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The Goldberg Variations

2016, Solo

An appropriation of Steve Paxton‘s structured improvisations based on the personal history of traditional Samoan dance and urban styles embodied by a young dancer from New Zealand.

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Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'
Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'
Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'
Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'
Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'
Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'
Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'
Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'
Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'
Still of the Production 'Dancing Like A White Guy'

About the Piece

In 1986, choreographer and dancer Steve Paxton, one of the founders of the contact improvisation movement, created a dance piece based on Glenn Gould's famous recording of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations. It is one of the most important examples of postmodern dance to date. The piece is a structured improvisation – in other words, it cannot be reconstructed in every detail. The young New Zealand dancer Aloalii Tapu is of Samoan descent and grew up in a troubled part of Auckland. His first encounter with dance was a hip hop class at the local youth club. Royston Maldoom’s dance project "Sacre" is what subsequently aroused his interest in contemporary dance. In his community, however, ballet and contemporary dance are considered the art of the white man. Things that a brown Polynesian man does not do. Therefore, his involvement with the genre is always two-fold: on the one hand, he brings a strongly masculine culture of movement into the contemporary dance scene, on the other hand, he gives back to his own community as a clear role model. It is this "movement" in dance, which he seeks to express by appropriating the Goldberg Variations. His interest in concepts of masculinity that also allow for softer, more feminine expression intersect with the dynamically powerful aesthetics of Hakka and urban dance.

Trailer

Christoph Winkler - Five Studies on Post-Colonialism / Study 4: Dancing Like a White Guy mit Aloalii Tapu (Trailer) from Christoph Winkler on Vimeo.

Credits

Concept, Choreography: Christoph Winkler | Dance, Choreography : Aloalii Tapu | Set and Costumes: Lena Mody, Valentina Primavera | Head of Tech: Martin Pilz | Camera: Walter BickmannTanzforum Berlin | Production: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture. 

A Christoph Winkler and ehrliche arbeit production, co-produced by SOPHIENSÆLE and monsun.theater Hamburg. Made possible by the Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs and the National Performance Netz (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.