Dance On Ensemble, Kat Valastur, Martin Nachbar, Rabih Mroué, Jan Martens
In the frame of Open Spaces#1-2017
The recently grounded DANCE ON ENSEMBLE would like to share the threads of creative process, collaboration and performance in a structured improvisational evening that use the 4 fully rendered first works and the 2 works that are currently being created, as points of content and departure. The presentation hopes to encapsulate the ideas that went into the creation of the body of work DANCE ON has been invested in creating so far. “Cameo” appearances from some of the collaborators: Martin Nachbar, Kat Válastur, Jan Martens and Rabih Mroué will help to demonstrate their individual artistic intent in the collaborations as well as perhaps strike new impulses in the work. An element that allows the audience to influence the environment at a certain point in the evening will be an added component to inform and transform.
DANCE ON ENSEMBLE: Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman, Jone San Martin | Guests: Jan Martens, Rabih Mroué, Martin Nachbar und Kat Válastur | Sound: Mattef Kuhlmey | DANCE ON is an initiative by DIEHL+RITTER gUG funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media | Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON. Works being used as content: “7 Dialogues“ - Matteo Fargion, “Water Between Three Hands“ - Rabih Mroué, “Those specks of dust“- Kat Válastur, “Catalogue (First Edition)“ - William Forsythe, “Tenacity of Space“ - Deborah Hay, “Man Made“ - Jan Martens, “Lokal Project“ - Martin Nachbar.
Kat Válastur, is a Berlin-based choreographer and performer. Fragmentation, time lapse, entropy and virtuality are some of the notions that emerge from her dance works, through the creation of a specific fictional force field in which the bodies of the performers are exposed to. As part of her creative process she utilizes personal diagrams, scores drawings and texts that she creates for each work. In 2013-2014, she was an invited artist (grantee) at the Institut für Raumexperimente, an educational research project by Ólafur Elíasson in collaboration with the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). In the context of the program, she started her research on the new series of choreographies “The marginal sculptures of Newtopia”. The series includes the works “GLAND“ (2014), “Ah! Oh! A contemporary Ritual“ (2014) and was completed in 2016 with the dance piece “OILinity“, a poetic reflection upon the problem on dependence of western societies on crude oil and its consequences on human and nature. The series were co-produced and presented at HAU Hebbel am Ufer. She studied dance at the Hellenic school of dance, at the Trisha Brown studios on a Fulbright scholarship and received a Master degree from the (SODA) Master Program at the Inter-University for Dance in Berlin. Her work is presented internationally.