After Trio A is based on Yvonne Rainer’s minimal dance piece Trio A (1966) and the No Manifesto (1965) written alongside of it.
Click to read (After) Manifesto's, a cover of Rainer's No Manifesto: (After) Manifesto's
‚NO to spectacle. No to virtuosity. No to transformations and magic and make-believe.’ From the No Manifesto by Yvonne Rainer (1965)
Trio A reduced dance to its essentials and is considered one of the beginnings of postmodern dance. It was originally a part of the whole evening called The Mind Is A Muscle. A Judson Church member, Rainer turned the current conventions of dance and the perception of body upside down, saying ‘dance is hard to see’.
After Trio A was commissioned by the Cover#2 project to cover a piece from dance history. It is not a re-staging of Trio A but a dialogue with it. Two dancers are asked to learn a part of the original Trio A phrase live on stage, without any previous knowledge of it. They do it in front of the audience, learning from a recording of the original piece played on a TV monitor, within the course of one hour. The audience observes the learning process: watching becomes learning, learning becomes virtuosity, task-like activity becomes a dance, knowledge becomes power, history becomes present, body becomes political, the non-spectacular becomes strangely spectacular.
Title of the original piece: Trio A (1966) and No manifesto (1965) Choreographer: Yvonne Rainer
Concept and choreography Andrea Božić in collaboration with visual artist Julia Willms Music, sound installation and live performance Robert Pravda Dance Emio Greco | PC Dereck Cayla and Neda Hadji-Mirzaei Light design Henk Danner Photo's Anna van Kooij
Dereck Cayla and Neda Hadji-Mirzaei at the Cover#2 Festival, Frascati, Amsterdam, NL
Christian Guerematchi and Michael Jahoda at the ICKEvent, Frascati, Amsterdam, NL
Iva Hladnik and Sonja Pregrad at the Dance Week Festival, Plesni Centar, Zagreb, HR
Ann Cooper and Claire French at the PuSh Festival, the Dance Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Felix Marchand and Litó Walkey at the Assign & Arrange Conference, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, D
Alexander Gottfarb and Lieve de Pourq at Solo? Festival, Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna, A
Produced by International Choreographic Arts Centre ICKamsterdam in co-production with Frascati, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, commissioned and co-produced by Cover#2
For a text about After Trio A written by Claire French, who danced it in Vancouver click here