Darkroom Contemporary Presents BLUEPRINT at the City Hall, July 28 - August 2
Darkroom Contemporary presents their latest evening length dance work enititled BLUEPRINT, an innovative new piece inspired by architecture and design concepts. As one of only two dance projects recognised in the official programme for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, BLUEPRINT invites audiences to reconsider the links between dance and design. Weaving architectural design considerations into the choreography, sound and set design, this work offers a whole new way to appreciate the human form and the built environment - together and apart. Highlighting the similarities and differences between man and his surroundings, BLUEPRINT questions our place within a concrete and technological jungle and considers the impact urban and technological advancements have on human connection and interaction.
Louise Coetzer, Darkroom Contemporary's foudner, artistic director and choreographer, has worked closely with a host of collaborators to create a truly multi-faceted performance staged within four rooms of the Cape Town City Hall exhibition area. Coetzer trained as a dancer at Pretoria Technikon and majored in choreography. Since graduating in 2001, she has choreographed an impressive collection of original works with a strong focus on relationships and the humour and complexities inherent in human interaction. Her work has been showcased at the KKNK, the FNB Dance Umbrella and the PANSA 48-Hour Festival, while she has also produced works for the Baxter Dance Festival.
Acclaimed music producer and DJ, Ebenhaezer Smal, contributes a unique and contemporary score for this work. With sculptural installations by visual artist Imraan Samo, laser installation by Fabian Humphry, and data visualisation by Clear Data Viz, BLUEPRINT becomes an exhibition of the human form in motion, set against the backdrop of these visual elements. Darkroom Contemporary's co-founder and the project manager for BLUEPRINT is Oscar O'Ryan. O'Ryan is a photographer and videographer specialising in capturing movement and dance. His photo series created for THE MOTION PROJECT, of which BLUEPRINT is a part, has been exhibited at the Cape Town City Hall and Side Street Studios.
Darkroom Contemporary is a non-profit organisation and independent physical theatre company that was founded in 2010 and has become known for its unique and innovative style. The company presents works which are current, relevant and accessible, while offering audiences unique experiences through staging site-specific and interdisciplinary dance theatre, encouraging them to support and appreciate the art of dance. Darkroom Contemporary also strives to provides platforms for trained dancers and physical performers, using movement as a tool to communicate ideas, to create unique audience experiences, to open up dialogue and initiate collaboration across multiple creative disciplines. Darkroom Contemporary's The MOTION PROJECT invites the people of Cape Town to explore and rediscover the designed spaces of historical and contemporary Cape Town through the mediums of photography, stage and film and the vehicle of dance.
BLUEPRINT will be staged at the City Hall from 28 July - 2 August 2014, at 8pm. Bookings can be made through www.quicket.co.za, with (tickets costing R100 - R120. BLUEPRINT is made possible through assistance from the City of Cape Town Department of Arts and Culture and World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. For further information, find Darkroom Contemporary on the web (www.darkroomcontemporary.com), on Twitter (@DarkroomDance) or through their blog (www.darkroomcontemporary.blogspot.com).