Wed 09.02.2011 07:00
preview >> Wednesday, February 9th, 19h00, Round Hall„preview” is the performance of transversal bodily dilemmas. It’s a test about being present without being seen. Manuel Pelmuş asks fundamental questions about the contours of the visible, accessible body. Sitting on a chair, he begins talking about himself, about the idea of the performance, about movement as it is depicted in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Pelmuş’s body is a why body. The performance forces the audience to activate its imaginative attention, its deep thinking. To understand what Pelmuş does means to understand where the conventional notions of movement stop functioning. Covered by dark, Pelmuş is felt, but is never seen. He provokes us to perceive the meaning of movement.
Text by Mihaela Michailov
Manuel Pelmuş is one of the most well-known representatives of Romanian dance in the international context. He studied dance at the “Floria Capsali” Dance School in Bucharest and at the Hamburg State Dance School before starting his own work in 1998.
Since 1998, he has developed numerous own projects and dance performances, which have been presented internationally in theatres, alternative places, galleries or festivals such as Tanz im August Berlin, TanzQuartier Wien, DeSingel Antwerp or Judson Church New York. He was invited as artist-in-residence by such institutions as DAAD Berlin, Tanz Quartier Wien, Centre National de la Danse Paris, etc.
His latest collaborations include dancers and choreographers Mart Kangro, Isabelle Schad, Thomas Lehmen, Brynjar Bandlien, Bruno Pocheron and Frederic Gies. His latest works, such as “Outcome”, “Punct Fix” “Still Lives” (by Schad, Pocheron, Gies and Pelmus) and “preview” have been presented in well-known festivals all over Europe and the United States.
In 2007 his solo “preview” was nominated in Ballettanz International as “important production of the season” by Austrian critic Helmut Ploebst.