Beneath a Falling Sky
Melancholy. Meaningful gazes. Slowly developing situations. Influenced by the work of the well-known Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki, Mandelin choreographs sceneries where tender and caring relations between people seem timeless and substantial. As a counterpoint unrestrained bursts, which might on the first sight seem violent, reveal as a playful game filled with physical details between the dancers who share an ultimate atmosphere of trust and support. The space works a platform for dance and physical dialogue. There are no unisons - only soloists who share gestures and moments in contact with each other. These situations, physical dialogues, are being observed by others on and off the stage.
Sound of the Trap
For this creation, Cecilia worked on a Babylon library of dance and emotions. This library is composed of a diverse repertory complete with ancestral, historical and current dances. The center of Cecilia’s practice focuses on the study of different body constructions and dance cultures. She creates a cadaver exquis; full of imagery, historical references, contemporary and folk dances that intertwine with recorded music and live sound. Sound of the Trap created in Salzburg, nourishes the spiritual body through Jamaican dancehall, Argentinian Cumbia, Bolivian dance of the wind, Hungarian and Tirolian folk dance, and a choreography created in response to the industrial revolution between the two world wars. Sound of the Trap also incorporates music such as Mozart Symphonies, a contemporary recreation of the Sound of Music musical, Afro Trap and Cumbia. Before studying at SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in 2002/2003, Cecilia performed several theatre scenes and monologues written by Thomas Bernhard in Buenos Aires. Today she reflects in this work on the apocalyptic discourse of the characters and rewritings of the text based on Thomas Bernhard’s autobiographic series The origin, The gel, The cave, The child and In the heights.
In this world, we are constantly living with good and bad, with what it is right and what it is wrong, with beauty and ugliness… One always exists because of the other, we cannot imagine one of them existing by itself, and both of them are necessary for the other to exist.
This piece is about these two worlds coexisting together. Good and evil, ugliness and beauty, part of the intricate embroidery of life itself.
L’incoronazione di Poppea
On the occasion of Salzburg Festival’s opera production "L'incoronazione di Poppea" in summer 2018, choreographer and director Jan Lauwers is working with dancers of his prestigious Needcompany as well as with dancers of BODHI PROJECT and SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. The premiere took place on August 12th, 2018 in Haus für Mozart.