created and produced by Inverso Productions and Korzo Productions
"The festival Madrid en Danza closed last Sunday with what was undoubtedly its best creative work in dance: Paredes de Papel." Roger Salas/ El Pais
photos by Rahi Rezvani
In considering the house as a symbol of permanence, this piece explores the fault lines of its inherent fragility. The house is the basic unit of our everyday lives, and is fundamental to our self-identity, but it periodically transforms. We live within these formed constructions but they are often less solid and predictable than we imagine. Canadian choreographer Lesley Telford and Japanese scenographer Yoko Seyama collaborate on this work taking different perspectives in scale: from the outside as a giant in a miniature city and from the inside on a human level. The structures we live within are seen from a distance, amplifying the effects of human choices, accidents, and perceptions that may cause a shift what we assume to be set on solid ground. Brittle Failure is a technical term used to define the conditions under which solid materials fracture under pressure.
CREDITS choreography: Lesley Telford scenography and installation: Yoko Seyama dancers/collaborators: Iratxe Ansa, Clyde Emmanuel Archer, Miguel Oliviera lights: Ellen Knops (Vancouver), Loes Schakenbos (Madrid, Den Haag) music/collage: Nadia Sirota, Hauschka, Hildur Gu›nadóttir, Hilary Hahn, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ekkehard Ehlers, Jonny Greenwood text: Clyde Emmanuel Archer, Miguel Oliviera * inspired by a previous project by Heather and Lesley Telford.
Special thanks to all collaborators and supporters who gave so much to this project.
Brittle Failure is a co-production between Korzo Productions, Festival Internacional de Madrid en Danza and Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver. Residency support in Madrid has been provided by Teatro Canal.
The performance is financially supported by The City of the Hague, the Ministry of OCW and the Dutch Embassy in Madrid.