D_ANCE FOR THE DISAPPEARED
Interdisciplinary collaboration between Visual Artist Chantal Meza, Dance artists Catherine Guerin, Miriam Markl and Elisabeth Kaul and Composer John Psathas.
In this event, framed by the Album Corybas; a melodic composition performed by New Zealand Chamber Soloists, The New Zealand String Quartet, Stephen Gosling & The New Zealand Trio, the Dancers performed while the Painter captured their movements on canvas in real time. The visual effects were further intensified when, together with the painter, the dancers traced their own movements with paint, leaving traces of their otherwise fleeting motions on the canvas. These later become part of the finished painting. The audience experienced LIVE, the process of creating an artwork.
This dynamic collaboration invited us to think about the phenomenon of disappearance: how we understand this concept in art, while challenging us to reflect on our own subjective everyday experiences of disappearance.
The spectacle included a short, thematic related dance workshop for all interested in the performance of disappearance, entitled, Displacements and Disappearances, which was part of the Moving Your Stories project von Catherine Guerin in collaboration with Miriam Markl and Elisabeth Kaul.
THE ARTWORK AND TITLE WERE INSPIRED BY
Professor Gil Anidjar’s "D____nce"
This is Essay is part of the State of Disappearance Book to be published by McGill-Queens University Press.
Gil Anidjar is Professor in the Departments of Religion and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University New York, USA.
The event was part of the state of disappearance project directed by Professor Brad Evans & the artist Chantal Meza.
Independent Mexican abstract artist & D_ance for disappeared project lead artist & director
Internationally renowned contemporary music producer and composer.
Composed by John Psathas, the music arrangement was performed by Stephen Gosling, Pianist; New Zealand String Quartet; New Zealand Chamber Soloists; and The New Zealand Trio Musicians