Christoph Winklerwe are time
2006, solo, 50 Min.
Watching dance in a theater is a special process. It requires, as Mallarmé called it in his little essay "crayonné au thèatre", "a kind of impersonal or brilliantly totalitarian gaze”. As a person, the dancer withdraws herself, represents nothing or is, as Mallarmé wrote on the dancing body: only an emblem, never someone…
About the Piece
This withdrawal is the only thing which allows us to follow dance as organized movement in time and space. This signification of the body or rather the withdrawal of personality is quasi the necessary ticket to kinesthetic wonderland. For the viewer who is able to prepare his gaze accordingly the movements always appear in linear sequences as a succession of one after the other. As slow as the movements may be, they always remain movements in time. Watching dance is therefore always also watching time flow. The dancer however cannot watch herself. For she is the one who produces the image, as she marks the space in time. We can therefore also say, she is time or that through her actions she performs time for the viewer. Out of this process, a phenomena called "the dancer’s fear of disappearing” results, a psychophysical dilemma that is always already in the dance no matter if consciously or not.
These thoughts accompanied the work on this solo over a long period. The result is a downright puristic dance piece: one dancer, one sound (Tony Conrad) and a multitude of movements, the total sum of which lies almost beyond one’s visual capacities. In its stylistics and the exposed position of the dancer, the finished solo rightly deserves the label "New German Expressionist Dance”.
Choreography: Christoph Winkler
Dance: Zufit Simon
Music: Tony Conrad "Four Violins"
"We Are Time" has been made possible with funds from the Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur.
Presseauszüge (copy 1)
[Translate to English:] "Christoph Winkler und Zufit Simon haben ein zeitloses Stück geschaffen, eindringlich, radikal und ungeheuer konsequent." (Tünde Pasdach, Hamburg)