Choreography Lights & Costumes: Emanuel Gat
Music: The Beatles, R. Al-Sunbati, G. Mahler
Created and performed by: Roy Assaf and Emanuel Gat
Rehearsals Director: Noémie Perlov
Length: 52 minutes
Production: Emanuel Gat Dance
Co-production: Festival Montpellier Danse 2009, American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, deSingel
With the help of: Scènes et Cinés Ouest Provence
World Premier: June 22nd 2009 American Dance Festival
European Premier: June 30th Opera Berlioz, Le Corum Montpellier
Winter Voyage, the first piece to be presented after the establishment of Emanuel Gat dance, was created early 2004 and danced by Roy Assaf and Emanuel Gat to three lieders from Schubert masterful cycle. Since its creation, the two have danced this duet more then 250 times all over the world to great acclaim.
In many ways, the 17 minutes of Winter Voyage, hold the core ideas regarding the choreographic process later developed by Emanuel Gat in pieces such as: The Rite of Spring, K626, Through the Center and Silent Ballet.
Winter Variations, explores the options lying beyond the proposition made in Winter Voyage, and uses them as the starting point for a few distinctive variations. The work is based on a unique artistic collaboration, between two dancers and performers who share a common understanding regarding the action of dance, and a rare physical telepathy.
After several group pieces, the desire to ones again explore the duet form, derives from a need to re-determine the basic means of creation. The loss of countless compositional tools used when choreographing for a group, results in going back to basics. The focus on the dance material itself, along side the need for a definition of an extremely clear context, becomes crucial.
A mechanism of extreme zoom-in, is applied on certain kea points in Winter Voyage in order to explore the landscapes lying behind specific choreographic fragments. Moments of charged stillness are examined carefully in search of the movement potential they inhabit. A few seconds of dance in Winter Voyage, develop in Winter Variations into full chapters of complex choreography and elaborated sequences of human drama.
Although Winter Variations is a duet of extreme intimacy, it was created with the intention of being presented in large spaces. The idea is to intensify the visibility of actions, relations, intentions and compositions created by the two dancers on a vast and empty stage. The space is extremely present, almost to the point it becomes a third actor with dense qualities and a dynamic character.
The musical form of the song is at the heart of a soundtrack in close and surprising dialog with the dance, determining the sound sets in which the dance unfolds. It includes a lieder from G Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde, A song by Riad al Sunbati (Awedt Eini ala Rouyak) who was originally composed for Oum Kalthoum, sung here in an intimate version by the composer accompanying himself on oud, and a remix of the Beatles “Day in a life”.