A trademark in Metamorphosis Dance's project is developing a very physical choreographic vocabulary, influenced by the greatest choreographers of the 20 century. This entails looking tirelessly deep into the artistic possibilities of a technique that deconstructs dassical physicality by incorporating contemporary present-day elements whilst simultaneously coming from an academic background.
The urge to explore new forms of choreographic composition is the starting point for Metamorphosis Dance's latest creation, Elkarrizketa lunak ("Conversations in the dark in Basque). The artistic couple Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich has come forward with a piece made up of very defined sections and showing a personality of its own. Each section is inspired by something different, which affects the dancing as well as the physicality, the music, the lighting and the choreography itself
Elkarrizketa ilunak (Conversations in the dark") is an innovative show on a choreographic level. On stage, Metamophosis Dance investigates its own approach to choreographic composition. The company wants to approach communication itself in this show. Its conversations on a physical level. Dynamic actions and reactions of conflict, love, unrest.... which they express not through speech, but through the body. The inspiration for the choreography is the possibility or impossibility of communication. What happens when two people taLk in the dark? By placing a conversation out of context, the type of message changes. As put by the creators, "We want to explore how the context can change communication. Even if you're still the same, the environment you're in modifies the way you communicate. We investigated how to translate this into choreographic composition itself for this production.”
The neon lights in the piece are another great breakthrough under the company's belt. In Elkarrizketa llunak (Conversations in the dark), the stage and lighting designs take center stage. They are two of the choreographic elements, which gives the show a unique atmosphere and personality. Metamorphosis Dance wanted to explore how light can create new spaces on stage. Performers use the neon lights on the stage - they hang them up, use them as screens, interact with their beams and shadows... As expressed by Igor Bacovich: "We have brought Nicolas Fischtel's lighting design to the forefront in our latest production. We had always wanted to make a more complex show around light. Here we explore how it can create spaces, while keeping in mind our main interest since movement, dynamics and choreographic composition are most important for us." On a bare space lit by haunting neon lights five performers dance a demanding choreography to a piano playing minimal electronic music. Composer Francesco Tristano's music acts as a common thread throughout Elkarrizketa Nunak ("Conversations in the dark).
Specialised in baroque music and contemporary composition, this piano virtuoso showcases an array of original songs and piano covers of electro and Detroit techno classics in his album Not for Piano. Elkarrizketa llunak's musical choice features not only highlights from this work, but other electronic pieces of Tristano's, as well as music by Liu Yiwel. These musicians hybrid, technical, demanding and enthralling qualities further show how Metamorphosis Dance experiments and crosses boundaries in the search for perfection at all times.
Direction and choreography: Igor Bacovich e Iratxe Ansa
Dancers: Iratxe Ansa, Igor Bacovich, Sasha Riva, Simone Repele, Jay Aries
Music: Francesco Tristano, Liu Yiwei
Light design: Nicolas Fischtel
Text: Iratxe Ansa, Igor Bacovich
Voice: Alberto Serrano, Jay Aries, Igor Bacovich, Monica Hamil
Assistant: Alberto Serrano
Scenography: Iratxe Ansa, Igor Bacovich
Costume design: Iratxe Ansa, Igor Bacovich
Costumes: Carmen Granell
Production: Gabriel Blanco (Spectare Producción Creativa)
Residency: Centro Coreográfico Canal
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes