Videotrailer for theater festival:
XX. Theatertage Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1.July 2011 - 10. July 2011
at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany
lectures from improvisation technologies
new installation, redesigned with footage of DVD-ROM "Bill Forsythe: Improvisation Technologies" (1999)
Reedit: Nik Haffner, Volker Kuchelmeister, Chris Ziegler
Production Management: Julian Gabriel Richter
Performance: William Forsythe
The Forsythe Company and ZKM Karlsruhe 2011
Nagarika DVD-ROM Bharatanatyam / Kalarippayattu
"Derived from the Sanskrit, NAGARIKA meaning a civilizational dimension, is an integrated information system on Indian physical systems presented as a series of interactive DVDs detailing the concepts of body and the principles of movement embedded in Bharatanatyam ( project supported by the Daniel Langlois Foundation and Goethe Institut)and Kalarippayattu ( project supported by Ford Foundation).
Over the years, Attakkalari has undertaken in-depth research into teaching methodologies in Indian performing arts traditions. Notions of knowledge creation and sharing, transfer of aesthetic sensibilities and the process of forming gestures, body lines and movement as cultural symbols, as well as the role of breath, focus and music in accentuating and augmenting the experience of movement, have come under the scope of these studies. The knowledge of these independent projects led to a major research project, NAGARIKA.
The project compiles and categorizes movement sequences of two specific Indian movement traditions – the first DVD in the nagarika series supported by the Daniel Langlois Foundation and the Goethe Institut focused specifically on the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam."
Attakkalari Center of Movement Arts
DVD-ROM volume 1 Bharatanatyam (2006) link to Langlois Fondations for Arts, Science and Technology (not published yet)
DVD-ROM volume 2 Kalarippayattu (2011) NAGARIKA official webpage (published 07/11 - see purchase instructions under 'download')
double skin || double mind
Double Skin/Double Mind Interactive Installation DVD/DVD-ROM and Book (Capturing Intention) published by Emio Greco | PC and AHK Amsterdam (englih/dutch) ISBN 978-90-810813-2-0
The Interactive Installation Double Skin/ Double Mind is a virtual version of the Double Skin/Double Mind workshop. This workshop, which has been taught by dance company Emio Greco | PC since 1996, represents the basis of the creative work of choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. Participants in this workshop are challenged to discover new interpretations of their dancing body....
2000 DVD-ROM + DVD-series: Introduction in Kyogen (No) theater, produced at
ZKM | Karlsruhe by TMC (Tokyo Media Connection) Tokyo and WASEDA University, Tokyo
Silver Award I.D. magazine 2001 by Jenn Shreve:
"On a darkened stage, a 600-year-old form of traditional Japanese theater is being performed. Kyogen, as it's called, uses highly stylized acting techniques to paint a portrait of the human experience. Predetermined gestures indicate such emotions as fear, surprise, anger and grief. But in the virtual auditorium of That's Kyogen-a DVD-ROM that will be used to teach the ancient method in schools-audience members do much more than simply watch.
Jurors lauded this aesthetically pleasing, educational project for its distillation of an ancient art form into easily understandable categories: scripts, acting methods and movement, characters. Clear, concise navigation gives each user total control over what information is presented and when, while the interface helpfully provides cross-references and suggests intuitive conceptual relationships. For example, when a user is watching a video presentation of a play, thumbnail-sized images of the characters appear on the side of the screen. These can be clicked on to reveal deeper layers of information about each character without interrupting the action on stage.
This project artfully explores the nonlinear potential of disc media, offering tutorials in both Japanese and English, and allows users to customize such options as subtitles. Video demos accompanied by the digital equivalent of a stage bill make for deeper communication of the philosophies and disciplines inherent in Kyogen."
MKA / MKI
08/1996 - 07/1997 "Medien Kunst Aktion / Media Art Action" CD-ROM
Goethe Institute Germany, ZKM | Karlsruhe (History of German Video- / Performance Art 60s - 70s)
This multimedia documentation covers the many facets of the history of media art. Concentrating on Germany, the book deals not just with video, film and television, but also with music, installation, action and painting at the beginning of the 1960s and 1970s. The CD-ROM features reproductions of moving images.
03/1999 - 12/1999 "Medien Kunst Interaktion / Media Art Interaction" CD-ROM
Goethe Institute Germany, ZKM | Karlsruhe (History of German Video- / Performance Art 80s - 90s)
"This anthology is a beautifully designed tomb, both Rudolf Frieling and Dieter Daniels are excellent pathologists, having gathered a great deal of material and dialogues made by these German artist themselves and presented it in a very clear manner. They have also added a strong collection of material on the accompanying CD, which is as well designed as the book." The Thing 2/2001
link to publisher springer wien new york
Bill Forsythe: Improvisation Technologies
6/94 - 10/94 interactive Installation, Ballett Frankfurt, Tanzarchiv Köln
10/98 - 5/99 CD-ROM "Bill Forsythe: Improvisation Technologies - A Tool For The Analytical Dance Eye"," digital arts edition/special edition" Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart
"Choreographer William Forsythe, artistic director of the Frankfurt Ballet since 1984, has brought about a shift of paradigms in contemporary dance. The vocabulary of his choreographies re-defines body, space, time and movement. Improvisation Technologies , originally intended for the professional use of the dancers of Frankfurt Ballet, provides a unique opportunity to gain a different access to the work of this major contemporary choreographer.
Divided into 60 video chapters, the CD-ROM is made up of lecture demonstrations in which William Forsythe shows the essential principles of his improvisation techniques. Dance sequences, specially performed by Christine Bürkle, Noah D. Gelber, Thomas McManus and Crystal Pite, can be called up as further illustrations. Also included is a document of improvisation in practice: Forsythe's performance of Solo , filmed in 1995 by Thomas Lovell Balogh. The CD-ROM is in English only. The richly illustrated German/English accompanying booklet includes an interview with William Forsythe, an essay by dance critic Roslyn Sulcas, as well as photographs by Dominik Mentzos."