Location: On tour (Belgium & Netherlands)
Client: d e t h e a t e r m a k e r
Scale: 4 m²
Photography: Wannes Cré
Choreographer Talitha De Decker (1991) is fascinated by simplicity in movement, but complex figures hide in her seemingly simple dance movements. Together with a composer, an architect and two dancers, Talitha interprets the sporting challenge of the Filipino folk dance Tinikling, in which the performers maneuver skillfully between moving bamboo sticks.
The result is a “danceable” floor filled with a grid of LED strips where every pixel can each be controlled separately. These strips project geometric lines or shapes and thus translate the rhythmic movements of the bamboo pieces with which the dancers interact as a kind of contemporary “Dance Revolation” arcade game. But the scenography goes one step further by making it possible to place the floor panels upright as walls. This creates a visual universe in which the two dancers try to keep up with the tempo of the projected patterns. This makes the scenography more than a background, it forms, as it were, a third dancer.
A lot of cultural performance, especially the scenography, are attached to the black box in which they are performed. To break free from this and to make it possible to perform the dance performance anywhere, this scenography has been designed as a separate entity. The scenography was not designed afterwards in the service of the dance performance, but simultaneously, so that it had to take this into account and even adjust to it. It forms the physical demarcation within which one can work and also provides the necessary lighting. The design consists of three identical panels that are easy to move and mount. A large piano hinge provides the possibility to connect and hinge the panels together. Due to this flexibility and openness it can also be used in other ways. For example, it was already used as visuals for performances, as a stand-alone lighting installation and as an interactive showcase for electronics giant Huawei.
Culture must break free from their protective institutions without fear of losing their quality. Architecture, also on the scale of a scenography, can help facilitate this. INTER / ACT is a good example of this.