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Zero Degrres

A2 Set Work 2012 -15
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Leah Hilditch

on 20 August 2013

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Transcript of Zero Degrres

ZERO DEGREES
AKRAM KHAN

SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI
Artistic Direction, Choreography and Performance
MUSIC
NITIN SAWHNEY
SCULPTOR:
ANTONY GORMLEY
The Constituent Features
LIGHTING DESIGNER:
MIKKI KUNTTU
COSTUME DESIGNER:
KEI ITO
SADDLER'S WELLS, LONDON
THURSDAY 12TH JULY 2005,
PREMIERE:
FILM:
RECORDED LIVE AT SADDLER'S WELLS, LONDON
SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2007
STARTING POINTS:
Collaboration between Khan and Cherkaoui - exchange of ideas - nothing predetermined
Shared experience of belonging to two cultures - Khan British/Asian and Cherkaoui is Morrocan Flemish
Selected collaboration to include Antony Gormley and Nitin Sawhney
Autobiographical stimulus - AK's personal experience on a train journey in India
Sources for Vocabulary
Edited text of AK's story
movement in the story telling of the text
Contemporary movement
Kathak - Chakkars/Sufi (turns), Tatkar (footwork rhythms), Barhant (speaking rhythms) Hastas/Mudra (gestures), Nittra (abstract ideas), Nrtya/Abhinaya (expression of story, mood, emotion, sentiment)
Martial arts
Exploration of themes outlined next
music - in collaboration with Nitin Sawhney
Physical Setting - Collaboration with Antony Gormley
Interaction with Dummies and Lighting
Matrix - Sci Fi/Action Film (1999)
Recollection of Chinese Fable
Extreme loss of life on Jerusalem Soil
THEMES:
The Centre point of two places
Cloning / Duality - two people becoming one and then mutating into two - identity exchange and interrelationship
Life versus death
Opposites - extremities of two ends and the tensions between the two points
Confronting each other and confronting ourselves
Universal emotions - e.g. anger, doubt, helplessness, grief
Defining and inventing space in different ways
Boarder crossing
Personal Identity
The Palce where everything begins and everything ends (zero degrees)
Style:
Inter- textual asthetic - telling the same story but through different language
Narrative through line
Abstract exploration of theme
Multi layered approach to source material/theme
Integral use of and interaction with physical setting - lighting and sculpture
Music visualisation
Treatment of text with synchronisation system (Larbi's)
using gesture to communicate stories, ideas, characters
Distinctive fluidity in arm movement
Use of body language
Kathak: turns, footwork, rhythms, gestures, expression
Martial art movement
Dynamic force and fluidity
Flexibility
Use of voice/song
Pressence of physicalisation and emotion
Honesty in real reflection and acceptance of experience (akin to therapy)
distinctive use of solo within duet relationship
Story boarding and use of transitions
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