The performance draws on the music of Europe in the 15th century. “Basse Danse” was the most wide-spread dance in the courts of nobility, “low to the ground”, slow, quiet, in dainty steps. The framework of the piece is defined partly by idiosyncrasies of style typical of that age and partly by the structure of the movements used. Choreographically, the directing principle was a calculated unpredictability, or strictly structured improvisation. Ecstatic solos create a common ground, simultaneous movements begin to synchronize with one another. The scattered elements of movement create new forms. The consciousness gained from physicality and the consequent effect that this has on movement makes the choreography infinite. John Ashford very aptly described the principle of choreography as “concentrated distraction”, for the wakeful presence of the dancers is essential in their ushering each other in the most exciting and interesting directions.
Basse danse won the Rudolf Lábán Award in 2012 and with this performance Hodworks was chosen as one of the Priority Companies of Aerowaves in 2012.
Performers: Emese Cuhorka, Júlia Garai, Csaba Molnár, Marco Torrice
Live music, voice: Zoltán Mizsei
Dramaturgy: Ildikó Végh
Set Design: Rózsa Sebő
Costume Design: ARTISTA
Lighting: Bas Barensen
Choreography: Adrienn Hód
Co-produced by: The Grand Theatre, Groningen
Supported by: Ministry of Human Resources (H), National Cultural Fund (H), Tempus Foundation (H), Budapest City Council, New Performing Arts Foundation (H), Gödör Klub, L1 Dance, Workshop Foundation (H), OFF Foundation (H),Tanzfabrik- Berlin, Radialsystem- Berlin