Davi Pontes + Wallace Ferreira, Repertório N.2, photo by yako.one
Sara Lanner, MINING MINDS, photo by Christine Miess
Ana Pi, The Divine Cypher, photo by Daniel Nicoalevsky Maria
Susanne Songi Griem/Pete Prison IV/Agnes Bakucz Canário, Library of Unfinished Memories // Fisch und Schwan in Negligé, photo by Elsa Okazaki
Tiran Willemse. blackmilk (melancholia), photo by Mayra Wallraff
Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm, Figuring Age, photo by Andreas Bolm
Maud Blandel feat. Maya Masse & Ensemble Contrechamps, Diverti Menti, photo by Margaux Vendassi
Mikko Niemistö, Odd Meters, photo by Katri Naukkarinen
Djibril Sall, evening.haiku, photo by yako.one
Davi Pontes + Wallace Ferreira, Repertório N.2, photo by yako.one

One Sentence Review: [8:tension] at ImPulsTanz

August 9, 2022
Text by Claire Lefèvre

Since 2001, [8:tension] as part of ImPulsTanz has become a summer staple, exposing the work of emerging choreographers to enthusiastic crowds and setting the tone for what’s currently exciting or urgent in the world of dance and performance. Choreographer and writer Claire Lefèvre boils the wide range of artistic propositions down to cheeky single sentences and adds a playful percentage evaluation system. 

 50% thrilled 50% sweaty 0% objective

Davi Pontes + Wallace Ferreira, Repertório N.2, photo by yako.one

Davi Pontes and Wallace Ferreira »Repertório N.2«

25% Just do it 50% I have your back and you have mine 25% hold.that.pose.for.me.   

The dancers are stripped down to black sneakers and Nike socks, the dance is reduced to robust stomps and dainty poses, yet the performance is packed with audacious power, visceral wit and the kind of defiant energy that leaves you begging for more.

Sara Lanner, MINING MINDS, photo by Christine Miess

Sara Lanner »Mining Minds«

20 % diamond in the rough 40% activated charcoal 40% gasping for air

Two performers take a deep dive into an iridescent landscape: while they excavate movements from their metallic scenery, they often disappear into obscure chambers, but also resurface with some rare yet precious gems.

Ana Pi, The Divine Cypher, photo by Daniel Nicoalevsky Maria

Ana Pi »The Divine Cypher«

10% sparkles 30% earthquake bass 60% Time travelling

Invoking sacred Haitian dances, Ana Pi transforms a sugar-coated stage into a delicate multimedia altar to which she offers immaculate isolations, featherlight footwork, and ancestor-powered poetry.

Susanne Songi Griem/Pete Prison IV/Agnes Bakucz Canário, Library of Unfinished Memories // Fisch und Schwan in Negligé, photo by Elsa Okazaki

Susanne Songi Griem with Pete Prison IV and Agnes Bakucz Canário »Library of Unfinished Memories // Fisch und Schwan in Negligé«

10% trash 40% treasure 50% walk down memory lane

Delectable dances and subtle songs emerge from a forever fleeting archive, hinting at the poetic potential of broken umbrellas and solitary car doors.

Tiran Willemse. blackmilk (melancholia), photo by Mayra Wallraff

Tiran Willemse »blackmilk (melancholia)«

20% shadow theatre 30% magic show 50% epic game of hide and seek

At times vanishing in a sea of smoke or manipulating stares with glaring lights, the soloist expertly diverts the audience´s scrutinizing gaze towards a focused, gleaming, and kaleidoscopic embodiment of black masculinity.

Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm, Figuring Age, photo by Andreas Bolm

Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm »Figuring Age«

40% Geisterstunde 40% visiting hours 20% graveyard shift

Despite Börcsök´s meticulous-verging-on-clinical archiving process, a sterile set up and eerie audience interaction strip the performance part of FIGURING AGE from the tender intimacy of the movie it is juxtaposed with.

Maud Blandel feat. Maya Masse & Ensemble Contrechamps, Diverti Menti, photo by Margaux Vendassi

Maud Blandel feat. Maya Masse & Ensemble Contrechamps »Diverti Menti«

50% composition nerds 25% Rosas superfans 25% human metronomes

Virtuosic but not pretentious, formal but not stiff, attuned but not co-dependent: DIVERTI MENTI avoids many usual traps of the head-to-toe-black-costumes-minimalist-contemporary-dance-to-classic-music genre.

Mikko Niemistö, Odd Meters, photo by Katri Naukkarinen

Mikko Niemistö »Odd Meters«

20% hypnotherapy enthusiast 30% disjointed cheerleader 50% sleep paralysis demon

Under a neon milky way, a frantic sleepwalker blurts out insomniac fantasies and polyphonic lullabies while channelling all creatures of the night, from jaw grinding clubbers to nightmarish cops, in a nonsensical and rhapsodic rave.

Djibril Sall, evening.haiku, photo by yako.one

Djibril Sall »evening.haiku«

40 % pleasure activism 35% radical softness 25% somatic_based_content_only

Movement alchemists Djibril Sall and Sointu Pere distil repetitive sequences into soothing loops: incorporating joyful house beats or velvet smooth floorwork, they extract ecstasy from exhaustion, and infuse the mix with compassionate care.

Davi Pontes + Wallace Ferreira, Repertório N.2, photo by yako.one

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