POETIC RECOUNTS SHAPE A NEW TYPE OF DANCE IN ZURICH

BY Julia Pfister

 Photography Virieno Christina Zakiesato

Photography Virieno Christina Zakiesato

 
 
 
 
 Photography Virieno Christina Zakiesato

Photography Virieno Christina Zakiesato

 
 
 
 
 Photography Virieno Christina Zakiesato

Photography Virieno Christina Zakiesato

POETIC RECOUNTS SHAPE A NEW TYPE OF DANCE IN ZURICH

BY Julia Pfister


The pre show chatter ended as the dancer Virieno Christina Zakiesato sat on a chair with eyes closed, as if out of a scene. Seconds went by. Then she stood up and entered slowly the beginning scene. From the calmness a dynamic change happened. She began running in a gradually progressive rhythm. Her face was showing fear and anger. Her gazes direct and clear transporting her emotions. Then there was a walking and running to and away from the wall on the opposite of the audience. Like a crescendo of fleeing but also fighting to overcome stress with more and more strength in the eyes.

She walked slowly from the wall to the audience in a straight line. Then she stood still, looking friendly at the audience. Her gaze was calm and loving. The moment had a long effect. It reminded me of the act of facing your fears.

Virieno made various changes of dynamics, positions and energy levels each one representing a different response to stress. She then stood still and frozen her gaze and body. She then danced very coordinated fast steps to a rhythmical song in close proximity to the viewer, which looked like pure enjoyment a moment of stress free movement. After the show we learned that these fast moving steps were elements of the folk dance in Nagaland, India.

A special moment of putting the focus on the breath in the body while a video of her was in the background projected. On the video she was also breathing intensely. While performing simultaneously, her authentic movements created a shadow, which worked brilliantly as it built a constant new moving image for the audience.

Virieno was for a moment wearing a cape. The cape offered a traditional image. Through her facial expressions and movement variety, she truly took the viewer on a journey of different emotional states of mind. Offering instinctive reactions and physiological responses.

The live music of Marc Rossier on his tools, synthesizers and on the e-guitar underlined the theme and the emotions of the dancer.  In finale, true evening length journey worth exploring further.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Julia Pfister-Mischkowski a dance student, and artist is based between Zurich and Berlin. Julia began training classical ballet as a child. She discovered Yoga and Meditation and restarted classical Ballet and Contemporary training with Priska Habegger with whom she also dances with. Dance-theatre group of Priska Habegger. Julia has performed at the Kunsthaus Zurich. She is interested in classical ballet and movement research to enlarge the vocabulary and strength for improvisation. Soon to join Hakvutza Contemporary Dance School in Tel Aviv in October 2017 while simultaneously training in the movement language Gaga.