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Ballet premiere Impression with Ferran Cruixents music in Heidelberg

The ballet Impression is the first new creation of choreographer and director Iván Pérez and it is his first collaboration with the composer Ferran Cruixent. The new ensemble of the Dance Theater Heidelberg (DTH) will be accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra Heidelberg at the premiere on December 7, 2018.

Ferran Cruixent about Impression:

"The piece deals with the millennium generation, born between 1980 and 2000. From the perspective of the individual as well as of the collective and through the different means of dance, music and fine art, it questions how we perceive this generation. It is also an expression of the social dynamics that emanate from the Millennials and evolve with them. In a multi-layered and virtual space, 'Impression' draws our attention to the indeterminacy of time. Framed by weightless surfaces, the bodies immerse themselves in the sublime waves of the orchestra's sounds and create a matrix of formlessness. Because the contours of this impression are elusive and unstable, also because we ultimately remain within this unfolding and are part of it.
The complete work has a length of 63 minutes and is divided into 10 pieces (10 dancers), which describe different states and moods (inside / outside, microcosm / macrocosm, detail / perspective) and is strongly influenced by the will of Generation Y. to free themselves from mass culture, even though they are born in the digitized world, ie live digitally without being emotionally dependent on it. The whole musical work is shaped by a nostalgic, personal vision of a composer who is not part of this Millennial Generation. The 10 tracks are called: 'Calling Millenials', 'Oscillator', 'Automatic Sonar', 'Enigmatico', 'New Dimension', ‚Robotic-BigData’, ‚Dnirico’ (Spiritual Energy), 'Stroboscope', 'Twin Shadow' and 'Recalling Millennials'.
As a metaphor of communication technology, the Morse code is used. Messages such as 'Millennium' or 'Impression' are transmitted via various instruments. The Morse code was invented by the artist Samuel Morse after a tragic experience: his wife died while traveling, and he could not say goodbye to her in time because no telecoms system was available.
The interpreters must also use other special techniques, such as 'Cyber ​​Singing' (also 'Cyber ​​Canto' or 'Cyber ​​Canto'). 'Cyber ​​Singing' is a digital voice, a musical technique developed for the commissioned work 'Cyborg' (2010, Staatskapelle Weimar under the direction of Christoph Poppen 2013 USA-First performance, Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin) , The musicians download an audio file prepared by the composer. This is played on stage thanks to their mobile phones while they continue to play their traditional instruments.
The mobile phone has now become an external brain / memory extension. It has become a means by which we interact with humanity. The composer communicates directly with the musicians, without the help of external devices. This will also make the performer aware of how dependent we are today. Science, or mathematics, are languages ​​that we have developed to define ourselves. We are already cyborgs because we implanted that language metaphorically (or even sometimes physically) in us. Two languages ​​(organic and technical) that communicate with each other. Millennials are the beginning of the digital communications network. "

Photo: Sebastian Bühler

07/12/2018
Theater Heidelberg
UA Ferran Cruixent,
Ballet music "Impression" for orchestra
(Choreography and direction: Iván Pérez
Philharmonic Orchestra Heidelberg; Cond.:Dieter Holm)

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