Stephanie Thiersch, the Cologne-based choreographer, has created a fresh and clever dance work Under Green Ground. She introduces an invisible world where works of art are created. The performance overlaps the time before and after curtain-up.
A joint creation by Stephanie Thiersch and dancer Alexandra Naudet, Under Green Ground is a solo work in which Naudet is accompanied on stage by three other -dancers. The audience finds itself follow-ing both the show and preparation for the show simultaneously. The production crosses the boundary that separates staging and performance.
As the virtuoso ’roadies’ let loose to the music of Madonna while building the set, Naudet performs multidimensional images of women known from paintings and pop culture. Her expressive dance and believ-able performance draws the audience in with its simplicity and appeal. Dancing and building go on side by side, some-times ignoring, and sometimes disturbing each other.
Stephanie Thiersch is renowned for her use of video and multimedia as elements in choreography. Thiersch conjures up changing moods, atmospheres, and situations, creating a hybrid performance on the border between live action and video installation. In Under Green Ground, technology is used in an impressive light and sound display. The music of the -performance mostly consists of pop music and evergreens.
Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1970, Thiersch studied English, Romance languages, and literature as well as communications before settling on dance studies. She has been a member of several independent and international dance groups. In 1997, when she established the -mouvoir dance group, which has come to be known for its merge of dance, theatre, media and video art and music.
Aleksandra Naudet is well-known for the rare expressive quality of her work, and as a member of the French dance group, DAC/Philippe Decouflé. Under Green Ground is a solo work made for her, extending from dance into a kind of tableaux vivants performance, presenting images through living human beings.
Before arriving in Helsinki, the work toured in Germany and South America. From Helsinki, it will continue on to -Mulhouse, France.
Under Green Ground
Kiasma Theatre 2, 3, and 4 Nov 7pm
Part of the Moving in November festival programme.