Grace Note

„Will the ability to conjure up images in the absence of the objects still develop itself in a humanity which is flooded by a deluge of prefabricated images?”

Italo Calvino

In 1984 the Italian writer Italo Calvino conceptualized “Six Memos for the Next Millenium”: In the five completed essays Lightness, Quickness, Exactitude, Visibility and Multiplicity constitute a poetics that should be transferable across all art forms and also be applicable to society and politics.

photos: m.loizenbauer, d.payr, ch.haring

Lightness, for example, he interprets as a reaction to life’s profundity and ultimately talks of a narrative that frees things of their heaviness. Quickness, in Calvino’s interpretation, equals “mental speed,” but also the “utmost concentration of poetry and the mind”. Exactitude is an instrument against the “plague of a language which expresses itself as a loss of the ability of distinction and immediacy, as an automatism, which tends to flatten the expression down to the most common, most anonymous and most abstract formula.

Calvinos proposals for a new literary language form the core of this production. The visual artist Günter Brus delivers a literary sketch for unfinished sixth part in this production. In its performance and its music the piece follows a line which, based on fractures and deviations, creates new forms and meanings. Grace Note is built upon a “sonic script”. Everything that happens on stage is imagined as an “acoustic story”. The PHACE ensemble and dancers of the Liquid Loft Company interpret a music which is in a state of constant movement, like a harmonic rain that falls in fragments upon the bodies on stage. Musical and visual scenarios in which a movement of a body can break a sonic rhythm or a drawn line can define a series of new events are created.

In this interdisciplinary project which was created as a co-production with Tanzquartier Wien and Wien Modern and in collaboration with ICST Zurich and Liquid Loft, performance and installation – acoustic and electronic, build a dynamic structure through the interaction of sound and movement. In dance and theater composer Arturo Fuentes sees the human body becoming a map of sound on which different rhythms and tempos get crossed. Based loosely on Günter Brus he defines the visual and scenic context of his works as "deaf music", "unaccented silence", "dark room music" or "eye music".