About the performance: Abois


Fri & Sat, August 22 & 23, 2014 at 8:00pm
FREE Admission (Suggested Donation: $15)
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SF International Arts Festival presents Myriam Gourfink, the artistic director of Paris based loldanse in the evening length solo performance Abois set to live electronic music composed and played by Kasper Toeplitz.

The meaning of Abois
Within the context of the piece, Abois refers to

  • The animalistic quality of the human being: literally it could mean a dog barking into the unknown.
  • It also means to be "at bay" and is seen as a way to consider the world, and to face the world alone: in the piece there are two separate spaces: one for the dancer, the other one for the musician; there are two cries. It is as if the two separate elements both experience loneliness.
  • "Un abois farouche" which means a fierce bark (farouche: not tame or wild).
  • "Un abois farouche" can also refer to Beaudelaire: the romantic vision of being alone, here in the piece the desire for each of us to place oneself alone to face the audience.
Wearing spotted gray leopard boots and matching top, Myriam follows the rhythm of her own breath as she develops a very organic set of gestures. The dancer moves in a fascinating, extremely meticulous manner, organizing her points of contact with infinite precision. In her movement she pushes off in equal measure from her knees, elbows, toes, shoulders, and buttocks. The continuous movement transforms, barely noticeably, as the musician churns out pulsating sounds of grating air and drones that start to sound like a ringing in your ears. We end up with the impression of seeing the dancer’s body in slow motion free-fall.