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Atomic 5.1

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Ula Sickle
Performance: 20 min (2010)

“Strobos” means whirlwind in ancient Greek and scope and comes from “skopeďn”, which means to observe. The 5 stroboscopic lamps (Martin Atomic 3000’s) used in the performance are placed in a circular formation making reference to this etymology. By placing the lights at different angles, but aiming at a same object or direction, a change of position (or a movement) is perceived even when there is no real movement. It is the opposite of the stroboscopic effect in which a movement caught in a flash of light seems still or frozen. This arrangement and the choreographic research play with real movement (the dancer who moves) and fictional movements (the alternating light and the angle of light). The sound produced by the lamps, amplified and modulated, becomes a subtle musical score.

The performer, caught in this whirling light, resembles an animated figure, recalling the first animated films, but also current 3-D imagery - the angled light produces an unexpected sensation of depth. The set-up is a sort of ‘live-image making machine’, using a simple technology, intimately linked to the history of cinema.


Concept & Performance: Ula Sickle / Live Sound: Yann Leguay / Light programmation: Ula Sickle / Pure Data development: Jean-Marie Boyer / Dramaturgy : Shila Anaraki / Choreographic assistant: Ramona Nagabczynska, Elisabeth Schilling & Artémise Ploegaerts / Production assistant: Guylaine Huet / Residency: Teatr Nowy (Warsaw), WorkSpaceBrussels (Brussels) & Les Brigittines (Brussels) / With the support of Brigittines & Teatr Nowy / Production: Le Fresnoy

Video performance: Franziska Aigner / Camera : Guillaume Brault / Electrician : Sylvain Briant / Editing & Color Calibration: Pauline Pirisnury / Atomic 3000 rental: Axyom / Production Le Fresnoy


Premičre: Le Fresnoy June 9th, 2010 / Working Title Festival December 15th & 16th, 2011