If you could talk to dancers during a performance, what would you say to them? How can the knowledge and experience of this special community of people be shared with an audience and simultaneously develop into something new?
In Fabrice Mazliah’s “In Act and Thought”, dancers connect their mov ments on stage with language – they specify, contrast, develop details into complex actions or formulate new ideas through movements and words.
The Forsythe Company took their leave last year with this piece. As open- ing piece of this year’s Architecture Biennale, Fabrice Mazliah has created a new version of the piece for six former company dancers, which met with enthusiastic responses in Venice and will be shown for the first time in Frankfurt at the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main.
Mazliah was a dancer for the Nederlands Dans Theater, before joining William Forsythe’s company. He began creating projects of his own in 1998, e.g. as a member of the choreographer collective MAMAZA. His work is presented on a regular basis at Mousonturm and at festivals and theatre venues across Europe.
In English * Concept, Choreography: Fabrice Mazliah in collaboration with the dancers Katja Cheraneva, Frances Chiaverini, Josh Johnson, David Kern, Yasutake Shimaji, Ildikó Tóth * Performed by: Katja Cheraneva, Frances Chiaverini, Josh Johnson, David Kern, Natalia Rodina, Ildikó Tóth * Artistic Assistance: Liz Waterhouse, Cyril Baldy * Sound: Johannes Helberger kling klang klong * Lighting Design: Harry Schulz * Set Design: Fabrice Mazliah * Set Building: Max Schubert, Harry Schulz * Costumes: Dorothee Merg * Production manager: Johanna Milz * Comissioned by the Forsythe Company * Venice version produced by Goethe Institut München * All pieces of the Rhein-Main dance festival are taking place within the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. The Tanzplattform Rhein-Main is a project of Hessian Staatsballett and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, made possible by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and is sponsored by the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Foundation Alliance [Aventis Foundation, BHF-BANK Foundation, Crespo Foundation, Dr. Marschner Foundation, Polytechnic Society Foundation].