The prize for the most fun show so far at Impulstanz 2005 has to go to Melissa is a bith from Ann Liv Young.
At one point, Chi Long crosses the stage on mini-crutches on her arms, somehow managing to move and dance with her legs almost horizontal behind her…. The music for all this is either Bach’s Goldberg Variations or some sort of atmospheric drone with what sounds like sampled and heavily distorted Glenn Gould intoning “I would never argue in favor of an inflexible musical policy”.
I had heard the name before but had never seen either photos or archival film of her dancing. The evening began with a half hour film from ORF created by commission Karin Veitl.
Akademietheater performance July 2005 in Impulstanz of Desh by Rosas. Anna Terese De Keersmaeker, Marion Ballester and Salva Sanchis.
incubator is not performed at one of the traditional central theatres of Vienna, but out at the old Arsenal in a space that looks more like an aircraft hanger than a theatre…. The walls are a dirty white with an industrial feel to them, all metal beams and ribbing.
On the stage is an old man deep in a chair almost asleep…. On the back black wall of the stage, hangs an enormous golden picture frame.
After a week of rain and flooding, the sun broke out on Thursday at last to coincide with the opening of the Impulstanz festival. The Opéra de Paris were the opening guest company and brought an extremely diverse programme to the Burgtheater.
I had seen some of these pieces in Paris when I was there and even reviewed them. But to see them in the Burgtheater was very different. While the Burgtheater is a substantial traditional theater, it is about half the size of the Palais Garnier, the principal residence of the Opéra de Paris. For some of the pieces, they worked much better in the closer quarters. For other pieces the smaller venue didn’t work as well.