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NERVES LIKE NYLON
Dance performance, 2009

CREDITS
Direction, Choreography: Maria Ramos
Performers: Benedetta Maxia, Lígia Teixeira, Sofia Dias
Original music: Hugo Verweij (refrain: Bauhaus ‘Nerves’)
Light design in collaboration with: Vinny Jones
Co-production: DeVIR/CAPa
Residencies: EIRA, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, CAPa/DeVIR
Supports: Instituto Camões, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Construção Integrada lda., ArtEZ Institute of the Arts

 

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Premiere | Dance Unlimited, ArtEZ – Institute des Arts, The Netherlands 2009

 

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Exploring the relationship between dance and sculpture, 'Nerves Like Nylon' (NLN) is based on the principle that a choreographic construction can trigger movement when it contains a certain degree of stillness.
Based on the sculptural paradoxes mentioned by Antony Gormley
‘stillness can express its opposite’
‘movement is best encouraged by a static object’,
my intention is to establish a choreographic paradox: NLN's stage scenery and choreographic construction, rather then evoking movement suggest, instead, its impossibility.
Emphasized by the light design, NLN sets off from a formal construction: choreographic motion is centred on the thorax and abdomen of three female dancers; the choreographic space is limited to a restricted area of action.
Partly inspired in Samuel Beckett’s text ‘Not I’, NLN is methodical, almost threatening “…imagine….imagine ...what position she was in...”

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