The power of the extremely slow: this is the bet Myriam Gourfink has made and upon which her whole artistic research is based. The choreographer uses yoga breathing techniques to explore the limits of the human body in motion whilst observing the greatest benevolence towards it. This subtle balance enables her performers and herself to go into extreme postures of utmost difficulty and hold them.

Myriam Gourfink, Amas, live sketching
Myriam Gourfink, Amas, live sketching

The picture is demanding- for both the public and the dancers, and graphic. Amas, litterally «cluster» is the juxtaposition of eight bodies evolving on all fours within individual invisible ovoid bubbles. As usual, unclassifiable yet unmistakable composer Kasper T. Toeplitz orchestrates the progression of seismic waves from his computer.

Myriam Gourfink, illustration © Araso
Myriam Gourfink, illustration © Araso

This unbelievably slow-moving ballet is somehow unsettling. What is this impossible speed, too slow for the naked eye, to fast to be sketched? What is the message carried by this deserted landscape, those spotless costumes on this bare stage?

 

The answer lays somewhere in this one-hour long experience that can only exists in each viewer’s eyes, and nowhere else.

 

Myriam Gourfink, Amas, live sketching
Myriam Gourfink, Amas, live sketching

Illustrations © Araso


Myriam Gourfink opened the Faits d’Hiver festival on Thursday January 12th 2017 at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers with Amas, her latest creation playing until January 19 2017.

The festival goes on until February the 9th.