Sunday, June 22, 2008


a new piece by Thomas Körtvélyessy
Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam, Netherlands

July 16th
public rehearsal at 4pm

July 17th
1st performance at 4.30pm
2nd performance at 8pm

Elisabetta Consonni, Jan Misker, Johnny Schoofs,
Wilma van de Hel

Paul Sixta

Konrad Szymanski

with special thanks to Amy Gale / Dansateliers, Rotterdam
dedicated to dance & intermedia pioneer Elaine Summers
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inspired by Summers' "Energy Changes" from 1971 and its historic performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in 1973

this project is made possible thanks to a studio-grant from Dansateliers Rotterdam and through generous funding from the Municipality of Rotterdam, office for art & culture as well as private sponsors.

the score

is an experiment in the public area of the City Hall plaza, architecturally designed to be a meeting place for the population of the city or Rotterdam.

the score for the performance sets the places of action and the basic action, as the group of dancers moves from inward & group-oriented to outward and environment oriented, but still with an undercurrent of group-awareness and collaboration.

it can be seen as an experimental wheel going through every gradation between private & public expression, individually and as a group of participants/performers.

an important influence has been Elaine Summers' seminal piece "Energy Changes" which guided the performers through all levels of dance and performance, back in 1971 and a.o. performed at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1973 as an intermedia piece

>> I am interested in HOW the single phases will be realised by the dancers each time, how will the public react. etc.
>> also, I am interested in strategies that will involve the public more closely as co-creators of the resulting dance. after all, we are asking for a part of public space, so what does the public get in return?

previous work

con·sens·us double impact - NL/Japan 28 juli 2006

a simultaneous improvisation by Janine Brall (Tokushima Beach, Japan) and Thomas Körtvélyessy (Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam, NL - filmed by Károly Tóth/zeroglab

walking con·sens·us 3 mei 2006

during a research-afternoon with Janine Brall, Stefan Hoffmann (camera), and Willem Besselink