Albert Quesada / ACME 

Residency: Penguins
25/09 > 8/10/2017 – Studio

Albert Quesada: "For this new research called Penguins, not knowing how this endeavour will end up, I want to team up with Katie Vickers and two other dancers. I will propose a subject and basic context, and with the other artists we will dialogue, discuss and discover together. Departing from a simple interest in the endless and rich relationship between movement and music, between dancers and musicians, we will investigate the specific music from the Penguin Cafe and play with ideas between concert and dance performance."

"Musically, I know what it is to perform Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Wagner and Ligeti amongst others, and am currently getting used to working with live contemporary musicians and electronics in a small quartet. Researching and dancing with the music of Penguin Cafe will be another step into working with live musicians. However, I have never worked with such a cinematic and popular music as the one from Penguin Cafe. It is a challenge and a privilege to confront my dance practices with their way of playing music, a quest to share a particular listening experience with an audience, and explore the two spaces of theatre and concert hall. In order to continue my performance work, I feel the need to research the role of dance in live music concerts. I’m interested on how orchestras and dance can merge, where dance and the visual display play a major role in concerts."

Albert Quesada is a Spanish dancer and choreographer based between Brussels and Barcelona. He trained at MDT (Amsterdam) and P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) after his studies of philosophy and multimedia engineering in Barcelona. The exploration and translation of musical structures and compositions into choreography and the invitation of an audience to perceive and to listen to the proposed works, stands at the heart of Quesada’s choreographic work. Next to that, Albert is intrigued by group movement and dynamics, sparkled by his collaboration with ZOO/Thomas Hauert. Under the company ACME, he holds many artistic projects, both educational and for the stage. This is together with his long term collaborators Marcus Baldemar, Federica Porello, Mireia de Querol, and Zoltán Vakulya. 

Together with Katie Vickers he co-directs two educational programs in the USA: the theatre and dance summer program at Mercersburg Academy, and the Practicing Performance / International Dance Festival at the Ohio State University. In 2005 Albert created Solo on Bach & Glenn which has been touring since, and which gave birth to the duet Solos Bach & Gould (2010). This was followed by Trilogy (2011), created with Vera Tussing, an evening of three short pieces exploring musical structures. Albert then expanded into larger, group choreographies with the pieces Ensemble (2012), Slow Sports (2012) and Wagner & Ligeti (2014), an examination of our understanding of orchestral music, Slow Sports Outdoors (2014), Slow Sports Kids (2015), OneTwoThreeOneTwo (2015), a duet inspired by the world of flamenco, and VIVA (2016), where the amateur group De Genoten dances to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. His latest work is a collaboration with Octavi Rumbau, Federica Porello and Zoltán Vakulya: It's time (2017). Since June 2009 Albert has been dancing with the company ZOO – Thomas Hauert (AccordsYou’ve ChangedIn Vivo DanseMono, Inaudible). He has also performed for Benjamin Vandewalle. Info: http://acmearts.xyz

Katie Vickers is an American artist who lives in Brussels. She is a 2014 graduate of P.A.R.T.S. and 2010 graduate of The Ohio State University. She has danced for and with Daniel Linehan, Martin Nachbar, Benjamin Vandewalle, Vera Tussing, and most recently was a guest artist for the Cullberg Ballet’s production, Figure a Sea, choreographed by Deborah Hay. She has conducted workshops internationally, and spearheaded the Mercersburg Academy Summer Program for Dance and Theatre in the U.S as well as Practicing Performance at The Ohio State University. Her foundation as an artist is heavily influenced by changing roles between dancer, choreographer, and teacher. As a dancer, she has mainly worked with choreographers she has met through P.A.R.T.S as well as whose research stimulates her own work. Katie steers towards environments and various collaborations with people that challenges her development of methods in order to take existing knowledge in new directions. Her own work and research spans through a variety of interests, yet their common ground is questioning the use of the body in order to find the unfamiliar in the familiar. Upon graduation, she has premiered in Monty with her duet Slogan for Modern Times, and in the deSingel in the frame of Bouge B with her duet, 5 Seasons. Currently, she is in creation for a new project, We Will Have Had Darker Futures,  with Inga Huld Hakonardottir and Rebecka Stillman that will premiere in the deSingel in March 2017.

Research: Flamingos – By: ACME / Albert Quesada & Katie Vickers – Together with: 2 other dancers – Music by: the Penguin Cafe (http://penguincafe.com)


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