St. Petersburg hosts the Open Look International Festival of Contemporary Dance. On the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, performances are shown in which the dance is combined with the latest technologies. The show was opened with the show “Matkatria” – a multimedia dance installation from Japan.
A specially equipped auditorium symbolizes either a living organism, or the global web. The participants in the action do not just see and hear the dance, but they feel the pulse of what is happening on the stage. Fabian Bleisch, production technical director: “She brings this device to her heart. It looks like a stethoscope, but there is a microphone inside. From it we can determine the heart rate. Vibration is transmitted to these hearts, so every beat is felt. ”
A variety of directions and genres. It seems that the language of modern dance says everything and more. But the performers still seek and find new forms. Multimedia complement and reveal the plastic, as if helping to shorten the path to the heart of the viewer. Vadim Kasparov, director of the Open Look International Festival of Contemporary Dance: “If, say, 20 years ago, when we created the festival, the Internet worked through a modem, now the Internet is on the streets of the city. And, of course, choreographers are now trying to find some inspiration in these technologies, to find an option on how to use them in order to find their audience. ”
Japanese Yui Kawaguchi speaks different languages of dance with her audience. Classical ballet, jazz and hip hop. Technological experiments are just one of the facets of creativity. But their dancer translates into the traditional plane. “In my country, the tea ceremony is a very important process. This is an opportunity to escape from stress, return to your nature, feel your roots. In the same way, my dance should help the audience to be alone with their own essence, ”she says.
However, with the tea ceremony, what is happening on the stage is associated only with the shape of hearts resembling dishes. The image is too metaphorical. But that is the task of modern dance art – to forget about scripts and stereotypes and find your own, albeit virtual reality.