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Young Choreographers

Fotogallerie für Young Choreographers 12/13 - Insgesamt 5 Fotos.

for the first time in »Gläserne Manufaktur« Dresden

Synopsis

Zarina Stahnke - »Zeitgeist«

»Zeitgeist« is Zarina’s choreographic debut in our »Young Choreographers« program. Originally from the US, she studied Visual Arts in New York City while attending the School of American Ballet. Her passion for Art extends to all facets of expression. The inspiration for this piece comes from creative sensibility of German Expressionism. She dedicates her piece to artists of the German arts movement »Die Brücke« as well as choreographers and dancers Gret Palucca and Mary Wigman. Her intention is to show that dance, music, painting, and the performance experience can be combined into one way of experiencing art, both as the audience and the performer. Furthermore, she wants to bring to mind how the dance and the painting can conversely be the inspiration and the inspired; culminating in something entirely new. If the audience realizes this experience, her work has been successful, she says. By the way: all of the costumes have been designed and produced by Zarina herself, as she couldn’t find anything that exactly suited her imagination in the general equipment of the theatre. And the music? Zarina decided on cellist Zoë Keating after visiting a concert of the musician in Dresden and immediately knew: that is it!

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Johannes Schmidt - »Ich das Neue, Du das Dunkel« (Me the new, you the dark)

Johannes Schmidt, a graduate of Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden already gained experience as a »Young Choreographer« last season. Back then, he created a group piece, this year, he wanted to get into choreographing a solo. He discussed his ideas with former Palucca classmate Cindy Hammer. He says, it was a lot easier to create this piece, because he knew his dancer so well. The two tried many things out and developed the piece step by step. One important step was the selection of the music: they decided on two melancholic songs by German hip hopper »Marsimoto«, a quite modern approach! In his choreography Johannes wants to show how personality may be altered by external influences. One may notice these changes and how in between two phases of life, one orientates him- or herself anew. Johannes wants to demonstrate this process by his passion: dance!. He additionally draw inspiration from the novel location for the »Young Choreographers« the »Gläserne Manufaktur« of Volkswagen this year with its unique architecture.

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Caroline Beach - »The Holding Light«

American-born Caroline Beach has been trained at the School of American Ballet before joining the Semperoper Ballett and Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresdens apprentice program. Upon completion of her year as an apprentice she was hired into the Corps de Ballet of the main company. Caroline is no stranger to the interested audience of our »Young Choreographers« program. In her second choreography she focusses on relations and the shapes they take in their time frame. She creates two couples, not explicitly conscious of the other, but connected to each other by objects, such as a necklace or a hat. Caroline deliberately chose four dancers she knew, had parallels in their own lives that she wished to convey in the piece. She used an old choreographers trick when in the beginning of her creation process: she assigned tasks to the dancers who had to find danced solutions. She recorded the movements that evolved from these sessions and included them in her piece. Like all the other choreographers, Caroline had to see into costumes and lighting design herself. While her costumes will stay secret until the premiere, she found an interesting answer to the question of the lighting design. The dancers will be using a spotlight to light and bring each other/(s) actions into the focus of the audience.

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Yuki Ogasawara - »Self-Acceptance«

To create a new piece is an entirely new experience for Yuki. She trained in Tokyo and at the Kirov Academy in the United States before she joined the Corps de Ballet of the Semperoper Ballett in 2009. With her first creation she aims to give an insight into the human soul. When she started with her piece, Yuki’s first and foremost thought was, how everyone was carrying something inside, something one does not want to show to others. Most of the times this is a part of one’s own personality, a part one feels ashamed of, a part that is consequently hidden deep inside. She questioned herself, whether it is possible then to be accepted by a partner without pretending to be someone else. These main ideas inspired her to the choreography of »Self-Acceptance«, an approach to an explanation of human psychology and what is really happening »inside«. She drew further inspiration from her three dancers and music, creating a discussion of inner self and outer self which culminates in one conclusion: the first step to understanding and accepting oneself, is getting to know all own strengths and weaknesses - an objective of a life time.

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Duosi Zhu and Raquél Martínez - »Unreachable«

Our only choreographers duo, Duosi Zhu and Raquél Martínez, drew its initial inspiration for »Unreachable« from Gustav Mahlers 5th Symphony, which has been used as a Leitmotif in Luchino Viscontis »Death in Venice«. Similar to the movie, the lead role of the piece is searching for something that is out of his reach. Duosi and Raquel decided on Semperoper Balletts Julia Weiss and Jón Vallejo in the main roles, as they felt the two of them especially embodied the vitality and freshness of the characters of the choreography. While the Gläserne Manufaktur, this years venue of the program, is architecturally clearly devoted to Modernism, the two young choreographers take their audience on a trip back to the beginning of the 20th century. Both see an advantage in their third collaboration together: while compromise is as vital as openness to different ideas, completion and support gained by the other is of much higher value. Franz Kafkas words, condense the choreography: »This life seems unendurable, another unreachable.«


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Claudio Cangialosi - »WITH(IN)« and »Real D«

Claudio Cangialosi is no newcomer to the world of the »Young Choreographers« - since the beginning of the program in 2011, he annually created a choreography. This time he will be presented twice in our evening, the first piece being »WITH(IN)«, a piece he especially draw inspiration for from the music. »It was like the music talked to me,« Claudio acknowledges: »and created pictures in my head.« The music, taken from an Italian movie, inspired him to the creation of a Pas de deux for two of our Corps des Ballets dancers, Gina Scott and Saverio Pescucci. Claudio felt drawn back to the days of his first love: the thoughts of this project and ideas of how to implement these just could not be stopped. One reason for this being that feelings play a leading role in the piece. Claudio let himself willfully be led by his feelings and only slowly started to find structures in the choreography. Special significance was given to the transmission of his own spark and passion to his two dancers, to letting them feel what he felt.

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Junge Choreografen: Holding the light (Caroline Beach)|Jossia Clement,  Casey Ouzounis|© Ian Whalen

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Young Choreographers 12/13
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