Following a commission by the Orgelpark in Amsterdam (a new international platform for organists, composers and other artists) choreographer Krisztina de Châtel made a new choreography based on Pulse.
In Pulse+ organ music and live musicians are added as new dimensions. The music of Hungarian composer György Ligeti, a compatriot of de Châtel, lies at the heart of the piece. Accompanied by powerful organ sounds and intense piano passages the dancers tear through the space. The combined result is an organic entity that fuses concert and dance performance: Pulse+.
In Pulse+ bondage and freedom struggle with each other. During the procession, which is laden with severity, the individual dancers break out and then return to the collective. The costumes contribute to creating a choreography that evokes strong associations with the current social problem of religious fundamentalism. The severity and fanaticism of religion are reflected in dance and costume. In combination with Ligeti’s études for piano and organ this results in a contemporary and kaleidoscopic performance.
premiere 20 April 2007, Orgelkerk, Amsterdam
choreography Krisztina de Châtel, Massimo Molinari
dance Daniel Costa, David Essing, Andreas Kuck, Massimo Molinari, Francesca Monti, Goran Turnsek, René Vrieling
music György Ligeti
live performance Gerrie Meijers en Folke Nauta
light Bernie van Velzen
photography Karel Zwaneveld