Somewhat still, when seen from above was created for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in 2015 as part of 'Neue Stucke', the companies very first evening of work since the director passed away and Clinkard's very first commission for a professional company.
Somewhat still, when seen from above considered ephemerality. What might remain when so much of what we experience is in a constant state of disappearance? What kind of imprint might we leave in the minds and bodies of others when we are no longer present?
The work featured 9 performers and 9 technicians of the company and was set to an original score by James Keane which incorporated 'The Lark Ascending' performed live on solo violin. Clinkard's design for the work included a landscape of six meter alumInium ladders, atop which, the technicians created an weather system of clouds.
'The dancers perform with a radiant precision, but it is in the transcendent thread of the Vaughan Williams solo that Clinkard encapsulates the double dynamic of his choreography, drawing us into the intimacy of the dancers’ interactions, but also imposing a distance, as if observing from a bird’s-eye view. Sitting in the packed theatre,
I doubt I was the only one to imagine the spirit of Bausch was observing them, too.”
*** The Guardian
'The arrestingly pared-back opener is by British independent Theo Clinkard. 'Somewhat Still, When Seen from Above' is a group portrait in dance, and it’s clear that Clinkard knows what treasures he has in performers who can deliver a world of vivid personality through the smallest look or gesture.'
*** The Guardian
Photo: Detlef Erler
Direction + Design Theo Clinkard
Realisation + Performance Barbara Kaufman, Anna Wehsarg, Julie Stanzak, Aida Vainieri, Cagdas Ermis, Damiano Bigi, Pau Aran Gimeno, Michael Strecker, Ales Cucek
Artistic Collaboration Leah Marojevic
Music James Keane
Costumes Rike Zölner
For Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch