Wild Card: Constellations
by Stefan Jovanović
'Constellations explores the relationship between power and gender through an eclectic series of vignettes, featuring historically marginal archetypes of witches, fools and prophets. Summoning stereotypes from Western culture, Constellations includes a dance piece called Radical Togetherness, which investigates the generating of new forms of audience-performer relationship, situated at the threshold of a travelling circus, ballroom and phantasmagorical pop club. Gender fluidity and social dancing are invoked to examine new ways of understanding social politics – specifically how to be together in a common physical and emotional space.
Performers directly engage the audience to reconsider the idea of who in society holds marginal and dominant roles, and why. Constellations challenges conventional dance-forms and their gendered stereotypes in an inviting and thoughtful manner, through a rich palette of movement, song, drag and symbolism.'
6-8 June 2019 at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells, London.
2020 dates to be announced..
Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells, London
I created a set of 5 steel sculptures to challenge and galvanise the relationships explored in Radical Togetherness. The pieces represent a new form of 'dancing sculpture', and are a continuation of my work that demands to be played with, or creatively mis-used.
The 5 individual pieces were conceived as a playground for the gods in the sense that each introduced a simple and unique motoric opportunity to the stage space and performers. Whilst the scale was relative to the speed and size of the body(s) in motion, there is, enjoyably, no obvious human negative space within the pieces.
I was delightfully surprised during rehearsals to see how they tangled and inverted and became scary and became comfortable.
The five pieces: a large wheel, a ladder on wheels, a wheeling wardrobe, an overlarge spinning top and a giant sceptre.
At the finale each night the set came together, stacked up into a large sculptural collage different each time.
Performers: Roni Katz, Katye Coe, Charlie Cattrall, Pau Aran Gimeno & Sara Ruddock
Composer & Performer: Domenico Angarano
Singer-songwriter: Bliss Carmxn
Artistic Facilitator: Frank Bock
Masks by Damselfrau
Costumes by Curtis Oland
Make-up by Hamilton Stansfield
Lighting by Brigitte
Set by Jack Hardy