Departing Landscapes by Keren Levi
29 November 2018, 21.00; 30 November 2018, 20.00
Concept & Performance
Noa Giniger, Spells (Departing Landscapes), 2018.
Veem House for Performance
Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster and Keren Levi | NeverLike
From the 28th to the 30th of November, the program “Polyphonic Songs” is presented by Veem House for Performance and curated in collaboration with BAU Dance & Performance Amsterdam, Keren Levi l NeverLike and Nicole Beutler Projects.
“The attack of a sound is not its character... Decay, however, this departing landscape, this expresses where the sound exists in our hearing — leaving us rather than coming towards us. “ (Morton Feldman)
Feldman’s Triadic Memories (1981), a solo piano piece, invokes that “other place that’s not a metaphor for something else.” The composer described it as “probably the largest butterfly in captivity, concerned with the shape of a leaf and not the tree”.
In this self-contained space of memory and detail, Keren Levi continues her one-sided conversation with Feldman’s music in a solo performance – her first since The Bottom Line in 2003.
Following on from her performance-essay Footnotes for Crippled Symmetry – an interweaving of movement, sound, text, video and sculpture in response to Feldman’s Crippled Symmetry (1983) – Levi narrows down her choreographic scope to the movement of her own body, limited in space and fields of mobility. Into this personal inquiry, Levi has invited long-term collaborators and friends, dramaturg Igor Dobričić, composer Tom Parkinson and audiovisual artist Assi Weitz to join her quiet mediation on decay, time, sound and memory.
Upon Levi’s request, artist Noa Giniger created a watercolor drawing out of the title of piece. This artwork is in line with Giniger’s ongoing project SPELLS, a text writing system which she developed based on the structure of stencil lettering.
Keren Levi (Israel/1972) works from dance and choreography in a hybrid field in which dance, theory, performance, image, video, light, sound and music have a shared role. Her approach is both analytical, playful and intuitive, where she is attracted to the adventure, the untrodden path. She seeks interdisciplinary cooperation to be challenged by artistic friction to transcend her own thinking and conventions. The exchange creates a dilatation of the creative process, makes it complex and challenging, and promotes the emergence of unexpected connections, new routes of imagination and meaning.