Nerves Like Nylon

Conceito e coreografia / Concept and choreography Maria Ramos Criado com as intérpretes / created with performers Sofia Dias, Benedetta Maxia and Lígia Teixeira Desenho de luz / Light design Vinny Jones Música original / Original music Hugo Verweij

(PT) Nerves Like Nylon tem como referência dramatúrgica o texto ‘Not I’ de Samuel Beckett e explora o princípio de que uma construção coreográfica pode potenciar movimento se contiver um certo grau de imobilidade. A partir dos paradoxos existentes em escultura que Antony Gormley refere: ‘a imobilidade/quietude pode exprimir o seu oposto’, ‘a melhor maneira de promover/impulsionar o movimento é através de um objecto estático’, pretendo estabelecer uma noção coreográfica também ela paradoxal: o espaço cénico e a própria estrutura de NLN, em vez de evocarem movimento, parecem antes exprimir a sua impossibilidade. O espaço cénico é limitado a uma área de acção restrita e a trama coreográfica desenvolve-se através do imaginário ficcional criado pelo gesto e da realidade factual do texto que o intercepta.

(ENG) Nerves Like Nylon uses as dramaturgic reference the text ‘Not I’ by Samuel Beckett and explores the principle that a choreographic construction can trigger movement when it contains a certain degree of stillness. Based on the sculptural paradoxes mentioned by Antony Gormley: ‘stillness can express its opposite’, ‘movement is best encouraged by a static object’, my intention is to establish a choreographic notion that is also paradoxical in itself: NLN’s scenic space and structure, rather then evoking movement, seem to suggest its impossibility. The scenic space is limited to a restricted area of action and the choreographic thread unfolds through the fictional imaginary created by the gesture and the factual reality of the text that intercepts it.

You know there are three dancers in the dark room, but what you see are only three torsos, lit by light bulbs hanging at hip height that increasingly shine brighter. The torsos start to make angular movements, the arms becoming occasionally like claws. At the end the dancers swing the light bulbs, sending light streaks shooting through the space…. In Nerves Like Nylon illumination plays a central role; as well as defining the space and giving the mysterious atmosphere, it also ensure that the dancers become almost classical sculptures.

de Volkskrant, Anneke Stoffelen

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