Le principe d’incertitude / Liz Santoro & Pierre Godard

Relative Collider

Tanz im August

With precision and concentration, four performers master a targeted task of (self-inflicted) overexertion: “Relative Collider“ is an experimental set up which combines dance, neuroscience and mathematics. Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard overlay and vary two different movement schemas – a sequence of sixty-four arm positions and two series of foot movements, each consisting of sixty-four beats – which over the course of the performance are joined together with increasing complexity. To this performance – which challenges every receptor and neuron – text is added as a third element: according to predetermined rhythmical patterns, quotations from world literature are selected at random from a pool and performed live to the draconian beat of the metronome. Sounds abstract? Sure, on paper; but on the stage, “Relative Collider“ is a graceful experiment that calls to mind the era of postmodern dance. For their ‘performative machine,’ the dancer, choreographer and neuroscientist Liz Santoro, and dancer, engineer and computer linguist Pierre Godard borrow elements from physics: similar to the collisions in a particle accelerator, which generate knowledge about elementary particles and matter, they seek to bring about a “collision of watching,” and to find out more about the principles of attention. Audience members have the opportunity to observe the performance of a choreography which develops into an increasingly complex system, right before their eyes.

Coproduction CDC Atelier de Paris–Carolyn Carlson, Théâtre de Vanves-Scène conventionnée pour la danse, The Chocolate Factory, Abrons Arts Center
With the support of FUSED (French US Exchange in Dance), DRAC Ile-de France, Centre National de la Danse, Jerome Foundation, Point Ephémère, and ImPulsTanz Festival.

Duration 45 minutes


Concept: Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard / With: Pierre Godard, Cynthia Koppe, Liz Santoro, and Stephen Thompson / Sound: Brendan Dougherty / Costume: Reid Bartelme / Light and Stage: Sarah Marcotte / Production: Fanny Lacour


  • Past
    Thu 25.8.2016, 21:00 / HAU3
    Fri 26.8.2016, 21:00 / HAU3
    Fri 26.8.2016, 21:45 / HAU3
    Sat 27.8.2016, 21:00 / HAU3


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