“Two Old Guys and a Relatively Young Man”, a performance by Luis Lara Malvacias / 3RD CLASS CITIZEN. A trio for three male dancers and a musician performed live. 16. – 18. august 2012 Lille Carl Dansehallerne Copenhagen, Denmark. Music: Ivo Bol performers: Luis Lara Malvacías, Jeremy Nelson and Francis Stansky.
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I have been working with Luis Lara Malvacias since 2005. Our latest collaboration is a wonderful performance called AMANDA & THE BLACK VOID OF SPACE, directed by Luis, which we made this spring at the Warehouse 9 in Copenhagen, and performed at the Joyce Soho afterwards in New York. AMANDA might be his most radical piece (from what I’ve seen), it is also amazing and I will encourage everyone to go see it september 8th at OT 301.
In a black void, dreams, reality and fiction become intertwined. The only thing remaining is the body, and its history. In AMANDA & THE BLACK VOID OF SPACE, Lara Malvacías explores unpredictability and theatrical narrative.
AMANDA & THE BLACK VOID OF SPACE is produced by 3RD CLASS CITIZEN, Warehouse 9 in Copenhagen en Joyce Soho in New York. Luis Lara Malvacias / 3RD CLASS CITIZEN has created several touring performance/installation projects that involve multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects and events presented in non-conventional spaces. Luis Lara Malvacías has been presenting experimental dance works in New York, Europe and Latin America since 1994.
LUIS LARA MALVACIAS / 3RD CLASS CITIZEN Performers: luis lara malvacias, jeremy nelson, manuel alfonso perez torres Music: ivo bol Lights: david tirosh, katinka marac and luis lara malvacias
The next day I went walking to enjoy the view from the hilltop at Tibidabo, where a giant Jesus is the neighbour (but not part) of an amusement park.
I spend the evening hitting the tapas bars in Gracia, using the excellent “Bicing” service. Now this may be normal in some cities, but we do not have it in Amsterdam (although it was kind of invented here) and I love it. For a few monthly euros you get to use these red bikes, that you can unlock electronically with a Bicing card, anywhere anytime.
And I always make sure to visit the Boqueria (or one of the other fantastic markets), to understand the Catalans (or the Spanish for that matter) is to indulge in food.
The Nederlandse Dansdagen, the Dutch “oscars” for modern dance, are coming up this weekend in Maastricht. Pere Faura will show his piece “Do you have a cigarette? and other ways of approaching”. Here is an excerpt from the show, for which I made some club music, also a remix of the Bee Gees “You should be dancing”.
In March 2009 I was in New York to work with Luis Lara Malvacias and Jeremey Nelson on their piece “Sooner Than you Think”. The piece was performed March 18, 19, 21 and 22 92nd at the Ailey Citigroup Theater on West 55th Street, as part of the Street Y Harkness Dance Festival.
Here is one of the tracks I made for a beautiful solo by Jeremy:
After working very hard for many months we a presented “Do you have a cigarette?”, the new piece by Pere Gay Faura at the Gasthuistheater (now know as “Frascati WG”) in Amsterdam. Last weeks’ premiere went really well I think…I made a few house tracks and did some remixing; here is my remix of the Bee Gees’ “You should be dancing” (from the famous John Travolta solo scene in Saturday Night Fever) More shows: Dec 10 -13.
In may 2004 I was working with choreographer Maria Ines Villasmil on her project RECOG: A sensitive stage in the AHK in Amsterdam, as part of her graduation project for the Dance and New Media Master degree Dance Unlimited.
The sounds and lights were triggered or influenced by the movements of the dancers. This was done through a motion tracking system using a surveillance camera. The movements were registered with Soft VNS, a application for the MAX envirnoment, translated into Midi commands that were send to samplers and the light equipment. It was a challenge making something which was working but was also “organic” in a way, not just a cold technological piece. It was great to work on this, very interesting and I hope one day we can continue with this project. The lights were made by Katinka Marac, dancers: Maria Ines Villasmil and Irena Mikec, programming Max by Rui Dias and Amy Beeston, advice Kirk Woolford.
Photos: Kirk Woolford
In the fall of 2006 I was in New York to work with choreographer Luis Lara Malvacias on his piece “There Is No Such Thing”. It was the second time we worked together, in the fall of 2005 I composed music for the successful piece “Badman” that premiered at Danspace/St. Marks Church in New York. “There Is No Such Thing” premiered in Dance Theatre Workshop in New York November 28th..
In the first scene recording, playback and manipulation of sound was generated live on stage by the performers. The dancers step on a kind of cushions or martial-arts pillows. The sound of the air coming out of the pillows was recorded into a buffer in my computer using LiSa (a live sampling application developed by STEIM). Underneath the pillows I attatched pressure sensors (available at sensyr.com) that send out midi using the JunXion box (the JunXion Box is a analogue to MIDI box developed by STEIM, see also my Blog “Memory Scan”) in this way allowing the performers to controll playback and filtering parameters. The sound always came later than you expect, this resulted in a strange but very interesting scene.
Luis created a great choreography, designed a beautifull stage, made the video projections, had costumes made for every audience member and new covers for all the seats. His choreography was very well performed by talented dancers, the show was kick-ass and it was a great pleasure working on the project.
When I was in New York we had elections in Holland…our prime minister Jan-Peter Balkenende was the winner of the elections unfortunately, even though his party lost seats in parlement. Worse even the Socialist Party with the populist idiot Marijnissen and the xenophobic party PVDV with their “great leader” Wilders were the big winners of these elections…God help us (if he would exits).
Choreography, sets, costumes and installation: Luis Lara Malvacias
Dancers: Marcel Dou, Jocelyn Evans, Nathalie Dressner, Luis Lara Malvacias, Kate Martel & Jeremy Nelson