Galdi, Stockinger, Sieber, Moschallsk

Saturday October 17th 18:00

Residence N°2 Open Door

free entrance

Galdi, Stockinger, Sieber, Moschallski

Residence N°2

Our aim for this residency is to keep on researching around the exploration of dance and text and the possibility of their interaction.

Our questioning:
How can text and dance influence each other without being used to describe each other?
Can they have a dialog?
How are these art forms interpreted when presented together?

Our investigation:
- to observe what effect words have on us
- to observe how words can be used as a source for creating movements, when they are written and when they are spoken
- to observe which kind of inputs a spoken text can give to movements
- to observe if dance and/or movements can influence text/words. If so, how?

Where do we start from?
We actually start from the text. The text was written in 2007, specifically for this work. It avoids narrative and presents an intentionally fragmentary array of brief stories, thoughts, questions, aphorisms and single words. It is simple, written in English. We use this text in recorded and written form. The dance vocabulary is created by the dancer through improvisation, using their own backgrounds and physical abilities. But to make room for fresh, novel ideas, an important improvisational impulse is the search for unknown movements using the inputs given by the text and its vocal interpretation. We use several improvisational tasks, which are carried out by using the written and the recorded version of the text. We are interested in words not only for their meanings, which can be found through the totality of the text, but also for their sounds, melodies, rhythms and speeds. Text/words are considered as part of the sound design. Though based on a fixed structure, the recordings of the text were also made through improvisation.

Our investigation on movements and text/words, already started in 2007. For about two years (2007-2009), we have already been working in several “research working blocks”, using various improvisation scores and experimenting with dance, text and sound. The residency in Studio LaborGras will be for us the last working block. Dancers who took part to the research process have been: Josep Garcia Caballero, Nicholas Elliott, Elisabeth Stockinger and Raffaella Galdi. We call this period of research MODES of locomotion. From the exploration made during this last two years we gave shape to three solos and two duos. MODES of locomotion - Solo I already premiered on 10th November 2007 within TanzHerbst Festival, Solonacht, in Dresden. MODES of locomotion - Duo will premier on 21st November 2009 within Duettbiennale, Fürth Kulturforum, in Fürth.

Concept, choreography, text: Raffaella Galdi
Dance: Raffaella Galdi and Elisabeth Stockinger
Sound: Alexander Sieber
Voice: Elke Pusl
Dramaturgy: Mira Moschallski
Video and pictures: Carlos Bustamante

Produced by Raffaella Galdi and artblau Tanzwerkstatt Braunschweig.
Supported by artblau Tanzwerkstatt Braunschweig, LaborGras Berlin and fabrik Potsdam in the frame of Tanzplan Potsdam: Artists-in-Residence.

The research, divided in various working blocks, was conducted from March 2007 till now, in art-blau Tanzwerkstatt in Brauschweig, in fabrik Potsdam, in Potsdam and in Studio LaborGras in Berlin.

artblau Tanzwerkstatt, Braunschweig  residencies
 March - April 2007 - with Raffaella Galdi and Nicholas Elliot
May - June 2007 with Raffaella Galdi and Nicholas Elliot
November 2007 with Raffaella Galdi and Alexander Sieber and Elke Pusl
June - July 2008 with Raffaella Galdi, Josep Caballero and Alexander Sieber
September 2009 with with Raffaella Galdi and Elisabeth Stockinger
Studio LaborGras, Berlin
March - May 2008 with Raffaella Galdi, Josep Caballero , Alexander Sieber and Elke Pusl
September-October 2009 with Raffaella Galdi, Elisabeth Stockinger, Alexander Sieber and Mira

fabrik Potsdam residencies
September, October, November 2008 with Raffaella Galdi, Josep Caballero, Alexander Sieber and Elke Pusl

The following is a brief statement by Alexander Sieber, sound composer, written in 2008 during the research periods.

“MODES of locomotion research uses the connection between words/voice as a sound and words as a tool for movement in choreographic work.

Since the choreographer uses text and voice as a starting point for movement sequences, I try to use words as rhythm. They are thus put into a visual connection with the movements of the dancers. I also use voice as a consistent linear sound on its own. Additional electronic sound compositions create dramaturgical tension within the continuous text interpretation and influence the dramaturgical arc of the choreography.
It is a challenge to find the right balance between voice as a sound and between the electronic
sounds in connection with the visual actions of the dancers on stage.

How much emphasis is on voice as a sound and thus on the understanding of the meaning of
every word? How does that effect the relationship between word and movement? “.

Raffaella Galdi was born in Genoa, Italy and lives in Berlin. Training in classical and contemporary dance, she attended the Ecole de Danse Rosella Hightower, in Cannes, France, and received her diploma from the modern dance academy Rotterdamdansacademie, in Rotterdam, Holland. She has been a member of the Berlin-based company Cie. Toula Limnaios, the Belgian Companie Thor, the Luxembourg company Unit Control and the Belgian company Galothar. As a freelancer she has worked with choreographers including Rui Horta, LaborGras, Christoph Winkler, Tomi Paasonen, Helge Müsial, Thom Stuart, Sanne van der Put. Since 2005, Raffaella has developed her own choreographic work. Her choreographic exploration often returns to the concept of the personality-identity occupying the space. She is particularly interested in research, which she considers an important tool to experiment and to observe the work itself. She uses improvisation to discover movement material and as a working method to create instant choreography. Raffaella is a choreographer in residence at the artblau - Tanzwerkstatt in Braunschweig.

Lisa Stockinger was born in Germany and lives in Berlin. In 2005 she graduated at Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. She worked as a freelance dancer with choreographers/companies like Felix Ruckert, Palindrome Dance Company, Double C, Pina Bausch and La Fura  Dels Baus. She has worked with Raffaella Galdi since July 2009.

Alexander Sieber was born in Germany and lives in Berlin. As a composer and sound-designer he provides music for theater, films and dance. Currently he is studying sound studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin (UDK Berlin). He has worked with Raffaella Galdi since January 2006.

Elke Pusl was born in Germany and lives in Nuremberg and Berlin. She studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in Los Angeles, United States. In 2003 she started to work as an actress with the September Company, in Los Angeles. Back in Germany, in 2006, she worked in various theater and film projects including: Die 9 Lügen der Lady Macbeth (Tacheles, Berlin), Trust-Wohltat (ZDF Kleines Fernsehspiel), Souvenir-un-Amour (Ocean Pictures), Gone Sour (Moonquake Productions), Kult-Urtheater Roth (Roth/Nuremberg, Jugend Kulturpreis). Elke also studied political economics and is an active teacher of Tango Argentino. She has worked with Raffaella Galdi since April 2007.

Mira Moschallski was born in Germany and lives in Berlin. She has studied contemporary dance at Epsedanse, Montpellier and at the School for the Arts in Amsterdam, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Dance. Since 2007 she is following a Master Study Program in Dance Studies at the Free University of Berlin. She has worked with Raffaella Galdi since April 2009