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posted October 05, 2001 10:28     Click Here to See the Profile for Marie   Click Here to Email Marie     Edit/Delete Message

Vincent Dunoyer [BELGIUM]
The Princess Project, duo/prelude
Espace Tangente
Festival International du Nouvelle Danse

Choreographed by: Vincent Dunoyer

Performed by: Vincent Dunoyer, Sarah Ludi

Music: Hubert Machnik, Velvet Unnderground

Video: Michael Schlund, Reiner Wolff

Programming this piece midway through the last week of a three week festival was not the best plan. Vincent Dunoyer has crafted an exquisite minimalist work but these days everyone I meet in the lobby before any of the shows looks tired or hung-over, or a little bit of both. Anything that isn't a real slap in the face can go by in a blur.

That aside, Dunoyer's Princess Project begins with a film that is a short introduction. Poetic text details the concept, two people having the same dream. As the video ends Dunoyer sits with his back to the audience, feet together, knees flat on the floor. He watches the ghost like images of dancers move across the screen of the small television that is sitting on the ground, at the back of the stage close to the scrim. He rocks slowly until he stretches his legs and shifts from side to side moving himself around the space. He never makes eye contact with the audience in the small theatre, he barely raises his eyes from the floor, even when he stands up and slowly repeats some simple movement phrases. It's a brave move at the best of times to work against the audience by not drawing them in and engaging them, but here it may have been the kiss of death in terms of whether the weary audience cared about seeing the rest of the work.

When "Act Two" comes up on the screen Dunoyer turns towards the audience, repeating much of the same movement from Act 1, but facing downstage. We see his filmed image. He mirrors the movement on film. Sometimes his image is repeated on film and he mirrors the mirror image of himself dancing.

In Act Three, Dunoyer has left the stage, and the audience is seated in darkness listening to the Velvet Underground's I'm Set Free. People shift and cough, some, I'm sure, go to sleep. I like to listen to music in the dark and the last three extremely busy weeks of the festival make me appreciate just sitting and enjoying the song instead of having to watch someone move and figure out what the heck they're trying to say and how I'm going to explain it all in print. Maybe I've been doing too much yoga lately, but meditative moments don't seem as boring to me as they apparently do to some of the audience. And I've always been a fan of the Velvet Underground. That probably helped.

When Dunoyer reappears on stage near the end of the song to begin duo/prelude, he brings Sarah Ludi with him. They stand in darkness until the song finishes. Dunoyer lies on the ground and Ludi walks a path around his body, stepping carefully and deliberately. He shifts, repeatedly changing her pathway. This continues on for quite awhile until Ludi finally lays herself down on Dunoyer and they begin a slow duet of each one shifting and the other moving in response. The conclusion was somewhat unclear, the audience wasn't sure when they should begin to clap, a sure sign that the ending could use a little reworking.

I'm looking forward to seeing Dunoyer again, when I'm more alert and less hung-over (I'm joking of course, the show was at 5:30 in the afternoon, I hadn't even started drinking yet.)

I'm Set Free
The Velvet Underground
(Lou Reed, 1969)

I've been set free and I've been bound
To the memories of yesterday's clouds
I've been set free and I've been bound

And now I'm set free
I'm set free
I'm set free to find a new illusion

I've been blinded but
Now I can see
What in the world has happened to me
The prince of stories who walk right by me

And now I'm set free
I'm set free
I'm set free to find a new illusion

I've been set free and I've been bound
Let me tell you people
what I found
I saw my head laughing
rolling on the ground

And now I'm set free
I'm set free
I'm set free to find a new illusion

[This message has been edited by Marie (edited October 05, 2001).]

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