Bevor Stijn Celis mit der Choreographie seines neuen Balletts »Sound & Vision« begann, hatte er die Ensemblemitglieder nach ihren Erfahrungen und Eindrücken während der Lockdown-Zeit von März bis Mai 2020 befragt. Aus den Antworten entstand ein Text, der im Stück nach dem ersten Song (»Letʼs Dance« von David Bowie) zu sechst gesprochen wird:
What do 16 square metres mean for you? To me, it does not matter how big the space is around me, what matters is how big the space is in my spirit and imagination. 4 by 4 metres may feel limited yet it can also feel eternal. Before Corona my approach to dance was mostly physical and sometimes intellectual. Today it is mostly intellectual and sometimes physical.
During Corona I heard my neighbours having sex – and they probably did the same. I discovered that a broom can stand alone in balance. I had time to virtually re-establish some far-away friendships. For my birthday, my dad sent me a package from Japan, and we both thought that it would take at least a month to get here because of the situation. It arrived within a week. On my birthday, I received gifts and cookies delivered through my window using a rope.
What was the hardest thing during the Corona crisis for you? To wear a mask? Weekly grocery shopping? Not knowing where the »finish« line is? One night I slept 15 hours, I ate pizza four days in a row. (I had four pizzas in a row.)
I painted my catʼs nails blue. I actually spent a good amount of time during lockdown with reading. Noverreʼs »Lettres sur la danse« and Kandinsky, »Punkt und Linie zu Fläche«. For me they are complimentary. Two art-making models with opposite principles but with the same aim.
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