Seems like a portal is an interdisciplinary project of contemporary music theatre for a dancer, four musicians (flute, accordion, percussion, voice) live-electronics and visual elements. It creates a theatrical electro-acoustic world around the five performers and explores the relationships between the artists and uses motion sensitive sound, visual projections and film.
In eight scenes, the audience will witness developing relationships and intimate stories. The performers deal with improvisation and interaction, form groups and dissolve, have big tutti-moments and individual reflections. Films of the musicians will be projected and distorted via motions sensors that the dancer is carrying,
The proposed project is initiated from the viennese ensemble between feathers. They met with the US-composer Scott Rubin and French dancer and choreographer Christine Bonansea already in 2019 – after many delays due to the covid-19-pandemic the project will be realised this year and will have its premiere in Graz and Vienna in April 2023.
Scott Rubin’s art investigates relationships between movement and sound through electro-acoustic interdisciplinary improvisation. He has studied at McGill University, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), University of California Berkeley, the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), and the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM). His interdisciplinary performances have been featured at Festival ManiFeste (Paris, FR), Gaudeamus Festival (Utrecht, NL), Frequency Festival (Chicago, USA), and Women Defining Butoh (New York City, USA).
Rubin’s artistic practice stretches across music composition, movement, improvisation, dramaturgy, motion-sensor based electronic sound, and live visuals. He works to create situations where multidisciplinary performers can interact to produce visceral moments, exploring themes of intimacy, control, and the sublime. This is accomplished by cultivating deep relationships with the performers of diverse backgrounds, identifying their strengths and capacities, working with them to expand their artistic practices, and unifying the ensemble within a common language where they feel empowered to take artistic risks.
DRAMATURGY, COREOGRAPHY, DANCE
Christine Bonansea creates performances, installations, and films. She is the Artistic Director of Christine Bonansea Company, founded in 2010. Defined by expressive, virtuosic, improvisation-driven movement, her work inhabits an experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment in which other media – theatre, video, visual art and design, spoken word, and music – play an important and integral part. Having studied Modern Literature at Paris’ La Sorbonne, she cites writers and philosophers as major influences. Bonansea received the french national graduation in contemporary dance and studied dance with such luminaries as Regine Chopinot, Catherine Diverres, Mathilde Monnier, Ralph Lemon, Anna Halprin, Nancy Stark Smith. She’s also an accomplished dance teacher in both professional performative and therapeutic setting. She collaborated and performed with internationally artists such as, Nita Little, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Katie Duck, Sara Shelton Mann, Faustin Linyekula, Tino Sehgal, Yoshiko Chuma, Palissimo. In New York City, Bonansea’s work has been presented by Danspace Project, Dixon Place, movement research at the Judson Church. Her dances have also been developed in art residencies and commissioned by numerous venues and festivals worldwide, including YBCA, ODC Theater, San Francisco International Arts Festival, The FRESH Festival (San Francisco); Headwater Theater (Portland); Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida); Earthdance (MA), Artscape (Toronto); Whenever Wherever Festival (Tokyo); The Centre Nationale De la Danse (Paris), AURA Dance FESTIVAL (Kaunas, Vilnus), BIDAM (Busan), Skopje Dance Festival (North Macedonia) and at DOCK11 (Berlin).