At the Riley Theatre
The digital merges with the physical in this surreal double bill from European choreographers, tipped as some of the freshest dance makers in Europe by Aerowaves 2018.
In FORECASTING by Giuseppe Chico and Barbara Matijevic, carefully edited YouTube footage playing on a laptop dictates the choreography. We witness as a performer seemingly reaches behind the screen to interact with the images it contains - a dizzying, hybrid experience. The screen becomes a site for the intersection between body and image, and a new form of storytelling emerges.
Likes by Núria Guiu is a fresh choreographic look at the presence of the body in the digital age. Analysing two popular Youtube phenomena - cover dance tutorials and Yoga technique videos - the artist discusses the value of a “like” in today’s hyper-networked, always-online world.
Ticket offer: see FORECASTING/ Likes for just £5 when you book a ticket to IRL? - a symposium
Giuseppe Chico and Barbara Matijević have been collaborating together since 2007, after meeting as performers in Joris Lacoste’s Purgatory.
Born in Croatia, Barbara joined Kombinirane Operacije in 2003, under the direction of Sasa Bozic, working for the company as a dancer, movement assistant, actress and choreographer. She participated in Parisian dancer Boris Charmatz’s project Bocal, which assembled 15 dance, theatre and visual artists and explored performative approaches to teaching dance. As well as teaching dance at the Art Academy in Osjek, Barbara has worked with actor and producer Bruno Marino, Belgian choreographer David Hernandez, photographer Igor Kuduz, Slovenian director Bojan Jablanovec and many more artists across various disciplines.
Born in Italy, Giuseppe studied theatre at the Abeliano Tina Tempesta and Antonella Porfido in Bari. After several years as a professional basketball player, he pursued his theatre practice with Robert McNeer at the theatre Kismet, working frequently with set designer Paolo Baroni. In 2000 he moved to Paris and studied dance and composition with artists including Joao Fiadeiro, Vera Montero, Julyen Hamilton and Mark Tompkins, as well as performing with Mille Plateaux Associés Company.
Dancer and choreographer Núria Guiu graduated from Barcelona’s Institut del Teatre and joined ITDansa Young Company. Since then she has worked as a performer with various companies including Gisele Vienne, Cullberg Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company (Kamuyot, Riksteatern/Sweden), Carte Blanche Dance Company, Jasmin Vardimon Company and others.
Since 2015 she has been an Associate Artist at Sala Hiroshima de Barcelona. For the past four years she has been collaborating with Arco Renz, Artistic Director of Kobalt Works, on projects based in Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Korea; she has also worked as a choreographic assistant for Gisele Vienne’s new work Crowd.
As a choreographer, Núria is interested in using anthropology studies to explore physical practices in relation to digital culture.