koreografska fantazija br. 4: pas de deux

koreografska fantazija br. 4: pas de deux, premiered on July 9, 2019. It’s the fourth work in the award-winning series (Croatian Theatre Award for the Outstanding Choreographic Achievement and Annual Award of the Croatian Dance Artists Association for the choreographic achievement of the year) that considers choreography as a structural practice.

Performed by two and five dancers, the work explores a duet and its various contingencies. In the complex architectural environment of Zagreb’s downtown, choreography integrates concrete material implications of the site’s structure with a specific piece of music composed by Alvin Lucier. The work unfolds as a meeting point of various material and temporal elements but also of sound, air, and environmental textures that continuously intersect with each other.

Music on a Long Thin Wire is a piece by Alvin Lucier composed in 1977 and was conducted as an experiment while he was teaching acoustics. To create sound, Lucier spread a short metal wire across the lab table and recorded its outputs. Fascinated by the result, Lucier continued to think about different possibilities of this experiment, creating at the end a portable instrument adjustable to different spaces. The idea of materiality that creates sound resonated deeply with the central interest of this choreographic exploration. Variety and richness of analog oscillations invited reflections about contingencies of the imminent material structure supported by the open-air site-specific location in Zagreb, surrounded by a vast architectural landscape spanning over different historic, urban, and social environments of the city.

Author, Choreography, Concept: Marjana Krajač / Danced by: Sara Piljek & Marin Lemić, and Marina Brajdić, Maja Jakuš-Mejarec, Iva Katarinčić, Nika Sarajlija, and Dora Sarikaya / Music: Alvin Lucier, Music on a Long Thin Wire / Photography: Tjaša Kalkan / Documentation: Tjaša Kalkan, Matija Kralj / Graphic Design: Valentina Toth / Technical Assistance: Leonardo Krakić / Technical Director: Duško Richtermoc / Communication: Anita Klapan / Production: Sodaberg Koreografski Laboratorij / Realized with the support of Ministry of Culture of Republic Croatia and the City Office for Culture Zagreb. Location: Top floor of the BCI Building Zagreb. Curated and programmed by Zagreb Dance Center. / program notes pdf