A celebration of the performer
Player is an epic 16 min. solo with original music by Mikael Karlsson loosely based on Ravel's Bolero.
The ritualistic and energetic choreographic language is extremely demanding in its virtuosic technicalities to showcase the star dancers Osiel Gouneo and Whitney Jensen, two of the greatest virtuosos of their generations.
Proietto's creates a huge physical challenge for the performer as he explores the ritual of drama and performance.
The performer puts on a relentless "fight" against his or her own limits, truly pushing their capacity to the extreme, while mixing a large range of techniques and qualities enhanced by the kaleidoscopic, hypnotic and sensual video design and the powerful music.
Each of the 5 sections bringing out a different flavour and character to showcase the phenomenal talent and beauty from two of the most spectacular performers of our time.
Photos by Erik Berg
CHOREOGRAPHY, LIGHT & COSTUME DESIGN Daniel Proietto
MUSIC Mikael Karlsson
CONDUCTOR Terje Boye Hansen
VIDEO DESIGN Martin Flack
DANCE Osiel Gouneo or Whitney Jensen
Commissioned and produced by DNO&B
"Daniel Proietto, who brought his Cygne to DSF in 2014, now brings Player, a sleek and stylish solo for Whitney Jensen, danced to a commissioned score from Mikael Karlsson. It’s a tour de force for Jensen who runs a gamut of moods. She shows quirky, doll-like nonchalance in the opening front cloth sequence before the curtain rises, exposing an empty stage backed by an extremely clever digital display of Jensen multiplied to Busby Berkley quantities. The pattern on her costume is repeated on the backdrop and, driven by Karlsson’s score and her own fierce energy, she delivers a dynamic display of skill before a reflective close finishing, like Degas’s little dancer, standing reflectively in fourth position."
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