From the moment Sonja Pregrad and Willy Prager hit the stage at the Lofft last night they had me. While the piece followed the rules of modern choreography and used all the cliches we’d expect, somehow it was full of surprises. It was an inciteful and humorous look at what is happening in dance/art/performance, right down to the real behind the scenes issue of its commodification. Of course no one can really predict the future, so rather than turning everything sci-fi, they approached it by interviewing a 60 year old choreographer and a 30 year old choreographer and then compared the two. They then projected how performance/dance could change, as well as what could happen to them and their relationship in 30 years. They saw the trend as being “less is more”, so Sequel for the future/ a dance in 2043/ a dance in 2044 was stripped bare, leaving just what was necessary. The use of silence, voice, facial expression, lighting, props, hand written text (something that is already disappearing and could very well become a future art form in and of itself) and music gave for a minimal, but well rounded performance. I was particularly impressed with the lack of pair work, thus removing gender and balancing power and at the same time exposing our continued trend toward virtual rather than human interaction. Well done guys! It will be interesting to see how many of your predictions were accurate.
Sonja is giving a talk this Monday at the Lofft at 6.30. Her background is varied including contemporary dance, animation, media art, mentoring and writing. This will definately be worth coming to! And it’s free.