Letters 2 Dance
In a danced analysis of the alphabet, the dancer and choreographer Femke Gyselinck investigates the relationship between movement and typography, dance and the shape of letters. The production is a choreographic extension of Gymnastics of the Mind (2020), a research project inspired by the book ABECEDA (1926). That resulted in her own dance alphabet that will also appear as a publication in the summer of 2021.
In a choreography for three dancers, the dance describes the space, and the double meaning of ‘letters’ is played out to the full: both an alphabetical character and a message. How do you dance from letters to words, from a word to a sentence? What is the syntax of a dance phrase? The starting point is a deliberate mission impossible: precisely by grafting dance vocabulary onto the principles of language in the narrow sense, the choreographer highlights the specificity of dance all the more clearly. Musician and composer Liesa Van der Aa joins the dancers on stage. The ordering of letters and her musical samples go hand in hand; the dance leads the music and creates a fabric of dancing together, speaking together, listening together. Conversely, the musical composition helps to determine the choreographic writing. Letters 2 Dance invites the viewer to participate in a game of deciphering, with the language of dance in a constant tension between expression and abstraction.
Concept Femke Gyselinck
Dance Femke Gyselinck, Sue-Yeon Youn, Luka Švajda
Composition and Music Liesa Van der Aa
Scenography Aslı Çiçek
Costumes Lila John
Stage Directions and Coaching Wannes Gyselinck
Light and Sound Brecht Beuselinck & Thomas Vermaercke
Assistant to the Director Emma Meerschaert
Co-producer nona arts centre, C-Mine, Het Laatste Bedrijf, ICI-CCN Montpellier, KAAP, STUK, Vooruit, Workspacebrussels
Production and Distribution Caravan Production
With Support of The Flemish Community and the Tax Shelter rule of the Belgian Federal Government