Magdalena Reiter & Mateja Rebolj: Preludes and Fugues (2022)
In 2003, Magdalena Reiter and Mateja Rebolj created the excellent intergenerational dance confrontation Forma Interrogativa. Twenty years later, their second collaboration in Preludes and Fugues is a moving inventory of their artistic oeuvres, their dance life and their times.
Bach and dance have never been natural allies. His music makes the dancer bare without taking off their clothes. It is a risky business and this is something that dancers and choreographers are well aware of. Nonetheless, the world of dance knows of some remarkable examples of creative collaboration between his music and choreographic work. Seven selected preludes and fugues from the collection The Well-Tuned Piano, performed by Magdalena Reiter and Mateja Rebolj, enter into a dialogue with the time that has settled into their bodies. If there were such a thing as a choreographic or dance text, we could say that the dancers in Preludes and Fugues can hardly be seen as a text, but rather as a contextuality (context), which they carry with them through their dance and choreographic biographies, embodied in their dance presences, and which is magnified by the very foundational literature of European classical music. But at the same time, in this duet, there is nothing in front of us except the dance of the creators, no narrative or theatrical elements. No confessions, just a very precisely structured – dance. »Every body, and especially the woman’s body, is a space where personal experiences, culture, society, collective and private memory collide and intertwine. The juxtaposition of two dancers in two different age periods thematically addresses the question of the body marked by time. Life’s motifs evolve and build on each other through the passage of time and each singularity, but in the end all the bodies play out the same topics.«
In this tactile dance duet, the hand has a series of special functions, with which the dancers touch their common and own times, their past bodies. Their dancing bodies are driven by a kind of tactile metric of remembering, their movement is subtly populated by past dance tasks, in which palimpsest layers of Forma Interrogativa (2003) and their different dance roles appear. They inhabit their actual bodies, which listen to these traces to Bach’s compositions, but also in silence. These layers are only faintly visible, as is typical of reminiscence. The air is thick with attentive movement, inviting into its habitation something that is so present that it is always elsewhere.
Choreographer, dancer and theatre choreographer Magdalena Reiter has signed her name to an extensive corpus of original dance works. She began her dance career in her native Gdansk and continued it in Brussels and Ljubljana. Mateja Rebolj, Prešeren Lifetime Achievement Award winner, is an iconic dancer of contemporary and classical dance art and theatre retrogarde in contemporary Slovenia.
Choreographed and performed by: Mateja Rebolj, Magdalena Reiter
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Dramaturgy: Pia Brezavšček
Music analysis: Sašo Vollmaier
Lighting design: Mojca Sarjaš
Production: Mirabelka Institute
Partners: Bunker Institute, Maska Institute
The creation of work was supported by: Municipality of Ljubljana – Department of Culture
Organised by: Kino Šiška and NDA Slovenia in collaboration with Bunker
Wednesday, 30th of November 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Old Power Station
Duration: 40 min
Entry: 7/9 EUR