Photos: ©Adam Markowski; ©Elisa & Barbara Siegmund
“Replacing ice with plastic” opens up entirely new somatic levels of research and artistic creative possibilities. New contexts develop from a lack of cold, the plastic’s own inherent sounds, and its altered gliding ability. Flexible uses of the plastic ice offer new spaces for performance, interaction, and interdisciplinary encounters.
With this research, numerous starting points for dialogues and future projects of gliding art with other arts were laid in a wide-ranging cross-genre exchange with painting, visual arts, video, audio, voice performance, music and theater direction, among others.
How can gliding movement be transformed into color?
Painting and dance on ice skates venture into unfamiliar terrain.
Together we transform fleeting, dance-like movement into permanent, abstract landscapes and set the first impulses of a connection between "gliding brush" on watercolor paper and "gliding blades" on plastic ice.
With floating interspaces,
we explore irritating encounters, spaces of movement and communication in the superimposition of our respective forms of expression and enable broad perceptual latitudes.
Painting : Nancy Görlach
Dance on ice : Elisa Siegmund
In what ways do different camera perspectives absorb or amplify sliding on ice?
In a multi-layered interaction between gliding movement and experimental video art we concretize the meaning of plastic ice for each other.
In this research part we filter the gliding as well as the acceleration of the dancing body in its special environment through different lenses and changing perspectives in static as well as moving camera work to investigate the changed optical perception.
One result of the joint approach to the synthetic ice floor is the dance film
Moving 2 Silence.
Video: Lorenzo Francesconi
Dance on Ice: Elisa Siegmund
How can musicians and free dance meet on an equal footing within the tight construct of classical composition? How stretchable is the space between fixed musical parameters?
In this encounter we explore resonances of classical sounds and gliding dance. Here we create a connection between sounds of the past and contemporary movement impulses on synthetic ice.
To conclude this research section, a music video for the piece
Capricio, Opus 55 (Henri Vieuxtemps) was created in the empty halls of the Pittlerwerke Leipzig.
Viola: Adam Markowski
Dance on ice: Elisa Siegmund
The material: synthetic ice
Section 2 | material research
Dance on synthetic ice is paradoxical - opportunity and challenge at the same time.
The nature of the material plastic and not least its controversial meaning reveal limits but also new possibilities for the artistic work with this special medium.
For my work, I have discovered the, ecologically sustainably produced, resource-saving and health harmless synthetic LIKE-ICE!
This research section focuses on the functional, sustainable, ecological, economic and health components of this synthetic ice floor.
The implementation of this research was supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.
Partial processing of the resulting documentation material is being carried out with the support of the GVL scholarship program, also funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.
My sincere thanks.