>conjunto di nero by emio greco / pc
>reviewed by ma shaoling
6 jun 2004
CONJUNTO DI NERO is a dance about dance, the subject of which strikes at the conception of time. If time is understood as movements in space, and a moving object can only be seen in light, the concentration of a dancer's visibility can shape our very perception of time itself. Under Pieter C. Scholten's direction and Emio Greco's choreography, CONJUNTO DI NERO has neither beginning nor end. The repetition of distinctively-enunicated phrases - sharp, long-held poses, bending into sudden drops to the floor; sounds of techno collage muting into silence and then arias; soft, mellow lighting that unexpectedly blow up to illuminate the stage - these are all memorable not so much in their contrasts but in their continuation and assimilation into one another.
>>'The stage lighting may be concealing some unknown presence while revealing some other presumed absence.'
dance is not used as a medium to convey a message in a physical form,"
instead, "Greco and Scholten show that movement is self-sufficient
and capable of creating time and space" (programme notes). Hence,
when Greco appears towards the latter part of the performance in a white
woven dress instead of the previous black shade, or when the lighting
switches from a top-down overcast to a row of red bulbs lit from the edges
of the stage, we may free ourselves from the need to dwell on the symbolic
significance of colour differentiations. One critical sequence features
all the dancers, who after a phrase of neat synchronisation, move freely
in random positions on stage. We concentrate solely on the interplay between
their individual shadows that sometimes coincide with another, between
the uneven tones of darkness and lightness that are created by the frenzy
of arms and limbs. Time seems to be passing incidentally as each dancer
fuses his or her energy with space. In that duration, we are returned
to the beginning of CONJUNTO DI NERO, which with or without us has never
been hesitant to dance.