Tag: collaboration

Dream Sequence Research

The study of film through its re-implementation on stage with light and movement, taking both film and theater out of their comfort zones. An attempt to find out where the imagination of today’s audiences can lie and how idiosyncratic the dreams of theater and film really are in comparison.

A 3 month research supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR

Research partners: Silvia Bennett, Janne Ebel, Bilawa Respati, Yvonne Sembene

Many thanks to Anni Lattunen and Wiesen55 e.V.

Photo: stills from the video by Janne Ebel assembled by Emese Csornai in the spirit of Edweard Muybridge.
(Photos feature Rihanna, Romy Schneider as seen by Henri Georges Clouzot, and a blurry millenial pause)

Zoo mantras a.k.a. Sleepwalkers/ reconstruction

In the framework of Tierforme(l)n, a small festival that took place at Sophiensaele, I was lighting Zoo mantras and an improvisation entitled Tierforme/l/n, 2017 September.

Simone Forti is an iconic figure of dance of today, and she took this place in the most unpretentious manner. For me the interest to participate came from different motivations: I have been a longtime admirer of Capoeira Angola, so for me examining interpretation and intentions of embodying animal behavior, experiencing an array of objectives was important. To make a reconstruction of an existing work never happened before in my working life. I took on the challenge of the expectation of staying visually quiet, yet bringing another direction and rhythm into the room, and bring a tone of presence to the performance. I was glad to work together with unpretentious performing artists who would playfully channel the work.

This was my first time working at Sophiensaele, and this was a dream for me from years before I moved to Berlin. Not only was I working there, but I was making lighting design for two rooms in the same week. One idea to brush through two completely different rooms, in one improvised, in another scripted, with the video reference of Simone Forti’s original performance.

Choreography and Original Performance: Simone Forti
Dance: Claire Filmon and Martin Nachbar

Dramaturgy: Sigrid Gareis
Light: Emese Csornai

Photos by: Renata Chueire

Production management: Susanne Beyer


The piece of Aline Landreau explores both the feeling of losing ground and that of finding it again, in focusing on the different notions of foundation and (under)ground. What kind of structures are carrying us, concretely as well as metaphorically ? From which areas emerges the desire to set (down) movement and voice, until gesture and speech appear, in the temporary common space proposed by the piece ?

I have collaborated with Bruno Pocheron on lighting this work, him designing a system of communication between vvvv, and parameters of sound input, choosing color, me drawing upon the dramaturgy of the piece and designing the rest what concerns light for the performance. I have been imagining a finite place (that has been represented by the set) and made it appear unstable in a variety of ways. The choreography lead us out from this microcosm to a much broader space with a different orientation.

Full cast:

Concept: Aline Landreau
Performance, voice and text: Aline Landreau, Sébastien Chatellier
Music: Antoine Monzonis-Calvet
Light: Emese Csornai, Bruno Pocheron
Scenography: Aline Landreau, Bruno Pocheron
Dramaturgic advice: Thomas Schaupp
Costumes and outside eye: Marion Montel
Vocal coaching: Ute Wassermann

Photos by Dieter Hartwig

Production Raisa Kröger / M.i.C.A. – DE, Charlotte Giteau & Sandrine Barrasso / Météores – FR
PR Barbara Gstaltmayr
Coproduction Tanzfabrik – funded by Senate of Berlin for Culture and Europe, La Cabine / Le Pad Angers, Honolulu Nantes (FR).
With the support of the city of Nantes, CCNN – National Choreographic Center of Nantes, the Loire Atlantique Department, the Région Pays de la Loire, CNDC Angers, Wiesen.55 Berlin and Fonds Transfabrik – the French-German fund for performing arts.      

24th of November 2017 • GRAND HUIT, Honolulu and CCNN – National choreographic center, Nantes
1st and 2nd of June 2017 • Tanzfabrik Berlin

The Forerunner

Solo performance of Julyen Hamilton, for which I designed lighting at Dock11 in July 2015.

The FORERUNNER’ is the descendent of actions past bringing strands of insight for the future.
He is the pioneer of the next moment; he is apart;
He was born multiple times; he is wild card, thief, idiot and sage.
He speaks the moment and dances the present and dares to talk from
within his understanding to beyond its limits.
He says: ‘here…. a mirror if you wish’
In ‘The FORERUNNER’ full sentences and paragraphs stem from the body dancing and the mind and heart raving.

‘The FORERUNNER’ (performed so far in Germany, Iceland, Spain) follows ‘The Immaterial World’
which has been performed many times throughout Europe and the States and Russia.

(Text by Julyen Hamilton)

Concept / Dance / Decor / Text: Julyen Hamilton
Costume: Orlando
Lights: Emese Csornai
Cover photograph by Patrick Beelaert

Video link can be found here

Rest of the photographs are stills from the video recording made at Dock11 in July 2015

Abandon Human

This performance of Katie Duck and Sharon Smith is a joined venture of two women who are survivors, mothers, who love and carry on, who go deep in feelings and yet running the distance. In fact this is a performance of three women, two of which are mothers, three of which dressed in bikini for the show, as a tribute to a fourth woman.

Coming to think of which, the show is a performance containing plenty of women, who wrote songs without ever getting credited for, who were or are moms regardless of being thanked, who weren’t or couldn’t be moms,    who were the invisible hand, who were not ashamed of their feelings, their bodies, their roles…

  • Concept, creation and performance: Katie Duck, Sharon Smith
  • co-creation and lights: Emese Csornai

As Sharon Smith writes:

The inexpressible is contained inexpressibly in the expressed.
The title was a combination of ‘abandon ship’ and some sort of ‘you can’t run away from yourself’ reality check. Somehow, ‘being human’ is what we are stuck with.
The curse of the human must be all these feelings.
Having a child is a most vivid, unbearable emotion…  Irretrievable loss. You cannot put them back in, once they have torn themselves from your belly via vagina or scalpel, they set in motion a certain grief… a slow, life-long, death-looming loss. They leave you and leave you and leave you. And that is your job. To help them do just that.
The love is so strong that you can deal with their shit, their piss, their selfishness and their hatred… of you.
Katie and Sharon have daughters. It’s a woman thing. They have shared a friendship that has grown into family feelings over twenty years. This work seemed to explode all that, all those… feelings… all over the stage.
A soundtrack contains the action. It is haunted by female song writers who we love shamelessly and who we want to be in the room with us. There are others, but of course there is not enough space or time in one room (however grand) to include all the awesome women who wrote songs that speak through us and to us, in the work… in the life.
The performance took place at Dock11 in April 2017.
More information at: http://abandonhuman.com/
Photographs of the performance by Izabela Pacewicz-Wysocka