A knowledgeable person stated that the work Packaging/Wrapping by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, artists known for their large-scale, site-specific environmental installations, was a sort of premonition for the fact that in the center of our existence there is nothing but emptiness.
I am not sure about that. Actually, maybe, in the middle of it all, there is sound, a buzz, a whoosh, a blopp, a crack.
backs boxes towels began as a search for sensation. Kefirova’s performance departs from this desire to build space through physicality and to make sound visible. The work follows her curiosity towards the concept and embodiment of friction and develops through techniques for exteriority involving national anthems, straws, boxes, towels, respect for the ‘backspace’, wallpaper, as well as minimal and maximal dancing.
Skins rub screens. Boxes fill with sounds. Bodies become towels.
Choreography, performance, video and drawings: Maria Kefirova | Lighting Design: Paul Chambers | Sound Design: Guillaume Létourneau, Maria Kefirova | Set Design: Johan Deschymer, Maria Kefirova | Costumes: Jade Tong-Coung | Dramaturgical support and outside eye: Diego Gil, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines | Outside eye: Noémie Solomon | Visual design consultant: Johan Deschuymer. A co-production of DNK- space for contemporary dance and performance and MAI, with the support of MAI’s residency.
Session 26 at Dazibao was an opportunity to share and reflect on some of the video annexes of my performance making.
“I can’t really separate the video making from the dance making. They are two different articulations of the same ongoing process of modulating distance and proximity, fracturing time and space, opening gaps for different access to reality, for shifts of perception.
Of course, as a dancer, I am uneasy with the O Mighty power of the smooth visual image. The fact that I have such a pleasure working with video is a paradox. Maybe I do it because it helps me to disrupt the usual input-output relations of sound, movement, and image, of matter and fact, of absence and presence, of touch and illusion of touch, and because it gives me a sense of absorption.”
Concept and performance: Maria Kefirova and Hanako-Hoshimi Caines //Light design: Paul Chambers
The Paradise is a dance duet that works between the two dimensional ready-made notion of Paradise as pink flamingos, beach side motels, rainbow colored harmony and the task of accessing extraordinary states, which are often far from comfortable and perfect looking. Through a series of unassuming and simple assignments, we are setting up conditions for the emergence of complexity and the production of multiplicity. Today paradise is a movement of synchronicity, a way of looking at and relating to. It is everything that I look upon with care and I spend time with. Paradise is also a movement that does not skip any part of its trajectory: a very alive and effortless state of simultaneously holding on and letting go. Paradise is not getting fixed in meaning, sensation, idea or image but constantly moving through their different nuances. The Paradise does not solicit audience participation but is a system of offering and receiving and the questions that arise from this.
The Nutcracker is a 60 min solo dance-theater performance for a dancer, voice recorder, 4 audio speakers and 25 kg of walnuts
The walnuts are used as a material that has a clear definition between inside and outside. The sound is used as a material with no inside or outside. The body is a surface between the inside and the outside. During the piece a human figure, sound and walnuts will perform a series of dislocations and relocations, folding into each other in a process where sound becomes a body and a performer of its own.
Contemplating the question: “why dogs are successful on stage”?, I was brought to think about our fundamental loneliness, about the fundaments of theater performance and about the impossibility to share our gazes.
Hold a needle and a thread, ask strangers to pass the thread through the needle.
This action is to be performed in places of transition: trains, bridges, boats, waiting rooms, crossroads, airports, foreign countries etc.