Concept/Performance : Chantal Yzermans
based on a solo performance of Merce Cunningham ‘Totem Ancestor’ and the musical composition by John Cage (1942)
ARTinternational Istanbul 2014 , September 25-27
Halic Congress Center Istanbul, Turkey
Chantal Yzermans, has identified, brought together and plays around with mutual common- denominators held between seemingly estranged factors. Namely, primal nature and advanced science, elitist and mass culture and entertainment, public and private experience. (Douglas Park, London, 2014)
During ARTinternational Istanbul 2014 , the choreographer Chantal Yzermans was invited to present her first intervention based on the appropriation of 'TOTEM ANCESTOR'. A solo dance work made and danced by the American choreographer Merce Cunningham in 1942. Merce Cunningham made this solo for himself in 1942, in the spring of his talent as a soloist, on a musical composition made by John Cage. Transforming the legal restrictions surrounding the intellectual properties of this solo by Merce Cunningham, this solo was danced by Chantal Yzermans in a private space in Istanbul, while the auditory/breathing interpretation of this performance was shared publicly during the Istanbul ARTinternational and through live streaming .