赤裸之外

more than naked 

小劇場,無劃位,可盤腿坐最前排Small theatre, free seating, audiences can sit on the floor on the first few rows.
在「星人」劇場上演The show was in ‘starman’ theatre
劇場在藝術村,塗鴉很多Theatre is in the art village, lots of graffiti
藝術村好似由舊工廠改建而成Old factories turn into art village
劇場內的畫Drawing inside the theatre
劇場內男女共用的廁所!Unisex toilet in the theatre
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雖然塔林的airbnb host、風景、食物都強差人意,可說是整段旅程最令人失望的地方,但在塔林看了一場在香港絕對看不到的現代舞,那場表演簡直驚為天人,真是可遇不可求,令我啓發良多,看到那場表演,在塔林再沮喪都值了!

 

那場表演叫赤祼之外(More Than Naked),創作者是Doris Uhlich,演出約一小時,2013年8月在ImPulsTanz維也納國際舞蹈節首演,賣點是:全員赤祼!

 

劇場後方只有一張長桌,Doris Uhlich身兼DJ,約廿位男女舞者赤裸上陣,高矮肥瘦都有,年約20至40歲,整場表演一句對白也無,舞者們表演不同動作,例如抖動不同部份的肌肉(肚腩、拜拜肉等),二、三人一組跳上跳下、叠人牆等等。

 

我猜舞者們是在探索身體吧,不同身體有不同長短處,肥舞者雖然跳不高,但肌肉卻抖動得絕美;瘦舞者雖然跳得輕巧,肌肉卻不夠脂肪抖動,身體無所謂完美不完美,因應不同境況而適應合作,才是和諧。

 

舞者們的動作很簡單,配合音樂跑跑跳跳;其實觀眾早就見過舞者們的動作,就像剛會走路的小孩,每天跑跑跳跳,不停探索自己的身體,所不同的是,在劇場中是裸體的成年人。

 

裸體一向引人暇想,「有嘢目及」大概是普遍反應,觀眾有男有女,一早知道所有舞者都全裸演出,由最初面對裸體的鴉雀無聲,到後來理解探索身體的意思(每組動作在探索過程中不斷進化,例如「叠人牆」,開始叠一人,然後兩人,愈加愈多人),觀眾慢慢有笑聲(例如叠人牆失敗),這場演出成功剝下觀眾的面具,觀眾慢慢看到的不止是裸體,而是身體的探索與趣味。

裸體除了引起大眾注意,也摒除衣物的煩瑣,摒除衣服隱含的權力暗示,裸體是最直接、最坦蕩蕩的交流,觀眾在開場時緘默如成人,完場時大笑如小孩,整場演出,帶領觀眾走了一趟返老還童。

 

藝術往往很簡單,一個學行小孩可能日日都跑跑跳跳,換了裸體成人來做,加上編排,配合音樂,就是舞蹈,並且是能傳達理念的藝術。

 

如果未來有長者版,仲勁!

長者的皺紋身體與遲緩動作,往往不受推崇,落在Doris Uhlich手上,如何化腐朽為神奇呢?好期待呀……

 

 

官網:http://www.dorisuhlich.at/en/projects/29-more-than-naked

大相攝影:© Theresa Rauter

 

 

Although the Airbnb host, scenery and food disappointed me a lot in Tallinn but I see a modern dance show which absolutely can’t be seen in Hong Kong. That performance is just absolutely amazing and inspired me a lot and it is my great fortune that I can see it. All the sadness in Tallinn would be worth just for seeing that performance!

 

The performance is called More Than Naked. The choreography is Doris Uhlich. The performance lasts around an hour. The Premiere was in ImPulsTanz/ International Dance Festival Vienna on August 2013 and the gimmick is: everyone is naked on stage!

 

There is a long table in the bottom part of the stage. Doris Uhlich is the DJ of the performance. There are around 20 naked dancers on stage from 20-40 years old with different body shape (tall, short, fat, thin). There is NO dialogue thought out the whole performance. Dancers performance different set of actions like shaking their muscles (belly, arm…etc), jumping up and down with a group of 2 to 3 people, human-wall building…etc.

 

I guess the dancers are exploring their bodies. Different bodies have different potential and demerit. A fat dancer can’t jump high but shake the body well. A thin dancer jump high but can’t shake the body well. There is no perfect or imperfect body. People are always have to co-operation in different situation.

 

The movement of the dancers is simple. They run, jump, walk and roll with the music. Audiences must have seen those movements before—just like a kid who just know how to walk and exploring its own body. The main difference is naked adults on stage.

 

Naked bodies always associated with fantasy. There are both male and female audiences in the theatre and the audiences knew there would be a ‘naked performance’ before they enter the theatre. The audiences are silent and sit still when they are facing 20+ naked bodies on stage in the beginning of the performance. The movement of the dancers evaluated (such as 1 person, then 2 persons, then 3 persons and more dancers joined in human-wall building) and the audiences understand the meaning of exploring bodies. Audiences even LAUGH in the end of the performance (if the human-wall building fail). This performance tore down the mask of the audiences and they can see beyond naked bodies with an exploring and interest of bodies.

Being naked can be a gimmick for publication and get rid of the bondage of clothing. Being naked can also exclude the power implement of clothing. Being naked is the most direct communication.

The audiences silent as adults in the beginning of the performance but laugh like a child when the show ends. This performance seems lead the audiences walking a journey of rejuvenate.

 

Art is always simple. A child runs and jumps everyday. When naked adults runs and jumps like kids, with chorography, with music and it becomes dancing, an art that can pass on concepts.

 

 

I wish there would be elder version!

Wrinkles on bodies and slow motion of elder people may not always be welcome in modern society. How would Doris Uhlich twist with this concept and turn it into art? I am so looking forward…

 

 

Official website:http://www.dorisuhlich.at/en/projects/29-more-than-naked

Cover photo:© Theresa Rauter