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Live Performance: "Soundtracking the Stage" by Özlem Alkis

Hosted by the Consul of the Cologne Culture, Arts & Theatre Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Fri 23 Oct 20:00 - 21:00

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Five bodies work the dance carpet with skin, shoe soles, clothing surfaces. The force of the swelling sound that the movements produce and drives fills the room like another massive body. Concrete places and scenes form like sonic hallucinations: idyllic landscapes, heavy hydraulic equipment, collective spent rituals from nightlife and leisure activities.

In her pieces, Özlem Alkis uses interactions between movement and sound as an engine for choreography. The research for Soundtracking the Stage began in the summer of Protected content an interest in the stage as a resonance space: How does sound affect the movement that produces it simultaneously? And what acoustic worlds are created when the walls or the dance floor are treated like instruments?

Following a research with the noise maker Dieter Hebben, a dance-like way of working developed, in which bodies, materials and objects enter into a game with mutual feedback. As with the subsequent construction of artificial 'real' sounds in the film, there is no compelling connection between the set image, the choice of the noise-generating objects and the movement that arises from the way in their use.