past human cultures, celebrations of both life and death involve forms of collective practice of dance and music.  The Western civilization has been known to let these “village” practices fade away as it transitioned to modernity and urbanity. Dancers, musicians and party-goers have been more and more specialized, and therefore, separated.

“Fête” is a playful invitation to stimulate the rituality of our dancing. In a space without a stage, audience and performers mingle, forming, for the most part, a collective circle (or several concentric circles, depending on the size of the space/the amount of people).

Besides traditional rituals, the circle is also to be found nowadays in our modern dance cultures in the shape of “jams” or “battles”. The circle proposed by “Fête” is not quite a jam or a battle, because of the choreographic input shaped by the performers: The performers are at the same time Master of ceremony, Shamans, Storyteller and Instructors. “Fête” acts as a modular storytelling system – its drama is not told by the sole performers, but by the ensemble of performers and audience.

nachtwachen

Nachtwachen : Choreographie nach dem Gedicht von Bertram Reinecke

Sowie der Poet Bertram in seinem Gedicht den Zufall inszeniert, spielen die Tänzer mit dem Klang und dem Wahn der Wörter.

Choreographie: Jonathan Kolski

Gedicht: Bertram Reinecke

Tanz: Jonathan Kolski und die Tänzerinnen der Vollzeit Ausbildungsklasse 2017 (Tanz Zentrale, Leipzig)