Connection Retrieval 

This work is an ongoing exploration to implement a coherent narrative on stage by combining high-tech and low-tech technologies within live dance performance. This process has been focusing on finding a balance between the technical tools of live visualisation and sound creation, combined with the compositional tasks given to the performers to create the dance. Technologically, we are using live motion capturing coupled with digital audio and video synthesis tools to create visual and sonic layers, constructing a poetic narrative in dialogue with the dance. For the movement, we are focusing on task based improvisation, where we take different awareness and sensory inputs (auditive, visual, tactile) as guides to create movement and to connect to the Other.  We are playing with prioritising particular senses to articulate movement language into compositional scenes and episodes. In doing so, we have attempted to portray the power of mind and imagination, and the inherent need to be heard, seen and touched whilst searching for connectedness to others. My choreographic objective is to look at ways to layer the different elements, whereby the connection between the movements, visuals and sounds can be strengthened in order to create a narrative, whilst simultaneously allowing each element to exist through its own dramaturgical logic. 

Concept and choreography: Hanna Pajala-Assefa 

Dancers (Tallinn, Aug/19): Madli Paves, Christin Taul

Dancers (Düsseldorf, Oct/19): Einav Katan-Schmid, Ella Tighe

Dancers (Tallinn, Mar/20): Ella Tighe, Tanja Råman

Visuals, sound and interaction by, respectively: Stephan Jürgens, Raul Masu and Jochen Feitsch

Moving Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience. Project no. 597398-CREA-1-2018-1-PT-CULT-COOP1, co-funded by Creative Europe – Culture Sub-programme, 2018 – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union.