1000 Things (working title)
a new evening-length piece
But there are new parts as well, including 1000 Steps and 1000 Things -- which combine with 1000 Gestures to make a trilogy.
Together, these elements form an examination of human behavior at an elemental level. That is, the piece is not so much concerned with the meaning of our actions, but rather their morphology. As if seen by aliens visiting earth for the first time, it is a view of behavior without context. This piece asks the question: what is it that humans actually do? On the surface, it looks insensible -- the sounds they make, their constant gesticulation -- but of course there are codes hidden behind those actions -- layers and layers of data. It is the stuff that machine learning is based on, and that big data seeks to de-construct and exploit. These analytical techniques function by collecting large data sets -- numbering not in the small groups we are used to, but in the thousands. Seen from this perspective, human behavior is both beguiling, and a monumental enigma.
This dance is ambitious -- just try remembering 1000 of anything! The trick is to start slowly and methodically. In fact, we begin with nothing at all. Silence... and the sound of a single bird...
Each time the dancer blinks her eyes, we hear the sound of a bird somewhere in the theater. Another dancer joins in, and then another. This is how the piece begins, like the new day awakening in a forest. We do this using motion tracking technology, specially adapted to track the micro gestures of the dancers.
Stay tuned for information about showings and performances!
Tanzparty #12 – September 3.2018, 20:00
Who knows how many gestures there are in the human vocabulary? How many do we use in a day?
3 dancers take us on a journey of 15 minutes, during which they perform 1000 fast-moving gestures, punctuated by a live and playful double bass.
Emotions and meanings become organic actions, both strange and familiar.
Dancers: Robert Wechsler (Choreography), Annika Dörr
and Vanessa Cokaric
The Interview (2018)
On 22-24 June, in Berlin. 48stunden Neukölln
The Interview begins by sitting in a chair, a few feet from
the Interviewer. But this is no ordinary interview...
Duration : 3 minutes per visitor
We will be in Polymedialer Ponyhof - Kienitzer strasse 11- at:
Fr 19:00 bis 22:00
Concept and realization: Delphine Lavau (Interviewer) and
Robert Wechsler (Profiler)
Special thanks to Vanessa Cokaric, Ekmel Ertan, Kay Kastner,
Frieder Weiss, Clemens Wegener and Marc Sauter.