Is happiness still possible in a world that seems to be collapsing both physically and morally? In their new work, When air is still around, Avi Kaiser and Sergio Antonino confront themselves with body, nature, environment and their relationship. The work includes original fragments and variations from Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies, whose 250th birthday is celebrated all over the world in 2020. Beethoven’s works can be considered as an apotheosis and celebration of the magnificence of nature, but also of its destructive power. The 6th Symphony, also known as the Pastoral, has become a symbol of the changes in our planet and the fight to save it. With fragments of the 6th, 7th and 9th Symphonies and other musical material, Kaiser and Antonino dive into this conflictual and complex field of sensations.
Avi Kaiser and Sergio Antonino began working on a new piece in January 2020, with first performances scheduled for March. With the onset of global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, the work was frozen. From the beginning of June, the two began to re-engage with the work, this time with a perspective of what had happened. Certain aspects, including the title itself, became more significant, the similarity between their original inspiration and the current reality became almost unbearable.
Avi Kaiser and Sergio Antonino have lived and worked in Israel since 2013, and have a rich experience in the field of dance with more than 20 dance pieces performed throughout Europe, the US and Israel. From 2002 they have directed The Roof -TanzRaum, a dance center in Duisburg, Germany, where they are guest artists of the city and the modern sculpture museum Lehmbruck. Kaiser worked closely with Susanne Linke as a dancer and choreographer for 15 years. He created works in Canada, the United States, Senegal, the Paris and Zurich Opera. The French Ministry of Culture awarded him the title of Professor of Modern Dance based on his international authority in this field. Antonino was invited to create at the Venice Biennale, won the Sakharov Prize, and created several works for the prestigious Paolo Grassi Academy in Milan. He received his master’s degree in the history of art at the University of La Sapienza in Rome. In their works there is a strong emphasis on the place, the arena in which things take place. In recent years, a large part of their pieces has been performed in and for public space, in cooperation with architects and photographers. One of their leading projects since 2009 is the duet At Your Place which brings the dance to people’s homes, school classrooms, offices, and any other possible space where intimacy allows a different observation of the movement.
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