Sheena McGrandles: Figured (2018), performance
In the duet Figured, with which she was selected for the German Dance Platform programme in 2020, choreographer and dancer Sheena McGrandles creates a choreographic-cinematic study with dancer Annegret Schalke, in which a detailed movement micro-sequence takes place in front of a generic wooden wall; she subjects it to a series of compositional reconfigurations, where the audience is forced to start its reception process all over again with everything we have already deposited into their dance with our gaze. All over again, just as the dancers do with their movement permutations. The very carefully chosen, but rather quotidian movement materials, which are choreographically permuted or even stacked in an illogical way in Figured, through the appropriation of film procedures, allow for a complex reception process, in which the relationship between the text and its context, between the different narratives that the audience invests in or the merely variable possibilities of a single short movement sequence, is altered by the variation of sequences in an extremely subtle and interesting way (if we may borrow semiotic categories for this description). The duet Figured impresses with a complex compositional task that goes beyond the dance constructions themselves, as the potentiality of possible audience perceptions and readings is always already involved in the exploration of movement and its editing possibilities. This will be the first time the choreographer will be presenting her solo work in Ljubljana, but she is not an unknown name here. In 2018, she participated in Ana Vujanović and Marta Popivoda’s performance National Reconciliation: Freedom Landscapes at the Mladinsko Theatre.
Concept and Directed by: Sheena McGrandles
Performers: Sheena McGrandles, Annegret Schalke
Sound: Stellan Veloce
Lighting Design: Annegret Schalke
Set Design: Sheena McGrandles
Light: Elliott Cennetoglu
Outside Eye: Zinzi Buchanan, Thomas Schaupp Tour Management: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
Supported by: Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa (Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe), Agora MOVE Berlin
Organisation: Kino Šiška and NDA Slovenija, in collaboration with Ljubljana Puppet Theatre
Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
PHOTO: Urška Boljkovac / archive Kino Šiška