For over 18 years, and with the latter two people almost 28, JoaXhim Manger, Yumiko Yoshioka and Zam Johnson have been the masterminds behind theatric performances that innovatively combine multi-media: sculpture, art, music and dance.
Continuing to transfix and astound audiences for decades, the final night of “Chaos zur Zukunft” (Chaos For Future, in English) was no different. Some theater goers were return visitors to Dock 11, having seen this show within days, but wished to experience and perhaps form new impressions of this “Konton”, for Sunday, 29 September was the last year of this year.
Konto “researches the so-called negative attributes of chaos and translates them into performance. But it also shines a light on the creative gap and the open space that comes along with it, which are both vital elements for generating and creating future.” To read more, please visit their website Ten Pen CHii.
Most dance performances are a mixture of elements, especially with contemporary dance, progressive, modern, and similar techniques. And these days, having apparatus, objects or other forms included into performances is also popular, and almost expected in some ways, yet “Chaos zur Zukunft” simply and powerfully transcended structure assisted dance because of the strengths and abilities of its creators, which was wonderfully showcased by the athleticism, intelligence and enthusiasm of the dancers.
When I go to any performance, any film, any events, anything at all, in addition to what is presented by whatever group, artist, band, etc.: I also watch the people watching the show. This night, all eyes were on the stage. People barely and rarely even moved. They barely seemed to be breathing, yet if they were, they were breathing in time to the music composed by Zam Johnson. Sometimes light, subtle, and suggestively stimulating curiosity, at other times the interweaving sounds and tracks were reminiscent of the best of blockbuster sci-fi films within the last decades, which were certainly representative of what the future might be, exactly matching the theme.
Decisive, energetic, and in many ways brilliant, as well as being the master metalworker and creator of, what I call, “The Big C”, the structure which the dancers danced upon and moved within, JoaXhim Manger was the visionary brain behind behind the performance in my interpretation. Yumiko being the spirit or soul, the necessary movement, with Zam being the heart.
All of these things are what makes Ten Pen CHii extraordinary, as it is the personal charisma, devoid of limiting ego and pretense, that each of the founding members displays that draws like souls, technicians, supporters and others that keep the energy positive and progressive. This, in turn, flows out through the performance and into the audience.
“Chaos zur Zukunft” was stunning and eye-opening for me, as I’ve previously not been a great fan of contemporary dance, and probably will never be, as some is too abstract and unrefined in my opinion. Too unfocused. This suggests to me the creators were trying to do too much, were too egotistical in expressing some vision that lacked humanity. Ten Pen CHii did not so do. They were throughly grounded and believable in one way, but satisfyingly ephemeral in another, combining light and shadow, static movement and frenetic, sound and silence all with great emotion, ingenuity and intelligence in giving up a view of a possible future. Unforgettable.
Ten Pen CHii Art Labour’s home base of Schloss Bröllin is an international art research facility. For those interested in having their group perform, or have other inquiries or comments, Ten Pen CHii can be contacted through their website www.ten-pen-chii.de.
Members of the team warming up & remembering before the performance,
then sharing a time of focusing energy.
Photos during the performance.
Closing by the dancers & relaxation and fun with Zam Johnson and Tom Adam.
About the Production:
Regie, Konzept, Installation, Licht: JoaXhim Manger (D)
Choreographie, Tanz: Yumiko Yoshioka (J) & Team
Komposition, Musik: Zam Johnson (US)
Performance: Dara Siligato (IT), David Voigt (D), Dust Gio (KR), Johannes Stubenvoll (AT), Kanako Minami (J), Martin Klukas (D), Matilde Javier Ciria (ES), Slava Inozemcev ( BY ), (Spiros Paterakis (GR)
Lichttechnik: Stephan Lemanski (D)
Videokunst-Dokumentation: Mario Morleo (D/I), Yoann Trellu (F)
Graphikdesign: Ollie Peters Filmgraphik (D)
Foto: Klaus Rabien (D)
Assistenz: Alicja Biala (PL), Dust Gio (KR), Anita Konarska (PL), Jens Zimmermann (D), Lucero Aragon (MX), Peter Porwitzki, (D), Rafa Marquez (ES), Spiros Paterakis (GR), Sonia Borkowicz (PL), Tom Adam (NL)
Übersetzung: Daniel Corlett (D/GB)
TEN PEN CHii ARTLABOR gefördert vom Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur Mecklenburg– Vorpommern, Landkreis Vorpommern-Greifswald, Land Steiermark, graz/kult&gvv. + steierischekulturinitiative, und unterstützt vom schloss bröllin e.V und DOCK 11
Kontakt: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ten-pen-chii.de