Solid Gold

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Ula Sickle, Dinozord & Yann Leguay
Performance: 25 min (2010)

Created with and performed by Dinozord, a contemporary dancer from Kinshasa, Solid Gold traces the roots of Hip Hop, from traditional African dance to forms of entertainment dance from Broadway and Hollywood to MTV. As the solo moves from one hit dance style to the next, and from one epoch to another, the amplified steps of one dance become the sound score for the next. Gradually the dancers movement and breath becomes a musical score providing the impulse for the next dance.

Inspired by the 1979 American television show of the same name, where the previous year’s musical hits were performed in playback by a chorus of dancers, Solid Gold seems to take up the codes and cliches of black performers onstage. And yet through the sound score and the presence of the performer, it attempts to go beyond cliche to reveal the politics of these dances, to make them visible again.

Solid Gold is based on the video installation Looping the Loop (blue clip) and is part of a double bill with Jolie, a solo created for and with Jolie Ngemi.



Concept: Ula Sickle / Created with & performed by Dinozord / Sound concept & Design: Yann Leguay / Production: Caravan Production for Rebecca September vzw / Residencies: Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels), Les Bains Connectives (Brussels), KVS (Brussels), Tangente (Montreal) / Support: VGC - The Flemish Community of the Brussels Capital Region, Office franco-québécois de la jeunesse, the Canada Council for the Arts / Special thanks: Studios Kabako, Le Fresnoy & Rosas.

Première: March 4th - 7th, 2010 @ Tangente Laboratoire de la danse Contemporain, Montreal (CA), April 15th, 2010 @ KVS, Brussels (BE) / July 15th & 16th, 2010 @ Centre Culturel Francais, Kinshasa (DRC), February 12th & 13th @ Side Step Festival Zodiak, Helsinki (FI), June 9th & 10th, 2011 Kaaistudios, Brussels (BE), July 21st, 2011 - Platform Contemporain des Arts de la Scene, Institut Francais & KVS, Kinshasa (DRC), February 24, 2012 - Stadsschowburg Brugge (BE), March 17th & 18th - TanzQuartier Vienna (AT), October 20th & 21st, Teatr Nowy, Warsaw (PL), etc. see tour dates