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In Tactile Quartet(s), Vera Tussing builds on her previous choreographic explorations in the sensory engagement of an audience. This time round, Tussing invites string quartet Quatour MP4 to join four dancers on stage for a playful encounter between movement and sound. What if we take the movements of a string quartet seriously as a choreography – and dance along?
As the musicians engage in one-on-one tactile encounters with the audience members, they create a physical play back. Everything arises from touch - a bow on a string, an arm on a shoulder, a sound on your skin. The dancers mediate the encounter between musicality and tactility through a choreography that oscillates between the felt, the seen, the heard and the aesthetic. The commands, movements, and communications which animate musicality are refracted through their synaesthetic lens. At the point where the orbits of dance and music intersect, the audience is invited to enter into its kaleidoscopic score. In the midst of this constellation, the audience is asked to give a hand – or an arm.
Creation & direction: Vera Tussing - Co-creation & dance: Zoltan Vakulya, Yoh Morishita, Esse Vanderbruggen, Vera Tussing - Co-creation & music: Quatuor MP4 (Claire Bourdet, Margaret Hermant, Pierre Heneaux, Merryl Havard) - Musical collaboration & technical direction: Michael Picknett - Rehearsal support: Bun Kobayashi - Costume/Set: Jivan van der Ende - Contextual Research & Dramaturgy: JS Rafaeli & Sebastian Kann - Production: Hiros - Co-production: Kaaitheater - Residencies: STUK, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Wpzimmer, workspacebrussels - In collaboration with: Universal Edition Wien, Auteursbureau ALMO Antwerpen - Supported by: Flemish Government - Thank you: Clara Levy & Quartet partners for their extensive contribution to the research, Gorka Gurrutxaga Arruti, Ehren Verrelst
Music excerpts: Anton Dvorak (String Quartet in F major, 1893) // Georg Friedrich Haas (Sting Quartet No2, 1998) // Florence Price (String Quartet in G Major, 1929) // Caroline Shaw (Entr'acte, 2011) // Franz Shubert (String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, 1831) // Michael Picknett (original score created in collaboration with Quatuor MP4)
Tour dates : https://www.hiros.be/en/projects/detail/tactile-quartets