Pas de deux pas de

Choreographic duet for spotlights, 2016
Samuel Bianchini

Based on a free interpretation of a choreographic score of Act III of Swan Lake by Ivanov, Petipa and Sergeyev

Research and programming for light interpretation: Alexandre Saunier
Choreographic notation (original Laban score analysis and adaptation): Amandine Bajou

A project created for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016
Production: City of Toronto
Curator: Louise Déry

Acknowledgments: Asad Raza, Dan Surman, Jonathan Tanant

This projected is powered by Mobilizing.js, a programming environment for artists and designers developed by EnsadLab (The Laboratory of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, PSL Research University, Paris).

 


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Pas de deux pas de, Samuel Bianchini, 2016
Nuit Blanche, Toronto, October 2016
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Pas de deux pas de is a choreographic duet for two spotlights. Two devices, just like those used in live performance to follow and underline a performer’s interpretation on stage, project beams of white light. They are visible on the scale of the city, in the sky and in the surrounding areas, and – above all – they light each other. The machines show themselves, avoid each other, seek each other out, synchronize with each other – or not. This time, they are the ones on stage. The spotlights intended to highlight performers have taken their place. These human-size spotlights attempt to perform, under the stars, a conclusionless love duet, an endless pas de deux, all through the night, on the banks on Lake Ontario.

“Adagio”, “variations”, “coda” – how can these machines perform dance figures? How can they embody human movements, and even feelings? While they are no longer bachelor machines, can they move together as a couple? How can one of the first and most famous “pas de deux”, from Swan Lake, be interpreted from a choreographic score translated for such machines? And how can they, as they carry out their steps in a public space, take into account their environment, which might disturb, intimidate, or even divert their attention – like the very real human dancers nearby, performing a choreographic work by Paul-André Fortier?




 


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Pas de deux pas de, Samuel Bianchini, 2016
Nuit Blanche, Toronto, October 2016
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