PERFORMANCE PROJECT | INSTALLATION | DANCE FILM
DEPTH OF SHADOW is a hybrid dance & installation performance in which the performance designs the space and the space is the “playground” for the performer, a psychological metaphor for her journey.
The work explores the themes of body memory, surrender and (re)birth, mother connection and the connection to our inner animal and power.
It’s a journey cycling through space and a dream like landscape, diving to the bottom of the ocean, traveling on towards the moon, through frozen winter and onwards to the golden light of summer.
“There is a silence where hath been no sound,
There is a silence where no sound may be,
In the cold grave—under the deep, deep sea,
Or in wide desert where no life is found,
Which hath been mute, and still must sleep profound”
[Silence – Thomas Hood]
“There are two paths that art can adopt to embrace life. One is broad, open, safe and easy; the other is steep, scales precipices, and harbors deadly dangers. The easy path is intelligence and it is also the path of the five senses, which only apprehend the contingent aspects of life in its dreary, stupid mundanity. The steep path the scales precipices is the path of the soul; it experiences life as a deep dream where alternative forms of connection and unfamiliar abysses inaccessible to our pathetic intelligence are hard to discern. These two paths are different because the intelligence of our brains is the everyday intelligence of drudgery and sweat, of mathematic and logic, whereas the soul is an infrequent feast day which cannot be embraced by consciousness and logic; it is the praise and resurrection of humanity. For intelligence, two times two equals four, but for the soul it could equal a million as it is not aware of divisions in either time or space. For the soul, only the essence of things exists, without objects and without space, outside time” – Konrad Mägi
music for the film by Ivan Shopov
produced in frame of residencies at MALAKTA Art Factory (Malax, Fi), TREenit!Ry (Tampere, Fi) & Studio ALTA (Prague)
AUDIENCE _ REACTIONS:
“Depth of Shadow is a technically and artistically successful and complete performance. The artist Andrea Hackl gives us a moment full of a silence that speaks, allows us to enter into her intimacy with this dancing silence. Intimacy that then becomes ours and we feel one with the performative moment. One also perceives improvisation, which makes the intention of the artist even stronger. This at times silent dialogue with the space is completed with the video projection that also captures the world of sensations.” – Valentina Gelain, artist of black box genesis collective. [www.blackboxgenesis.com]
“In this performance the whole space becomes a canvas upon which a brilliant game of shadow and light is unfolding.”
“This performance is very powerful and very visual – I loved to watch it.”
“I felt it strongly. I could feel human life. Real human life.”
“I loved the dialogue with the space.”
financially supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Helsinki & Prague