In his latest piece entitled PERFORMANCE2000
, the Danish choreographer Erik Pold has invented a brand new genre: the Dance Docu Drama, a form that with a strong sense of humour combines different medias of “documentary video”, dance and performance.
Erik Pold has put together a group of 3 experienced performers and a video artist, to explore perceptions of reality and fiction, private and public at the beginning of the new millennium. PERFORMANCE2000 was made during the autumn 2000 in Copenhagen, and the premiere was part of an event entitled 30 MINUTES organised by Liminal.dk.
The making of PERFORMANCE2000
In the beginning of October 2000 Erik Pold went on a weekend-trip to a small cottage by the beach north of Copenhagen, he brought along three performers: Jeffrey Gunshol (US), Anders Christiansen (DK) and Trine Thiirmann Thomsen (DK), and the Amsterdam based video artist Helle Lyshøj (DK).
Here the “Dance Docu Drama” began, with a touch of “The Blairwitch Project”, they went “dancing on the beach” while the “Big Brother” camera kept rolling registering their every move.
After this one weekend together they went straight in front of an audience at the Copenhagen based gallery “Peblinc”, where the performers improvised in close proximity with an audience, during three sessions of 2 hour “durational performances”.
Five weeks later they ended up with the 40-minute piece PERFORMANCE2000.
It is central to contemporary living, that we concern ourselves a lot with identity, who we are seems defined by how we stage ourselves, almost like a “private performance”. In PERFORMANCE2000 we look for these performances, to figure out what it means to be a contemporary urban human being. We also take a look at where we are with our understanding of the word Performance, by investigating the “architecture of a dance piece”, trying to make it visible rather than hiding it. The desire to question what we are allowed to see on stage as part of a dance performance, but I guess essentially a desire to reach “behind the dancer”, to expose the way we perform and stage our lives. As a source of inspiration (as well as copying directly from it) we worked with the film Performance.
The Film “Performance”
The English filmmaker Nicolas Roeg (in collaboration with Donald Cammell), made a film in 1970 called “Performance”, it starred Mick Jagger in a leading role and made a link between being a “performer” as a rock star/artist, and being a very different kind of performer: a contract-killer. In an interesting way it caught the spirit of the early 70´s with experiments toward expanding our perception of gender, sexuality and reality.
The Danish reviewer Monna Dithmer wrote about the piece: PERFORMANCE2000 plays a subtle game with reality in its own loosely connected, funnily strolling manner. The reality project of Performance Art put in perspective and pushed to the edge as shameless entertainment.”