LANDSCAPE#4 is an interdisciplinary dance performance by AwesomeTown Group which has been selected for an international premiere as of 1 of 8 shows during the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in Prague, Czech Republic.
We are the only group who was chosen from North America!
A collaborative realization, Landscape #4 draws its source from a text score written by CalArts experimental composer and Alumni, James Klopfleisch.
Set against a mutable background of projection which expands and contracts the space- The only coherent text is the following words: “That which is transparent/But once was solid.” The way these words take on meaning is entirely dependent on the movement of a single figure who is locked in a landscape that is obscured from the audience by screens of blinds on two sides. Some viewers sit on one side and some on the opposite side of the “landscape.” Both groups have equally obscured views. Only when the light allows the action to be seen through the screen does the environment become visible, but one side of the audience sees different images from the other. You see color. I only see shadow. I hear sound. You hear music.* And when the blinds part, the audience confronts itself, the performer sinking into darkness. The simple objects , chair and table, within the space suddenly sing a litany of everyday sounds and amplify, sometimes from the mundane to the monstrous, the actions of the startled protagonist.
The project involves composers, designers, painters, animators and dancers, expanding a minimalist set of instructions for sound to include elements from widely varied traditions. The core focuses on the elemental aspect of silence, and our tenuous connection to it; how its weight shapes listening, site, movement, design, and how it in turn is shaped by context.
The group of collaborators applies this thinking to each tradition, producing a common weight and coloring in each interpretation. This weight is carried like a line throughout the piece, drawing out the moment when we listen both inside and out, and the internal/external overlap in a blurred, extended epiphany.
The process of collaboration is a specific element that speaks to the uniqueness of the piece. It is a group project that takes as its unifying document a text score of the American Experimental Tradition; something clean, intentionally meant for sound, but so open that it can be realized by other mediums, not as a means of accompaniment but as a equal parts of a whole.
Why We Need You:
Honestly you, wise and supportive network, are our only hope!
As graduate students and recent graduates, our monetary resources are severely restrained. However we have been working tirelessly to put this project together and now that we have been given the honor of an international premiere, we need your help to make it happen.
Just think, you`re not just funding one project, you`re helping nurture a diverse, hardworking and talented group of artists for projects to come!
And, If none of that is appealing, our incentives are actually pretty nice.
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Musical Composition and Score: James Klopfleisch
Direction and Sceneography: Anahita Dehbonehie
Choreography and Performance- Anne Moore
Video Design- Emilie Sabath, Damien Nemire-Pepe
Lighting Design- Zoe Gopnik-McManus
Sound Design- Stephanie Smith
Live Video- Maya Erdelyi-Perez
Contributing videography- Emilie Sabath, Nick Flessa, Damien Nemire-Pepe, Maya Erdelyi-Perez
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