Outstanding Navigator dancer Yui Kawaguchi & jazz pianist Aki Takase with their fourth duo. Produced by Nico and the Navigators.
Yui Kawaguchi & Aki Takase – Die Stadt im Klavier IV
“Die Stadt im Klavier” is a series of process-like encounters between the duo of the dancer and prominent Navigator Yui Kawaguchi and the jazz-pianist Aki Takase. They have already met three times on stage and created the pieces “Kanon” (2007), “Forte” (2008) and “Tarantella” (2009). As part of the KlangZuGang series produced by Nico and the Navigators, they presented in february 2011 their forth collaboration – Chaconne.
The subtle grasp each performer has of her own form of artistic expression extends to that of her counterpart, allowing Yui Kawaguchi and Aki Takase to weave a spectacular web of sound and movement. Inspired by the sensual languidness of the chaconne, they will re-examinate this old form with multilayered colour contrasts and time changes. All this takes place within the poetic installation of the artist Kazue Taguchi, who transforms the stage into a sea of light reflections.
Produced as part of the series of staged concerts KlangZuGang, for which NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS recieve a three-year grant from the German Federal Government through the Fonds Darstellende Künste. In association with the Sophiensæle. Supported by and produced in Dock 11 Eden*****. Officially selected to perform in the celebrations marking 150 Years of Friendship Germany-Japan 2011. Sincere thanks to Yamaha and the PianoGalerie Berlin.
…What a start of the Easter Festival! Aki Takase on the piano and the dancer Yui Kawaguchi fascinate as “architects”: Their creation is a fictional city that opens up new spaces in the symbiosis of sound & movement and makes them experienceable. Fascinating!…
Captivating start of the Easter Festival in Hall with "Chaconne What an opening of the Easter Festival of the Gallery St. Barbara! Aki Takase on the piano and the dancer Yui Kawaguchi fascinate as "architects": Their creation is a fictional city that opens up new spaces in the symbiosis of sound & movement and makes them experienceable. Fascinating! Music always plays an essential role in dance. But still, the focus is usually on the dance. The music is subordinated. Not so with Aki Takase and Yui Kawaguchi. The two Japanese Ausnhame artists create sound in movement. It is the sound of a city. The motto of the evening - "Chaconne - The City in the Piano" - is the program. This city rises from nothingness. The nothingness is the sounds. They are created as if on a drawing board. The drawing board is the piano. The architect is Aki Takase. The city is not only audible. It is also becoming more and more visible. It becomes more and more tangible. The interaction between urbanity and movement, sound and movement is the focus. Aki Takase sets the direction at the piano. She is the spatial planner. The dancer Yui Kawaguchi walks through her city plan. She is a visitor. She goes on a journey of exploration. She gives form to the music. She gives structure to the sounds. The city that emerges out of nothing is a city that builds on the known. Out of the known develops the new, the unknown. The familiar points to the future. The city of Aki Takase and Yui Kawaguchi has many faces. It is loud, it is fast. It is quiet, it is slow. It is never boring. It is always fast-paced - even when Yui Kawaguchi moves very slowly, almost meditatively. The light becomes the third actor. The light in all its facets. Light and shadow create an additional space on another level. The level of imagination. Aki Takase and Yui Kawaguhci are demanding and perhaps that is why they are so fascinating.
…Here the strings vibrate in the body of the grand piano, there the dancer sounds in the room. Does she dance the music, or does the music dance the dancer? Quickly the beauty of what emerges clarifies that the question does not have to be answered to let this intensity shine. Oratorical concentration in the E-Werk…
Out of the darkness it begins to shine, groping, initially shy sounds. Bach's Chaconne still very close, the soft singing lines. The accompanying counterpoint tastes the free. Aki Takase, all in red opens the space. Kawaguchi in analogous pianissimo of movement answers opposite, in black. The common play begins. Here the strings vibrate in the body of the piano, there the dancer sounds in the room. The relationship overcomes the space effortlessly, as if there were two extremities of one body visible and audible. Oratorical concentration in the E-Werk. The music leads, visibly. Yui Kawaguchi is surrendered to the music. She succeeds in letting herself dance, in synaptic real time to Aki's playing she can dance individual fields of her body as if they were autonomous, from foot to knee to eye, into the electrified fingertips. Her dance sparkles brightly. Is she dancing the music, or is the music dancing the dancer? Quickly, the beauty of what emerges clarifies that the question need not be answered to let this intensity shine. Takase plays a wide-breathing tension that grows organically as if from within itself, gently tightening and maintaining the concentrated tone throughout the evening. This basic tension carries over the hottest clustercliffs and doesn't allow itself to be upset by external irritations, such as when Yui briefly puts on a playful noose, or teases from the invisible. With the emergence of shimmering, flowing light reflections from Kazue Taguchi's transparent sculptures, which lay a moving allover the space, a media triad is completed. Kawaguchi's dance conquers and reconfigures the space, cuts the levels, bundles the energy, there it is, the city in the piano. In the imaginary reenactment of the movement, the map emerges. After successfully making contact with the master of sounds, she begins to draw. A wide net emerges from thin bright thread lines, loosely spinning the stage space, a clear outline of a fantastic city. She takes its beginning tenderly from the open wing and expands the tension structure by a third swing. In explosive micro-figures the temperament of the players flashes, here in the fiery they meet. Takase's hot thunderstorms, erratic runs and Yui's frenzy are related in their precision. This allows the beauty of the jointly created third, always unique quality of improvisation to blossom. The heat discharged again with humor in a light-footed comic encore that grew silver blossoms from within the wings. Spellbound and enchanted by a brief dream of communication, the applause began to rise tentatively only.
…Yui Kawaguchi ist eine Ausnahmetänzerin. Sie vertanzt die Komposition Aki Takases in fließende Bewegungen, (…) setzt nicht nur sich selbst, sondern auch den Raum als Resonanzkörper der Musik ein. (…) sie bauen Räume, strukturieren sie, machen sie sichtbar…
The silhouette of Yui Kawaguchi is superimposed on the strangely foreshortened shadow of pianist Aki Takase and her instrument. A little further to the right, the dancer's snake-like arm has taken on a life of its own on the stage wall. The complex space of sound, installation and movement created by the Japanese artists is translated for a moment by the shadow cast into fragmented surfaces. It almost seems as if this is where the skyline of this evening showed itself. "Chaconne - The City in the Piano IV" begins with the jazz musician in a red floor-length satin dress awkwardly sitting down at the piano and taking the visitor of the 18th Freiburg International Dance Festival at the E-Werk on a night ride. The light projections on the walls could be from car headlights on a rain-soaked road, and yet they are the reflections of the mobile made of strung silver frames (Kazue Taguchi). And then Yui Kawaguchi also enters the stage in short black pants and a cleverly laced hooded top (costume: Frauke Ritter). Gently groping, she adjusts to the pearly piano sounds, on tiptoe she angles her arms, shifts her weight backward, then her arms reach out. It seems as if each of her body parts has a life of its own. Yui Kawaguchi is an exceptional dancer. She dances Aki Takase's composition in flowing movements, translates classical ballet figures into the contemporary; in this way, she falls into the splits every now and then and at the same time performs a gracefully dysfunctional body. "Chaconne - The City in the Piano IV" could be one of those artful evenings that murmuringly assert their own avant-garde claim. It's not just the matter-of-factness of the interplay - not the first time the two have taken on a traditional dance like the Chaconne - that makes this label not want to stick. It is also Yui Kawaguchi's girlish wit that gives this chaconne a different tone. The Berlin-based dancer sticks out her tongue like a leprechaun so that it almost seems to jump onto her hand, leaps like a frog, uses her body as a shadow play and dances the Charleston. At one point she leans against the back front of the transom windows and immediately you think you're watching a scene from an expressionist film. Then she hits the large ventilation pipes, using not only herself but also the room as a resonating body of music. Aki Takase and Yui Kawaguchi do not tell about life in cities, they build spaces, structure them, make them visible. For example, when Yui Kawaguchi unwinds a thread and moors it into a far-reaching net, the end of which is stretched so that it serves her as a kind of ballet barre. Or when Aki Takase throws the silver frames onto the piano strings that they bounce and accentuate her playing with discords. During one of the encores, Yui Kawaguchi sticks a flower made of wire into the piano, another she puts around her partner's neck like a noose. Friction can certainly be a quality.
…The Japanese dancer Yui Kawaguchi let herself be carried away to a utopian city by imaginative piano sounds, exposing herself to the alien force with all its dynamics and drama. To the viewer, the artist’s longing, devotion, and surrender to the tonally drawn vision of the pianoforte was revealed….
Eberswalde. A whole city in the piano could experience the more than one hundred visitors last Friday at the continuation of the 17th festival Jazz in E.. The Japanese dancer Yui Kawaguchi let herself be carried away by imaginative piano sounds into a utopian city, exposing herself to the alien power with all its dynamics and drama. To the viewer, the artist's longing, devotion and surrender to the tonally drawn vision of the pianoforte was revealed. Pianist Aki Takase, like Yui Kawaguchi from Japan, lent conviction and color to the intonation and allowed the audience to participate in the dancer's inner conflict, in the contradiction of attraction and repulsion. Discreetly placed light effects intensified the impression and at the same time harmonized pleasantly. The audience gladly followed the journey and thanked with sustained applause. Three partly swinging encores were the reward.
…a nocturnal poetic city of objects, sounds, bodies, movement, change, light… Kawaguchi’s body blends into the sound backdrop, Takase’s expenditures at the keys complement the choreography. An overflowing light installation creates ever new bizarre forms from the simplest means and conjures up playmates of light and shadow on the walls for the two now and then…
Objects in motion produce sounds. The piano string is the most obvious example. Human bodies differ little from other objects in this respect. Except that their vibrations are called dance rather than music, and when they make music, the movement recedes into the shadow of the instrument. How much escapes such categorizations, how little the music merely accompanies the dance, and how musical a body in motion is, is shown by Yui Kawaguchi and Aki Takase in "Chaconne". Seen in the Sophiensaele in Berlin. The room, which Kazue Taguchi has equipped for this piece with only a grand piano, a few glittery things and many small light sources, demonstrates another physical truism: objects in the light produce reflections. Some less, some more. And the latter, when also made to vibrate (i.e., sound), create a constantly changing, multidimensional space that is more than a stage. A whole city of objects and sounds, bodies, movement, change, light. "City in the Piano" is aptly called in the subtitle. The two Japanese performers populate this city very cautiously at first. Almost as if in slow motion, each explores the possibilities that her own body offers to fill the space. Here a few notes from the belly of the piano, there a cautious step into the light, a turn on its own axis. Joint test. Establishing contact. The virtuoso pianist Takase gains a foothold more quickly, allies herself with the keys and challenges her instrument by plucking at strings, preparing them with objects and eliciting quite unfamiliar sounds from the piano in the process. Kawaguchi, meanwhile, stalks as if remote-controlled. It doesn't seem to be her body that is actively dancing, rather it is something else that moves it and strikes her. Something like a hiccup that wants to get out and therefore throws her across the stage in ever larger orbits. She surrenders to this something with her characteristic comedy and makes her own what it seems to dictate to her. A bit of tap dancing, a bit of Schuhplattler, a pair of shoes finds its way to her feet, eventually everything about her dances - right down to her eyeballs and the ends of her hair. The clapping on Kawaguchi's body, her feet on the floor, and her breathing blend into the soundscape. Takase's exertions on the keys complement the choreography. The light installation, which in the finest ZERO tradition creates ever new whimsical forms from the simplest of means, conjures up playmates of light and shadow on the walls for the two every now and then. From the very beginning, the audience is connected to the action in the room by the all-flooding light concept. It becomes even more literally connected when Kawaguchi knots a line, from the piano string, around a chair leg, a column in the room and - of course - his own body, until a net stretches through the room, shimmering and vibrating in the light, like the piano strings. Or like the power supply line of a nocturnal poetic city.
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