Produced 2017 Sold for tour Resumed on Teaterøen
Auguste Rodin is one of French art's greatest and best known sculptors and his works will be familiar to many Danes, not least because the Glyptoteket has one of the finest collections in the world of his sculptures.
With the performance, Asterions Hus will offer its take on something that is the most difficult to define: the core of the artistic creation process. The performance takes place in the rehearsal room in tune with the artistic process it depicts.
We approximate what Rodin experienced in the encounter with his models. How he captured the movement when man danced for him. And as spectators, we try to gain insight into what took place between model and artist, between subject and object in the middle of the creation of the work.
The beauty and the imperfect
By diving deep into Rodin's artistic process, we get close to some of the iconic sculptures such as. 'The Thinker / Ponderer,' The Kiss' and 'The Sport of Hell'. We follow it through Rodin's eyes and experience the multidimensional in the work. The 'ponderer' with his radiance of deep thought, intelligence and contemplation is a clear contrast to the flicker and speed of our time. The 'citizens of Calais' today bring to mind the French port city, which has been home to migrants for more than fifteen years. The work's story of defending itself against the outside has thus gained a striking contemporary relevance. And 'The Man with the Broken Nose' reminds us of the beauty of the imperfect.
The performance explores the aesthetic space that exists around Auguste Rodin's sculptures and the figures that are produced in the performance - at the same time as you as a spectator are also invited to reflect on what you experience.
-RODIN seeks to thematize how body and nudity become instrumental and mechanical in an age with an increasing focus on self-portraiture and on the outside world's response, says director Peter Kirk. We hide behind a picture of what we want to show the outside world, it becomes increasingly important than our substance, and it really stresses us out wildly. Rodin is going to act as our 'medium' in trying to peel off the superficial layers and get into who we are.
RODIN is an expressive dance and performance performance that takes place in a studio / workshop, where two female dancers explore bodies, movements, light and physiognomic details, while a photographer observes and maintains what the audience sees in projections on the walls in pictures.
Through the photographer's optics, we may discover what Rodin was experiencing when he observed his models. Along the way, we witness a 're-enactment' of both Rodin's well-known sculptures, but we also experience the dancers creating new figures that could be sculptures created by the master.
Dancers: Liv Mikaela Sanz and Tilde Knudsen
Photographer: Ingrid Bugge
Music: Klaus Risager
Choreographic consultants: Lotte Sigh and Stefanos Bizas
Instructor: Peter Kirk
Excerpts from reviews:
'Teater Asterions Hus has found a niche where, with fierce consistency, they create astonishing, pictorial and sometimes seductive interpretations of a single artist's life work and character.
'Four stars from Gregers Dircking-Holmfeldt
'Picturesque dance portrait of Rodin's power over the white marble.'
Four stars from Casper Koeller.
'I am gripped by the two women's movements and interactions and the way they play with the shape and expression of the characters.'
Trine Berg Palle, Den4Væg
' We are engrossed in the many exciting impressions. The body, the movement, the light, the sound and the space weave in and out of each other in visual images that are incredibly strong, surprising and beautiful.
'Lis Engel, Kunstavisen.
'Klaus Risager's music is eminent for the study, as is the performance.
'the two dancers are excellent and the choreographer uses their bodies, often naked, for a streak of organically-erotically intertwined positions'
Henrik Lyding Jyllandsposten '
The notion of Rodin is a powerful bombardment of bodies, dance and sensual manifestation. Morten Ranum
My enthusiasm for the display of the body as a sculpture. The dancers were sensually beautiful in every single movement.
The King of Culture overall rating, 5 stars