SHOWTIME: a non performance

A dance performance / a series of choreographies that address the issues of body representation in the era of capitalistic overproduction. “You have to create problems to create profit” – as it says in one of the pieces, alluding to the idea that a body has to be placed in a turbulent dramatic experience to be able to push the production-consumption machine.

Alina’s longtime research in jazz dances enables her to put the “jazz body” in a radical reconceptualization of the cheerful “showtime” language she is twisting, empowered by the music by Duke Ellington, Ambrose Akinmusire and John Hollenbeck.

Researching the movement for SHOWTIME, Alina leaned on the idea of the dynamics Shadow – Persona archetypes, described by Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) in his theory of analytic psychology. Jung defined the Shadow as ‘that hidden, repressed, for the most part inferior and guilt-laden personality whose ultimate ramifications reach back into the realm of our animal ancestors and so comprise the whole historical aspect of the unconscious’.

Establishing the parallels between the backstage – Shadow and stage – Persona, the piece invites to a journey through a disturbing “showtime” cheer into the depth of subconscious.

The more we approach our shadow, the smaller it becomes, until its complete disappearance in a physical merging.

CHOREOGRAPHY & INTERPRETATION
Alina Sokulska
 
MUSIC

Ambrose Akinmusire “the lingering velocity of the dead’s ambitions” from the album “Origami Harvest”
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MIVOS Quartet
Marcus Gilmore
Blue Note Records
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John Edward Hollenbeck & The Claudia Quintet “What is the Beautiful?”
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Ted Reichman
Chris Speed
Matt Moran

Drew Gress

Cuninform Records
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Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Charles Mingus “Money Jungle”

 
POETRY
Kenneth Patchen read by Kurt Elling (in the album by John Hollenbeck & the Claudia Quintet “Showtime”
 
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Festival HOP, Auditori Sant Martí, INAEM Danza a Escena
CAMERA & EDIT
Lorena Arroyo, Artur Makarov
 
VISUAL DESIGN
Daria Koshkina
 
COSTUME DESIGN
Kimôh – Anne-Cécile Espinach
 
PHOTOGRAPHY
Yana Kolesnikowa, Alex Johnstone
 
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Am I Jazz? Festival by Closer.Jazz
 
PARTICIPATION
Venice Art Fair (Venice, Italy, May 2019)
Culture Folk online streaming (April, 2020, online, USA)
HOP festival, Barcelona, Spain, November 6, 2021
Los Angeles Dance Festival, LA, California, USA, Dec 3-5, 2021
PERPETRACIONS, a festival of performance at Auditori Sant Marti, June 5, 2022
Dance Days Chania, festival of contemporary dance, Chania, Greece, July 30, 2022
Sebastian Weber Dance Company | the FLOOR Sundays, Leipzig, Germany, October 2, 2022
Included to the project DANZA A ESCENA 2023 & included in the catalogue of the selected pieces by red Nacional de los Teatros de España

the scores