An Exclamation of Surprise or Incredulity was the winning choreography of the 2010 ITs Festival Makers Present Choreography Award. The duet made for the students of the Moderne Theater Dans school was created to look at (inter-) dependency within relationships and the despair this can arouse.
This work is in inquiry into appropriation of popular culture as a means to initiate a dialogue with the public of performance. How to bring people into an experimental practice? Aside to this the work was the second in this period of work also dealing with epic, visceral and pop-culture.
In the fast-paced cinematic roller-coaster ride of An Exclamation, the performers switch from one intense scene to the next in the blink of an eye. In quoting films such as Hemmingway’s A Farewell to Arms and Disney’s Aladdin, William Collins explores his fascinations for the despair and futility he experiences in communication.
Collins’ use of Hemmingway’s text is a journey for the two performers to unite in their shared fear of death and being alone. The audience sees how these two performers rely upon and move (away) from each other. They move through a space in physically intense experiences, shifting suddenly from one event to the next, driving on at high speeds. A forced hysteria reminiscent of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman brings the Hemmingway text to its absurd conclusion while ratcheting the tension between the two ever higher.
Performed by Airen Koopmans and Christoffer Schieche/Marco D’Agostin
Photography – Nellie de Boer
[Appropriation De-contextualisation Dependency Despair Epic Visceral]