Open House 2020

Mansholt/Cowie

 

Silke Mansholt, the German artist, presents series of paintings, collages and drawings including 'Frau Auch zu Hause', 'Tangos Cubanos' and 'Danzas de Amor que se Fue'. The designs were used in ballets by choreographer Billy Cowie for 'Danza Contemporanea de Cuba' and Luciana Croatto and extracts of these dances will also be screened as part of the exhibition at times to be announced here.

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THIS EXHIBITION HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THE AUTUMN OF 2020

 

 

FRAU AUCH ZU HAUSE

Frau Auch zu Hause was choreographed by Billy Cowie for Luciana Croatto and previewed at Fiver Festival in Logrono in January 2020. It will be premiered in Madrid in the spring of 2020. The whole piece is imbued with a Punk sensibility clearly shown in the black leather outfit of the dancer and this anarchic stance shows the dancer’s contempt for the sentiments expressed in the accompanying words. The scenes for the pieces also emphasize this Punk anarchy and are specially commissioned graffiti type artworks by the German artist Silke Mansholt with each section of the work having its own ‘wall’.

 

DANZAS DE AMOR QUE SE FUE

Commissioned by Danza Contemporanea de Cuba with choreography by Billy Cowie and visual designs by Silke Mansholt. Premiered in Havana in spring 2019.

 

 

 

Tangos Cubanos 2015


Tangos Cubanos is a ballet with 20 dancers commissioned by Danza Contemporanea de Cuba revised in 2016 with two new sections and German subtitles for tour of Southern Germany/Switzerland. The piece through a series of poems in Spanish tells of a romantic encounter through the prism of the harsh living standards in present day Havana.
The dancers are immersed in vast visual panoramas by the German artist Silke Mansholt whereby the dancers movements are clarified and enhanced by the visual elements they are moving through.  A 3D version of the work was also created involving cutting edge shutter vision stereoscopy. A special documentary on the making of the work was commissioned by the British Council with interviews with the company, rehearsal footage and extracts from the live shows
The work was premiered in Havana on 14 Feb 2015 to ecstatic reviews (see below) and has since toured internationally including sold out performances at Bonn Opera House and Bolshoi Festival in Moscow.
The 3D version has been installed in Germany, Spain, Italy and UK.

 

 

 

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