"It is said of a river that washes away everything in its path that it is violent, but nothing is ever said of the violence of the banks that confine it." Berthold Brecht
« Guilherme Botelho traces the insularity of every solitary life, in spite of its being linked to an archipelago of other existences which bear the heady imprint of tormented, Icelandic landscapes » Scènes Magazine
Lenght 60 min
To Philippe Martin
Choreography Guilherme Botelho
Assistant Fabio Bergamaschi
Music Christian Fennesz
Costumes Amandine Rutschmann
Lights Yann Marussich
Fabio Bergamaschi, Victoria Hoyland, Erik Lobelius, Angela Rabaglio, Amaury Réot
Fondation Meyrinoise du Casino, SSA – Société suisse des auteurs.
Alias is granted a joint subsidy by the City of Meyrin, the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Culture.
Alias is a dance company associated to the Theater Forum Meyrin (Geneva) and the Theater Crochetan (Valais).
Creation 2016 / La Bâtie - Festival de Genève, Theater Forum Meyrin
Islands is an animated picture, a piece in which the dancers, brought together for their differences, nonetheless form a single entity. This magma composed of bodies evokes, as if by anamorphosis, an architecture which is sometimes fragmented, sometimes multiplied, as different elements emerge from it: a fusing rock turns into froth, slides through a DNA spiral and takes on spectral or archaic forms, suddenly unearthed from long buried memories.
From an almost featureless vanishing line, undulating in solidary waves, a few lumps now and then protrude. A vague gesture furtively disrupts the harmony, like a leaf lifted from its branch, eager to proclaim its individuality to the wind, or a rebel fragment negating collective consciousness. The dancers incarnate the human diversity and question our relation to others and our self determination.
Throughout this work, Guilherme Botelho explores an esthetic of reflection, the mirroring of others whereby they constitute us. He authored this intense and hypnotic choreography, at once puzzling and sublime, as an alchemist of movement may have done.