- hertz by sidney leoni
- hertz by sidney leoni
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HertZ, the new creation by Sidney Leoni, is set in a highly porous environment saturated by light and sound phenomena. This region is permeated by a parallel world in which unexpected practical strategies for both sonic and visual orientation become necessary to navigation. In near darkness, the theater space amplifies the emerging micro-ecosystems heightening the relations between sound, light and humans; all barely visible, yet haptically and audibly perceptible. Created together with the artists Frédéric Alstadt, Kjetil Brandsdal, Jan Fedinger, Martin Lervik, Stina Nyberg, Morten J. Olsen, Jonathan Saldanha and Sandy Williams, HertZ is a hybrid choreography of sound and light in which any physical manifestations are temporary and unforeseeable; all invariably converging with the environment's immersive forces.
- Concept and choreography Sidney Leoni
- Performance Kjetil Brandsdal, Martin Lervik, Sidney Leoni, Stina Nyberg, Morten J. Olsen, Jonathan Uliel Barbosa Saldanha, Sandy Williams
- Music Kjetil Brandsdal, Morten J. Olsen, Jonathan Uliel, Barbosa Saldanha, Frédéric Alstadt
- Lighting design Jan Fedinger
- Sound craft Frédéric Alstadt
- Costume design Jennifer Defays
- Dramaturgical assistance Manon Santkin
- Discussion partners Mette Ingvartsen, Franziska Aigner, Christine de Smedt, Andros Zins-Browne
- Production management Mokum (Brussels)
- Support in production Interim Kultur (Stockholm)
Co-production Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Life Long Burning/Workspacebrussels - with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
- In collaboration with Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent), Kunstencentrum STUK (Leuven), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Dansens Hus (Stockholm)
- With the support of the Flemish Community, Swedish Arts Council, Konstnärsnämnden - the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Institut Français, Ministère des Affaires étrangères, Nordic Culture Point
SIDNEY LEONI, choreographer & performer (°France, lives in Brussels, Stockholm)
With his two previous choreographic works: Undertone (2010) and War of Fictions (2011), Sidney Leoni draws his attention on notions of sensation, affect and participatory relation with an audience and questions the relationships between: fiction and reality, the animate and the inanimate, the material and the immaterial, the agency of things and the agency of bodies. In Undertone different kinds of stimuli are orchestrated such as: surroundsoundscapes, smells, temperature fluctuations and analogue encounters between performers and audience, in order to immerse all bodies inside a same fictional environment. With War of Fictions, created together with choreographer/ performer Luís Miguel Félix, his interest is turned into defining strategies to engage moving bodies as main agent to produce fiction.
As performer, Sidney is taking part in the work of Mette Ingvartsen: Giant City (2009) and The Artificial Nature Project (2012) and Andros Zins-Browne: The Host (2010) and Welcome to the Jungle (2012) as artistic assistant.
Since 2008, Sidney is a member of the Stockholm based autonomous organization: mychoreography, lead by Mårten Spångberg. In 2008/09, Sidney took part of the Master program Research In Choreography at the University College of Dance in Stockholm and in 2002/06 as part of the BA and Master program Research in Dance at the University Sophia-Antipolis in Nice. Before that, Sidney was trained as a ballet dancer at the Opéra de Toulon in France.
Websites: Undertone: http://undertone2012.wordpress.com ; War of Fictions: http://waroffictions.wordpress.com ; www.mokum.be
SANDY WILLIAMS, performer (°Canada, lives in Brussels)
studied between 2002 – 2004 at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S). Since 2007, he is a company member of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s company Rosas and co-created Zeitung, The Song, En Attendant, Cesena. In 2008, he created the solo I’ll Crane for You as part of the Solo Commissioning Project with Deborah Hay. In 2006 and 2005, he collaborated with Jan Ritsema on the text based performance KnowH2ow performed with Bojana Cvejic and Mette Ingvartsen and on BlindSPOT a duet created also in collaboration with Jan Ritsema. In 2007, he created in collaboration with Andros Zins-Browne the audience interactive performance Kansas City Shuffle that focuses on festival environments with the aim of enmeshing individuals in secret narratives of intrigue and corruption. The project has been presented in Tanz Im August 2007, Vooruit Gent, STUK Leuven, Charleroi Danses Brussels and Es-Terni Italy.
STINA NYBERG, performer (Stockholm) is a dancer and choreographer.
During 2012 she has worked as a performer with Andros Zins-Browne in the performance &&&& and with Mårten Spångberg in Epic. In the recent years she has been interested in choreographic methods and the notion of practice, and is co-curating symposium on practices in September 2012. She is currently making a piece for the Swedish Ballet School to be performed at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Stina received the danceWEB scholarship in 2009 and in the same year developed the solo At Once by Deborah Hay, performed at Tanztage Berlin and Dansens Hus in Stockholm. In January this year she graduated from the MA in choreography at DOCH in Stockholm. During these studies she has to a large extent worked collectively with her fellow students and has through working with international choreographers, artists and theorists expanded her choreographic practice to include practices of writing, reading, arranging festivals and events.
MARTIN LERVIK, performer (Oslo)
graduated in 2008 at the National Academy of the Arts (KhiO) in Modern and contemporary dance. He has co-created and/or performed in several projects by Hooman Sharifi/ Impure Company, such as Lingering of an Earlier Event, Once upon a Country #1 and #2, God exists, the Mother is present, But They no longer care (2010), NO project, To be, mean to resist, resist What You are not and Once upon a Country #3 (2011). He was also involved as a collaborator and dancer in previous projects by Sidney Leoni: Undertone (2011) and The Giant (2008).
JONATHAN ULIEL BARBOSA SALDANHA, musician is a researcher and composer.
His work is centered in animism, negative territories, subsonic frequencies, the relations of sound with its ghosts, and intra cranial dub. He is a founding member of the art and music platform SOOPA, a visual and sound laboratory as well as cultural producer based in Porto, curating sound and music cycles since 1999. He develops theatre sound projects under the name Beast Box having conceived the performance “Nyarlathotep” based on Lovecraft and “Jungle Machine” based on JG.Ballard. In 2012 he co-curated the program SONORES - sound/space/signal for Guimarães European Capital of Culture. Under his own name or with other formations Uliel shares projects and has performed with: Raz Mesinai (Badawi), Steve Mackay (The Stooges), Mike Watt (The Stooges), Adrian Sherwood (On-U-Sound), Rafael Toral, DJ Scotch Egg and countless others. In April 2013 he releases a film/soundtrack with Raz Mesinai for John Zorn’s Tzadik label.
FRÉDÉRIC ALSTADT, sound craft (°France, lives in Brussels)
explores the physicality of sound, from the moment the body (of things and beings) becomes deep vibrations, and triggers the organic palpable boundaries between the auditory and sensitive to the loss of reference. He co-founded in 1999 the label Ångström records. After having spent the past 5 years focusing on mastering in his studio “Ångström- mastering” for musicians & sound artists like: Steve Mackay (The stooges), John Tilbury, Kim Cascone, Joachim Montessuis, François de Roubaix, Peter Broderick ..., he is now involved into personal creative projects, mixing sound art and photography and/or with artistic collaborations with Kajsa Sandstrom, Sidney Leoni / dance performance, Yannick Franck / music, Anne Fontennelle / Grafic design. Frédéric is currently back in the studio with Yannick Franck to develop their duo: ‘Mnestrels of Eris’.
KJETIL BRANDSDAL, musician (°England, lives in Stavanger, Norway)
has been active a musician since 1994, and is currently a member of the bands Noxagt and Clifford Torus. He run the record labels KDB (1994-1999), Nor Wave (2000-2003) and Drid Machine Records (2011-). He is also a screen printer since 2006, professionally since 2010. He has made poster prints for Michael Gira, Motorpsycho, Thomas Dybdahl, Orange Goblin. He designed record covers for Moha!, Helldorado, Moe, The Sweetest Thrill and many more.
MORTEN J. OLSEN, musician (° Norway, lives in Berlin)
is a musician, sometimes composing – once in a blue moon involved in other arts. He is one of the founding members of the international “N collective” (2002 – 2008), a member of many bands creating music through structured improvisation, (liquid) composition or more conceptual operations, still best known for his work as a drummer with the Norwegian heavy-metal musique concrete duo MoHa! and the experimental chamber- rock band Ultralyd. He works with a sound palette that encompasses the history of orchestral percussion, electronics and (noise) rock, recently he has been exploring the inner sonics of a rotating bass drum (32 inches), and he has also been creating sound installations. He appears on more than 40 releases including those of: MoHa!, Ultralyd, The Pitch, The New Silence, Bass Love, Subroutine, Splitter Orchester, Hunting Maelstrom, Thomas Dybdahl and Nina Nielsen.
METTE INGVARTSEN, dramaturgical assistance (Copenhagen) is a Danish choreographer and dancer
From 1999 she studied in Amsterdam and Brussels where she in summer 2004 graduated from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S. Since 2002 she has created several performances: Manual Focus (2003), 50/50 (2004), to come (2005) and Why We Love Action (2006), It’s in The Air (2008), GIANT CITY, Evaporated Landscapes (2009) and All the way out there… (2011). In 2010-2011 she created the site-specific events The Extra Sensorial Garden and The Light Forest. Besides her performance work she is engaged in research and her practice involves writing, making, performing and documenting work. Since 2005 she has been working on everybodys, an open ongoing collaborative project based on open source strategies.
Mette Ingvartsen is currently doing a PhD in choreography at the University for Dance and Circus in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2008 she participated in 6Months1Location initiated by Xavier Le Roy and Bojana Cvejic, confronting questions around education, structures of production and artistic exchange. She has worked as a performer in projects of Jan Ritsema/Bojana Cvejic, Xavier Le Roy and Boris Charmatz.
MANON SANTKIN, dramaturgical assistance (°Brussels)
studied at P.A.R.T.S. from 2000 till 2004. As a dancer and performer, Manon is collaborating with Mette Ingvartsen since 2003 (Manual focus, Poker Face, Out of Order, To Come, Why we love action, Where is my privacy, Giant City) and with Salva Sanchis since 2005 (Double trio, Variations in G, Still live, Objects in mirror are closer then they appear, Now h e r e). She is also taking part in the work of Xavier Leroy, Eleanor Bauer and Sidney Leoni. With Leslie Mannès, she develops the project By-product since 2006, in collaboration with the fashion designer Jennifer Defays.
Leslie Mannès and Manon Santkin recently created L.O.C.//Local d’Opérations Collaboratoires as a framework for their ongoing collaboration. Interested in the discursive aspect of performance, Manon often takes part in the process of other artists as a mentor, feedbacker or dramaturge. Parallel to her career as a performance artist, she also started to investigate sound art and created the web platform Surfacenoise together with sound designer Peter Lenaerts.