Ola Maciejewska

Dance Concert

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Ola Maciejewska

Dance Concert

Company So we might as well dance

DANCE CONCERT is a performance in which dance and music come together, an event in which dancing bodies control the musical performance. It is a music concert performed by dancing bodies.

The main reference for this piece is attributed to Léon Theremin (1896-1993) who invented the terpsitone, an instrument whose history is closely linked to dance. It takes its name from the dance muse Terpsichore, and functions by means of the dancer’s movements, using the same principles as the theremin. Léon Theremin built the instrument for his wife Lavinia Williams, an African-American dancer with the American Negro Ballet run at that time by Eugene Von Grona. The terpsitone or the theremin were actually among the first movement detection systems developed by Léon Theremin for the Russian Ministry of Defence and the KGB when he worked in Russia. Metaphorically this instrument was inspired by two very different worlds: the avant-garde arts scene and the Russian secret service. For my part I want to be involved in metaphors linked to the human element and the environment through a dance concert. What visual metaphors can be evoked when the body enters a sound field? While BOMBYX MORI wanted to break the anthropocentrism associated with the notion of movement in dance, this new piece poses the question of metaphors linked to the human element and the environment entered into by a dance concert