Choreography by Elisabeth Schilling
‘She dives into this world of powerful sound in an incredibly sensitive way, powerful even in silence. (…) Fragile and stringent at the same time, her dance, between intuition and construction, is powerful, energetic and tender. Yet always somehow fragile. So clever and so touching.’
– Rando Hannemann, tanz.at –
Look up, and hear the ticking… The Hungarian composer György Ligeti was fascinated by the coexistence of clocks and clouds in our world, of exact measures as well as approximations, and he translated this coexistence into music. As both clouds and clocks continue to inspire human imagination, for Ligeti they provided a point of convergence from which to experiment in a constant conversation between the arts and the sciences.
With PRISMA, Elisabeth Schilling takes Ligeti’s scientific-artistic immersion as a method and extends it to the domain of engaged dance. For this purpose, she has picked the Études, a series of short and extremely difficult pieces for solo piano, which, according to Ligeti, behave, in a compositional and pianistic sense, like “growing organisms”. Following this line of thought and alongside the pianist Cathy Krier, Schilling has focussed on the first two books of the Études, treating dance and music as contiguous forms growing alongside and into each other to produce a dance-concert/concert-dance in which neither form dominates the other. Working with intricate scores that sustain a tension between the clockwork of a fully determined piece and the clouds of possibility that engulf a sense of improvisatory freedom, the singular characteristics of each of the Études (colours, textures, movements, atmospheres) are woven into a complex and forever open whole.
In 2023, celebrating Ligeti’s 100th birthday, the 45-minute piece PRISMA will be toured along with another work in collaboration with Cathy Krier, the full-scale production HEAR EYES MOVE. Dances with Ligeti (for five dancers and piano). In addition to this tour with the company, Elisabeth is also planning to take the solo to smaller and more rural venues.