Karlheinz Essl

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LABoratorio

cross-media performance for viola, percussions, live-electronics, dancers and video
2010/2011

Commissioned by the festival Musica y Escena (Mexico City)


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Como contraparte tenemos la producción del Festival Musica y Escena de este año: LABoratorio. Una colaboración entre el músico y videoasta austriaco Karlheinz Essl y los artistas mexicanos: Nadia Lartigue en la coreografía y la danza, Iván Ontiveros, bailarín, Alexander Bruck en la viola e Iván Manzanilla en las percusiones. Con los programas de música y video creados por Essl especialmente para este espectáculo, cada participante es decisivo en la forma y en el fondo de la obra. Un juego entre la improvisación y la estructura previa, entre lo visual y lo aural, entre el movimiento, el sonido y la observación. Colaboramos este año con el Centro Mexicano para las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS). Nadie mejor que ellos para ayudarnos a presentar estos espectáculos con la complejidad electrónica y acústica que requieren. Esta nueva relación implica además el intercambio artístico y académico entre el Festival y el CMMAS. (Ana Lara)



LABoratorio is a mixed-media performance for viola, percussion, live-electronics, dancers and realtime-generated video which was conceived by Karlheinz Essl for the festival Musica y Escena 2011 in Mexico City. In an experimental stage setting, an alchemistic laboratory is created where divers ingredients like music, dance and video are melted together in order to create a new being which transcends the original matters from which it is constructed.

The entire piece subdivided into 5 sections. Each section has its own title (an anagram derived from the word "laboratorio"), its own music and choreography (see below) and a specific visualization. These titles are:


Lab Oratorio - Root or Labia - To Boil a Roar - Oral Air Boot - Aorta O'Broil


Music

The backbone of the performance are 5 music pieces which are arranged in a symmetrical manner:

The center piece is the anchor point of the performance where all instruments playing together for the first (and only) time in the piece, creating highly complex interactions, full of energy and power. This is the only piece which is has not composed beforehand - it will created on the fly thanks to the improvisational skills of the violist Alexander Bruck and percussionst Ivan Manzanilla together with the composer performing on his self-developed computer instrument m@ze°2.


Visuals

The visuals (generated by a special computer program written by the composer) create an immersive environment composed of various sources: letters and secret messages, textures and paintings, architectural elements and humans in movement. This ever-changing flow of dancing images is projected onto a large screen in the back of the stage, being controlled by a musician and also by random-based realtime algorithms.


Sample movie generated by Karlheinz Essl's image processor LABoratorio
(written in Jitter) using a photo of the dancer Nadia Lartigue.

Sound: excerpt of el-emen' for percussion and live-electronics


Dance

Similar to their instrumental antipodes viola and percussion, two dancers (a man and a woman) are acting in front of the projection screen on stage. They are dressed in white, those becoming part if the projection. The choreography will be developed by Nadia Lartigue as a counterpart to the music.


Stage setting

Stage setting at Sala Miguel Covarrubias (UNAM, México DF)


Protagonists

Alexander Bruck: viola
Ivan Manzanilla: percussion
Nadia Lartigue: dance, choreography, staging
Iván Ontiveros: dance
Julia Reyes Retana: light design
Karlheinz Essl: composition, m@ze°2, live-electronics, video programming
Valeria Palomina: live-visuals


Videos

Here you can see the different parts LABoratorio, recorded on 3 Sep 2011 at Sala Miguel Covarrubias at UNAM, Mexico City:


LAB ORATORIO
da braccio (2000) for viola and electronics
Alexander Bruck: viola, Karlheinz Essl: m@ze°2
Nadia Lartigue: dance


ROOT OR LABIA
Sequitur XI (2010) for vibraphone, cymbale and electronics
Iván Manzanilla: viola, Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics
Nadia Lartigue & Iván Ontiveros: dance


TO BOIL A ROAR
Improvisation à tre for viola, percussions and electronics
Alexander Bruck: viola, Iván Manzanilla: percussion, Karlheinz Essl: m@ze°2
Nadia Lartigue & Iván Ontiveros: dance


ORAL AIR BOOT
Sequitur IVb (2010) for viola and electronics
Alexander Bruck: viola, Karlheinz Essl: live-electronics
Nadia Lartigue & Iván Ontiveros: dance


AORTA O'BROIL
el-emen' (2004) for percussion and live-electronics
Iván Manzanilla; percussion, Karlheinz Essl: m@ze°2
Iván Ontiveros: dance


Photos

Alexander Bruck: viola Iván Manzanilla
Nadia Lartigue & Iván Ontiveros: dance Screen projection
Generative visuals by Karlheinz Essl
Sketch for light design by Julia Reyes


Premier

3 + 4 Sep 2011
México DF (MX)
UNAM, Centro Cultural Universitario: Sala Miguel Covarrubias
Festival Música y Escena



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