Sofia Dance Week: High tech and animal brio
The festival features a performance for children for the first time ever
Irina Gigova, Novinar Daily
14 September, 2012
The fifth edition of the Sofia Dance Week festival, running 29 September - 6 October at the National Palace of Culture, brings together masters of contemporary dance. Avant-garde Japanese multidisciplinary choreographer and performer Hiroaki Umeda, who works in the field of visual arts and digital choreography, is among the highlights of the event. His two performances - Haptic and Adapting for Distortion - mix elements of contemporary dance, hip-hop stylistics, techno music, electro beats, lighting design, as he creates an extremely impressive audio-visual environment, as a result of extravagant use of high technologies.Famous German choreographer Stephanie Thiersch and her company Mouvoir arrive with the show As If (we would be), staged in collaboration with the media artist Angela Melitopoulos. The show is an innovative stage work in which hypermedia launches multiple channels of communication; a series of scenes follows, which might signify some insecurity, half-heartedness, lack of personal will, which imperceptibly turn the participants into bystanders.Austrian choreographer Chris Haring treats similar topics; along with his Liquid Loft company he makes a consummate satire on the consequences of the current inflation of communication in their Talking Head, a performance about two dancers who happen to be random test subjects in a twitter/facebook machine. The performers are constructing text sculptures as a form of dance and an ever-new image of themselves via webcam, inspired by science fiction and cyborg theories.Glitch-Bound is the latest performance of Thomas Noone Dance (Spain). The dance company explores the limits of the technical abilities of the body.This performance has two contrasting pieces: Glitch experiments with the creation of sequences and patterns that generate expectation and then disrupts them, while Bound deals with the freedom to interpret. Reviewers call what TND do 'vital, animal dance', which captivates spectators with its intensity. Hungarian Negative Variete silhouette theatre with their fantastic piece for children, Jugglers Illuminated, invites the kids to take part in a city adventure, running their own show.
The performance of the Hungarian silhouette theatre invites kids to a city adventure.
TND dancers are expressive and willowy in their animal dance.