A guy is watching a guy who is watching a guy

It was like trying to solve a Sudoku: you know that in the end everything will fit, but what’s the right connection between all those parts? That’s how watching Vincent Dunoyer ‘s Encore felt to me. An intriguing performance for which the dancer/choreographer ‘reorganised’ dance material provided by Steve Paxton, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and a few others. Once again: an interesting evening during Kaaitheater’s Re:Move festival, which focuses on the transient nature of dance.

Five dancers entering the stage, walking towards the audience. They hold hands. It looks as if this is the end of the performance, but it is only the beginning. A guy watching a guy (on a video screen) watching a guy (on a tv screen). Another guy performing a duet holding  just a t-shirt in his outstretched hands. I know a few people who would leave the theater screaming, if they’d have to watch this.

I’m rather fond of this clever kind of questioning conventions and key issues such as: how do you transmit dance, from one choreographer to the next, and, who ‘owns’ a movement: the choreographer or the dancer? Hence the title of this performance: Encore, which, in French, also sounds like ‘en corps’, in the body. How are movements handed on? How do they change, depending on body, story, context and time.

For Encore Dunoyer uses choreographies made for him in the past by Steve Paxton, AT De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus, Raimund Hoghe, The Wooster Group and Etienne Guilloteau. But this time around five dancers take over Dunoyer’s role as a dancer, and Dunoyer takes on the role of choreographer. He ‘reorganises’ the material, looking for new, poetic associations.

So yes, while watching this ‘re-enactment’-collage, you are trying to figure it all out: whose choreography might this be? And is this part already belonging to someone else’s choreography? What is new and what is old? As you’ll probably have understood by now, this performance speaks to the mind more than it speaks to the heart. But nevertheless it never ceased to fascinate me. Cause even if you might find this too cerebral to your liking, you have always those great, be it rather minimalistic choreographies to look at.


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