NewYork-based dance company Troika Ranch under the direction of their co-founder Mark Coniglio brings their latest piece to Berlin: Six dancers battle to escape an eerie prison of digital repetition in “loopdiver“.

“loopdiver is thematically complex, a conflicted piece that replicates the jerky, eerie, instant repetitions of computer imagery via live dancers, who also rebel and fight it some of the time. It’s both intriguing and numbing to watch, as innovative and off-putting as early responses to musical minimalism seemed in their day. This is not about pretty, reassuring design.” – The Chicago Tribune

loopdiver began with a simple idea: to explore looping as the core structure of a dance performance. Using a software composition and looping tool created by Coniglio, the duo transformed a video tape of a fully realized five-minute long performance into a forty-five minute video “score” with nearly 3000 edits. Then, they turned the computer screen around, and gave their six dancers an impossible task: to memorize and perform exactly what they saw before them. On stage in loopdiver, the digital materials from the original video (the music, video imagery, and theatrical lighting) maintain the precision and perfection of a computer. In contrast, the movement of the dancers is never quite perfect because they are human. When placed together on stage, we see the performers in a constant struggle to live up to an unforgiving, externally imposed machine rhythm.

Date: October 18-20, 2012 – 20h/8PM
Location: Uferstudios, Uferstr. 8/23 (Tor 2), 13357 Berlin, see see map
Transport: U8 Pankstrasse, U9 Nauener Platz, S-Bahn Gesundbrunnen
Tickets: Reservix – search for ‘loopdiver’