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 this project, ALIAS dance company founder and choreographer Guilherme Botelho gave me a carte blanche to create a special piece for the 20th anniversary of the company.
With more than 20 spectacles from the early 90's to their latest creation Antes in 2014, and more than 600 representations on all continents, ALIAS' work has been an uninterrupted exploration for the hidden and unusual angles, using dance as a middleman between us and the world that surrounds us.
By browsing through the video archives of the company (which contains both amateur and professional footage, shot on analog or digital video camera), I recomposed an imaginary spectacle which never happened physically.
The video installation uses the two angled walls of the main building of the Théâtre forum de Meyrin as a projection support, each video being in the blind spot of the other so the vision of the whole installation is always distorted. The piece was on display every night for a week , just before the representation of ALIAS' new creation Antes, in the same venue. The music of this installation is composed by Mexican musician Murcof, who also did the music of Antes.
As this piece embodies so many different works — works that are not mine — i couldn't give it a proper title. A distorted vision of what once was, as well as a unprecise title, was probably the best way I found to recall memories from the past.
The original piece is 18 minutes in one block. For the online diffusion, I split it into 5 actions.