For Zeit-bild, a performance with nine dancers and eight musicians, Etienne Guilloteau takes his inspiration from Henri Bergson’s belief that duration is measured not in the seconds, minutes and hours of time, but in smells, pleasure, pain and other sensations.
Zeit-Bild, initially commissioned by Stiftung Mozarteum in co-production with SZENE Salzburg, puts the focus on three composers – Wolfgang A. Mozart, Morton Feldman and Beat Furrer. Working with conductor and pianist Alain Franco, Etienne Guilloteau examines the individual composers’ relationship to time. The music was selected according to specific criteria – the varying relationships to time and duration, the timbre of the instruments as well as the contrast in intensity and dynamic. Guilloteau has choreographed a dialogue of movement and music, which is impressively brought to life onstage by the OENM (Austrian Ensemble for New Music) and the dancers of the SEAD BODHI PROJECT. Both fascinating and moving, Zeit-Bild shows how duration is composed by many layers of memories, sensitivity, tension and softness; and how the past, present and a possible future exist in every action of the body.
SEAD’s BODHI project: Erica Badgeley, Emmi Väisänen, Shin Young Jun, Alan Fuentes Guerra, Young Won Song, Nathalie Baert, Sami Similä, Nefeli Kadinopoulou-Asteriou, Juan De Lima Da Silva, Federico Valenti/Beno Novak
OENM Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik
Beat Furrer, Morton Feldman, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & others
“[…] Etienne Guilloteau uses simple, little accentuated, yet fluent movement patterns. In Zeit-Bild there is no real psychological impulse – there is no human drama, no inner conflicts or character representations. Nevertheless, the dancers are not presented as an abstraction.”
Helmut Ploebst, der Standard, 30 Nov 2015
“The French choreographer Etienne Guilloteau […] has mastered the art of drifting between illustrative, yet necessarily distanced narrative and abstract physical expression in a way that is as elegant and graceful as it is determined and powerful.”
Karl Harb, Salzburger Nachrichten, 30 Nov 2015
“It is always fascinating how, despite – or perhaps because of – the large temporal and stylistic distance between classical and contemporary music, these relationships necessarily start to develop: certainly in the music, but also in the flowing transitions of Etienne Guilloteau’s choreography.”
Claudia-Maria Kraml, Die Harmonie der Dimensionen 30 Nov 2015