HEAR EYES MOVE
Dances with Ligeti
The Hungarian composer György Ligeti (1923-2006) once described his etudes as “growing organisms”. But how does any organism or system – whether in natures or societies – grow in the first place?
Organisms and systems, the unpredictability of natural phenomena like clouds and the (apparent) predictability of clocks and other mechanical devices, were key inspirations for Ligeti’s Etudes. More generally, however, between the physical, the chemical, and the organic, every living entity still appears as a source of wonder.
Across Ligeti’s work, the wondersome growth of music is a matter of complex interactions and entanglements, where everything depends on something else, where causes have effects. Here, the movements and developments of music are not merely a matter of hearing, but also of sensation, they come to be felt “as a tactile form, as a succession of muscle tensions”. This music is already a dance, a dance where actions are interactions; each step of a dancer, moving with Ligeti, each action of a dancer, dancing with Ligeti, has consequences on individuals as well as on groups. The intricate entanglement of this virtuosic music in dance thus opens up a space for experimentation, a laboratory in which art shows its quality as a site of social negotiation: if I sense this, where will I move – and how will my sensation and my movements impact those of others, and theirs mine? Everywhere, across clocks and clouds, there is recursion.
HEAR EYES MOVE relies on intensive research into György Ligeti’s works and methods and produces an intricate nexus in which Ligeti’s complex music meets Elisabeth Schilling’s choreographies. Music and dance thus begin to grow alongside and into each other, as contiguous forms bringing about a dance-concert and a concert-dance full of captivating multi-sensorial imagery, where no form or medium ultimately dominates the other. Here, too, interdependence is the name of the game, and it is a condition of life. Can you hear your eyes move?
The project is being accompanied by a catalogue with commissioned texts by Jean – François Boukobza, Stephanie Schroedter, Luc Spada, Nathalie Ronvaux and Roísín O’Brien – soon on sale via the website.