Untitled x ALIAS x Murcof
An installation by Romain Tardy
Music composed by Murcof
Production: ALIAS dance company
Théâtre forum de Meyrin, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2014.
For the 20th anniversary of ALIAS dance company, I was given complete artistic freedom by founder and choreographer Guilherme Botelho to create a special piece. ALIAS has a rich history, spanning over two decades with more than 20 spectacles from the early 90s to their latest creation, "Antes," in 2014. With over 600 performances across the globe, ALIAS has continuously explored hidden and unconventional perspectives, utilizing dance as a conduit between ourselves and the world around us.
Drawing from the company's extensive video archives, which encompass a range of footage captured on analog and digital cameras, both amateur and professional, I embarked on the task of reimagining a never-before-seen spectacle. Through this video installation, I reconstructed an imaginary performance, weaving together fragments from the past.
The installation utilizes the two angled walls of the main building at the Théâtre forum de Meyrin as a projection surface. Each video is strategically positioned in the blind spot of the other, creating a constant distortion in the overall viewing experience. This captivating piece was exhibited nightly for a week, preceding the showing of ALIAS' latest creation, "Antes," in the same venue. The music for this installation is composed by the talented Mexican musician, Murcof, who also provided the music for "Antes."
Given the multitude of works encompassed within this piece, many of which are not my own, it felt fitting to forgo a specific title. A distorted vision of the past, accompanied by an imprecise title, serves as the most evocative way to evoke memories from yesteryears.
The original piece has a runtime of 18 minutes as a continuous block. For online dissemination, it has been divided into five distinct actions, allowing viewers to engage with the installation in separate segments: