Lenio Kaklea was inspired to create this ‘duet with a pianist’ because music revolutionary John Cage composed pieces for the two African-American choreographers Syvilla Fort (1917–1975) and Pearl Primus (1919–1994) in the 1940s. Cage’s key work of avant-garde music, Sonatas and Interludes, was written between 1946 and 1948, a few years after he had created Bacchanale, his first work for prepared piano to a piece by Fort. This is the story Lenio Kaklea wants to call to mind today: ‘herstory’ instead of ‘history’! The Greek-born choreographer has created a delicately textured solo rich in detail. She herself dances – casually at times, angularly at others – in black motorcycle gear and in a red leotard, zooms in on herself via video, and includes the great pianist Orlando Bass as well as her own shadow in the performance. A playful, emotional, feminist, and embodied dance on a master piece of contemporary music.
Music: John Cage
Choreography and performance: Lenio Kaklea
Piano: Orlando Bass
Sound and technical direction: Éric Yvelin
Light design: Jan Maertens
Costume: Pierre Paulin
Fabrication: Laszlo Badet
Styling: Lenio Kaklea
Dramaturgy and research: Lou Forster
Choreographic assistant: Dimitris Mytilinaios
Co-production: Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, ADC/Association de la Danse-Genève, BUDA Kortrijk (BE) and NEXT Festival, La Place de la danse- CDCN Toulouse, CN D Pantin.
Creation residency at Tanzhaus Zürich, ICI- Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier Occitanie / Direction Christian Rizzo in the frame of Par/ICI. The project benefits support for residency at the studios of CN D Pantin/National Center for Dance.
With the support of DRAC Ile de France au titre de l’Aide au projet 2021.