DANSCROSS 2009 » John Utans http://rescen.net/blog Dancing in a shaking world Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:31:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 End of week #2… http://rescen.net/blog/2009/07/end-of-week-2/309 http://rescen.net/blog/2009/07/end-of-week-2/309#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2009 11:34:05 +0000 John Utans http://rescen.net/blog/?p=309 CIMG2681 CIMG2684 CIMG2685 CIMG2692 CIMG2700 j eat b ]]> http://rescen.net/blog/2009/07/end-of-week-2/309/feed 1 Massage – part of the process… http://rescen.net/blog/2009/06/228/228 http://rescen.net/blog/2009/06/228/228#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2009 17:29:02 +0000 John Utans http://rescen.net/blog/?p=228

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Day #7 http://rescen.net/blog/2009/06/day-7/217 http://rescen.net/blog/2009/06/day-7/217#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2009 05:34:40 +0000 John Utans http://rescen.net/blog/?p=217 Where else on earth can one sit, have a delicious Chinese lunch, an iced-coffee complete with a mountain of whipped cream, write on the ResCen blog & have a cigarette ???

My last day of my first week – I return to Hong Kong this evening. It will be good to have a distance of [...]]]> Where else on earth can one sit, have a delicious Chinese lunch, an iced-coffee complete with a mountain of whipped cream, write on the ResCen blog & have a cigarette ???

My last day of my first week – I return to Hong Kong this evening. It will be good to have a distance of time & space & to return to the whipped cream mountain of material that the dancers & I have made at the end of the month. I can see changes & additions & cutting away already. I mentioned to the dancers that I will send directions via email & that the piece may change entirely from what it is today to the day I return, & then again…

We are going to have a showing this afternoon, sharing week one with the dancers & choreographer from the other group. We have made a lot of material, all open to possibilities, that ran for about half an hour at the last run !!!! Don’t panic as the phrases, duets etc will overlay each other, fall apart, go faster & slower… We have decided to do an “extended mix” this afternoon and see what happens… The performance work will be structured & decided upon… this afternoon’s impro play is part of the process and will also be part of the performance. In a way we are rehearsing the “uncertainties” of the work itself – which is also something that shouldn’t be rehearsed, planned, structured… Confused? (Sorry – I think I have started in the middle of the story.)

The dancers are working on a title for the work… I’m intrigued to see what they come up with. & I love the idea of finding a Chinese word & translating it into English.

I hope to add some images & video here when I get back home…

I would love to hear from people who have been in the studio with the dancers & I – & particularly if anyone sees the run this afternoon… words, images, impressions & thoughts of actions…

Again, I must say, the dancers are beautiful & I could watch them for hours…

jxxx

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Day #5 http://rescen.net/blog/2009/06/day-5/203 http://rescen.net/blog/2009/06/day-5/203#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2009 11:04:58 +0000 John Utans http://rescen.net/blog/?p=203 Ok… it may appear that I have been hiding… but I have been here in Beijing for almost 5 days now swimming in thoughts & actions… I am in my hotel room (gorgeous room that it is) I have a can of (luke warm) Tsing Tao beer & music playing & the sun is setting [...]]]> Ok… it may appear that I have been hiding… but I have been here in Beijing for almost 5 days now swimming in thoughts & actions… I am in my hotel room (gorgeous room that it is) I have a can of (luke warm) Tsing Tao beer & music playing & the sun is setting over the National Library on a Monday night.

The first & perhaps the most important thing I want to say is that how amazing & beautiful the dancers are… & I have worked with lots of amazing & beautiful dancers from all over the world. Here I find a generosity & openness that I have not experienced for quite some time. I am surprised at how the dancers have responded so quickly & articulately to the movement sequences & directions I have given them. Stylistically there is a move away from my “habitual”, “idiosyncratic” movement language – which is a linier / angular / yet a “round – flowing” one, to a very organic / grounded / smooth round flowing one …

I often ponder about the time as to when the choreographer hands over the work to the dancers… How does the choreographer maintain his/her signature / thumb print on a work? Is it necessary? Who does the work belong to? Do I want to see 6 John Utans’s dancing on stage? Or do I want to see Liu Xiao, Chen Chen, Ya Bin, Sheng Feng, Wei Feng & Yuan Jia?

I think I want to see Liu Xiao, Chen Chen, Ya Bin, Sheng Feng, Wei Feng & Yuan Jia… far more interesting & beautiful then looking at JU…

I might order some ice & open another beer…
john

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