World Premiere on Stage at Théâtre De La Ville, Paris, 1988 Adapted For TV in 1989.
Choreography by Carolyn Carlson, Original Music by Joachim Kühn, Digital Mixing by Walter Quintus, Set Design by Frederic Pierre Robert, John Virke & Costume Design by Maritza Gligo.
Symbolic, spiritual and rich in contrast: Dark by Carolyn Carlson
Her body is long and slender – emaciated, almost. But certainly not lacking strength. Those distinctive lines – once in motion – are reminiscent of the rapid strokes of a calligrapher’s brush moving across a sheet of paper. Yet for all the spontaneity, every detail is considered. Nothing is left to chance. And the observer is given complete freedom to interpret the message the choreographer communicates in partnership with her performers, the composer and the designers of set, costume and lighting. Carolyn Carlson is a magician of ambiguity who transports her audience into a netherworld where life meets death. Her characters (or choreographic structures) are subject to constant metamorphosis. For the inspiration she offers, modern and contemporary dance owes a debt of gratitude to this purist of simplicity. The piece is set to an original score by Joachim Kühn, played on a piano, modified via a digital console. A company of eight dancers, including Carlson herself, perform Dark for this specially-shot studio recording.
BONUS: Making of Dark. Introduction by Carolyn Carlson
Sound Format: PCM STEREO
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Picture Format: 4:3
Running Time: 64 mins (Performance) + 17 mins (Introduction)
Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT (Introduction)