Lisi Estaras, Ido Batash & Sonico Ensemble
SONICO is the new dance and live music performance produced by MonkeyMind Company. It is created by choreographers Ido Batash and Lisi Estaras in collaboration with musician Ariel Eberstein and his Brussels-based band by the same name, Sonico.
Following Lisi and Ido’s collaboration on The Jewish Connection Project (première CAMPO 14/02/2019) – in which their ambiguous feelings towards their Jewish identity serve as the focal point – Lisi and Ido now explore another facet of identity: elements that are not determined by premeditated social, ethnic and cultural factors.
Lisi and Ido rely on the tango compositions of the provocative Argentinian avant-garde composer Eduardo Rovira (1925-1980) as their source of inspiration. Tango music – and the music of Rovira in particular – can express a strong disposition, sudden swing changes, anxiety and a sense of disconnection. For SONICO Ariel Eberstein created a new music score that builds upon Eduardo Rovira’s avant-garde music, giving rise to a nonconventional interpretation of Tango. Consequently, Lisi and Ido did not turn to existing codes and types of tango for movement material. Rather, they approach tango through the MonkeyMind-method, translating chaotic thoughts and feelings into dance movement. In SONICO the creators elaborate this dance language by researching the relation between dance and Art Brut. This research led to new movement material inspired by raw movements, such as trance-like repetition or unconscious, impulsive and purposeless wanderings.
Two figures move in a mechanical, minimalistic way – as if they are empty on the inside. It seems like they have been in this abstract plastic landscape forever. Thanks to the musical intervention by men in colorful parkas the two figures are suddenly activated. From that moment on, the piece builds up to an eccentric and energetic choreography written to the music. The complexity of rhythms and eclectic influences in the music convey an antithetical landscape in which the two choreographers express their most basic impulses and explore themselves and each other. First only particles of tango dance come to light but these minimal movements nonetheless succeed in gradually transforming the two figures into emotive beings because however absurd and eclectic this decoded choreography may appear, it still manages to represent the connection between two people, dancing together, supporting and provoking each other. After movement, first sound and eventually words are introduced as means of communication. But in this contextless space, these means do not seem to function accordingly. Involuntary movements come before thought and speech and push the two dancers to keep moving without direction. Without direction, not always without purpose.
PREMIERE: 5 March 2020, De Grote Post (Oostende, BE)
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY & DANCE Lisi Estaras & Ido Batash
MUSIC Eduardo Rovira
SONICO MUSICIANS Camilo Cordoba (guitar), Ivo De Greef (piano), Lysandre Donoso (bandoneon), Ariel Eberstein (double bass), Stephen Meyer (violin)
DRAMATURGY Sara Vanderieck
SET DESIGN Peter De Blieck
LIGHTING DESIGN Kurt Lefevre
COSTUMES Kim Wille
ADMINSTRATION, PRODUCTION & TOUR MANAGEMENT Nicole Petit
INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION PLAN B – Creative Agency for Performing Arts Hamburg – Carmen Mehnert & Anne Schmidt
PRODUCTION MonkeyMind vzw Ghent in collaboration with Sonico Brussels COPRODUCTION Le Manège Maubeuge (F), De Grote Post Oostende (B), MA Scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard (F)
RESIDENCIES Tanzhaus Zürich (CH), BAMP Bruxelles (B)
WITH THE SUPPORT OF les ballets C de la B (B), Vooruit Gent (B)