Both the Japanese multi-media collective Nest and de Châtel were interested in ways of dealing with spatial constraints and the application of new technologies in their work. This shared interest resulted in the co-production LinkAge.
Using self-imposed spatial constraints, Krisztina de Châtel confronts Nest’s highly mathematical method. LinkAge is like a city where all sorts of people live and respond to each other. The stage consists of a catwalk, a long demarcated plank with three moveable projection screens which divide the space and determine the structure of the choreography. The screens show edited images of Amsterdam and Tokyo. The music is a mixture of recordings and a live drum performance. The result is a visual and aural event in which the dancers of Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel take on the Nest electronics.
premiere 12 July 2000, Paradiso, Amsterdam
concept Yuzo Ishiyama, Naoki Hamanaka, Taro Nishimoto, Kunihiko Matsuo in cooperation with Krisztina de Châtel
choreography Krisztina de Châtel
dance Eva-Maria Christ, Wen Cheng Lee, Nicolas Legrand, Massimo Molinari, Guilherme Monteiro Miotto, Benjamin Petitjean, Suzan Tunca
music Kunihiko Matsuo, Yoichiro Natsume, Yuzo Ishiyama
visuals Taro Nishimoto
stagedesign Naoki Hamanaka, Takayuki Kuroda, Stef Avezaat
light Yuji Sekiguchi
costumes Emmy Schouten
photography Deen van Meer