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Nothing There is based on the coexistence of sophisticated interactive technologies and living bodies on stage. The real-time video technology employed by this piece reacts to the position in space of a body in motion, as well as its shape, direction, and dynamics of movement, transforming the gestures of the six dancers into the projection of their anxieties and fantasies, and their web of relations into a mobile abstract painting. The projected images and figures are equal partners to the dancers on stage, with whom they enter into a personal relationship.
The co production partners of the piece are Trafó House of Contemporary Arts Budapest and the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which developed the special technique employed by the piece.
The original music score of Nothing There was written by Hungarian cellist and composer Albert Márkos, and is performed by renowned musicians and singers of the Hungarian experimental jazz scene.
The piece was performed to great acclaim as part of The Turning World international season at The Place (London), the National Theater in Prague, at Schauspiel Köln, Tanzlabor Bielefeld and at the Aura Dance Festival in Kaunas (Latvia). In 2010, it was awarded the Most Original Exploration of One Segment of Theatrical Language at the INFANT festival in Novi Sad.
“Performed to thudding jazz, the piece plays out a waking dream shot through with bizarre terrors. Half-glimpsed tableaux reminiscent of David Lynch’s film Eraserhead morph into surreal ballroom sequences in swimsuits and spats that pay homage to Pina Bausch. Vignettes of pain, fear and sadness swim dreamily against a lighting track of eye-popping strangeness. Extraordinary.” (Luke Jennings, The Guardian)