This new offering from choreographer Alexandra Waierstall started with the experience of the extraordinary post pandemic time and developed into a deepening of several artistic enquiries.
“IN THE HEART OF THE HEART OF THE MOMENT” is an ambitious group work which also revisits material from a previous interaction between dancers and the “Arena”, the monumental sculpture created by the acclaimed American artist Rita McBride in 1997. This time, it becomes a dance piece embodied by a changing number of dancers.
As a choreographer, Alexandra Waierstall has finely tuned a poetic way to engage us with seemingly contradictory emotions, through exquisite collaborations and the layering of thought-provoking references. Here she also refers to the exiled Lebanese-American, feminist poet and visual artist Etel Adnan, author of “In the Heart of the Heart of another Country” (2004), herself revisiting writer William Gass (1968) in a spiral of references about place and history.
This rich genesis of knowledge creates a transformation process calling to our hearts, real and symbolic.
Indeed, Waierstall here approaches choreography as a navigation system for feeling and renewal. Every movement reflecting how our bodies are adjusting to the rapidly changing social structures. In this work, this is delivered through the stunning dynamic range of finely attuned dancers against an affecting musical score by Stavros Gasparatos.