Etudes: Amsterdam + everyone
John Moran (US/DE)
The works of US composer and choreographer John Moran are extremely precise sequences of gestures and movements that performers* perform in complete synchronicity with previously recorded voices and sounds. For the viewer, this creates a kind of “hyper-realism”. In “everyone”, Moran and dancers Jule Oeft , Kristin Mente and Yamile Navarro explore the universal gestures and rhythms of life from birth to death. A soundtrack of human voices and sounds from all over the world is accompanied by individual “choreographic musical portraits”. Their arrangement on stage follows the musical form of a fugue and poses universal questions about the essence of human existence.
The solo “Etudes: Amsterdam” looks back on J. Moran’s days in the port city. A sound collage of sampled everyday sounds can be experienced. Moran’s exact embodiments include a waltz of dancing Italians, a ten-year-old playing poker and a stuck Englishman. Images and stories that miraculously turn into self-portraits.
John Moran began his career in New York in the late 80s. Philip Glass is considered his mentor. In his operas J. Moran worked together with Uma Thurman, Iggy Pop and Allen Ginsberg. Since 2008 Moran has been producing mainly in Europe. In 2017 he worked on a new version of his opera “The Manson Family” in HELLERAU.