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you are cordially invited to the following
Rotterdam premiere:

Savage (photo)


medvetánc [bear dance] - degrees of (in)tangibility:

S   A  V  A   G   E

Friday, 9 December 2016
Kaleidoscope Miniatures

Wolfaertstr 25c
Rotterdam (NL)

doors open 18.00h
admission €5

(Hungarian: "bear dance") started from a personal fascination for hair, fur, muscle, and (cis-)masculinity. the childhood memory of the same-named piano piece by 20th-century Hungarian composer Béla Bartók lead to the cultural phenomenon of dancing bears, which sometimes still is practiced in remote parts of Central and Eastern Europe. what was once an ancient ritual of life and death, has mostly become utterly cruel, crude popular entertainment, no longer deemed acceptable - an exreme example how dance, spirituality, and physicality can be treated.

in a series of short vignettes, often centered around a single piece of popular/folk art —music, imagery, films, but also stereotypes— the performer creates an intersectional identity strip-tease towards establishing the closest, most intimate possible connection with the audience, exploring and questioning otherness. while many features are pre-set, the piece varies from performance to performance, an exercise in live-dramaturgy.

Savage is a first breaking moment, where the performer faces the witnessing audience, in a transgressing, personal, private and vulnerable moment.
most of the dance happens on the level of personal energy.
it is not certain whether the performance will be fully successful.
internally, the performer is singing every word of the title-song (& means it)

the full series was worked on earlier during a residence at CLOUD/Danslab,
Den Haag, November 2015

 S O L I T A R Y   G E O G R A P H Y

choreography: Elaine Summers

re-intepretation: Thomas Körtvélyessy
in collaboration with dancer
Bella Bouman

Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam (NL)
Saturday 17 December, 2016


with kind support by
SKVR Dansschool, Kinetic Awareness® Center, Inc.
aisthesis (stg in oprichting)

thanks to
Tigresa Lopez-Garcia

Elaine Summers was an instrumental pioneer for the further development of postmodern dance. In memory of her passing 2014, and as a contribution towards the ongoing project The Elaine Summers Dance Score Book, Thomas Körtvélyessy will create a re-interpretation of the dance Solitary Geography with 4th year student at codarts Bella Bouman in public space. The slow, internally driven movements in the central part of the dance will be surrounded by the ongoing rhythms of people crossing the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam ...

This performance was made possible by generous support of Reàl Dance Company, aisthesis (stichting in oprichting), Kinetic Awareness® Center, Inc. / the Elaine Summers Legacy Project, and SKVR Dansschool.

Elaine Summers Dance & Film Co.Kinetic Awareness® Center LOGO SKVR Dansschool  aisthesis (stg. in oprichting)


Dec 17
Solitary Geography - by Elaine Summers, Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam - more info
Dec 9
medvetánc [bear dance] degrees of (in)tangibility: Savage - Kaleidoscope/Wolfart, Rotterdam - more info
Nov 5       
A Sint You Want - by Gloria Holwerda, ERIF conference, Innsbruck, Austria - more info
Oct 15

void_unReversed - collaboration with Asami Kiuchi & So Oishi, NoPatent Pending #25,Den Haag - more info
Sept 7

poidespaces - collaboration with Benjamin Strauch (piano) at Electro Camp #4, Mestre/Venezia - more info
June 11
3x generations improvisation - CLOUD at Danslab, Den Haag - more info
May 8
lecture Kinetic Awareness® - tamed 13, Dresden - more info
April 29
International Day of Dance - Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam - more info

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