Field Study No. 1

Concept & Choreography: Ivar Hagendoorn
Dancers: Irene Cortina González and Camille Revol
Music: John Zorn a.o.
Date: 1 November 2009 (try-out)
Place: Villa Ockenburgh, The Hague.

Field Study No. 1 is a dance installation performance. Basically, the construction of the installation is the performance and the installation is the material fallout of the dance.

The piece is based on a series of concepts, such as stacking, aligning, balancing and so on, which are then associated with the objects. Thus, all of the dancers' actions, in so far as they pertain to an object, are systematic and, in principle, reproducible. The connections between objects give rise to a rich field of associations and conceptual blends. The intermittent "dance movements" derive from the objects and their interrelations through various direct or metaphorical operations.

There are two versions: one with found material and one with a set list of material. The dance and the installation are different on each occasion. After each performance visitors can visit the installation and watch a video recording of its construction. At the end of the day the installation is dismantled and rebuilt during the next performance. Visitors can thus compare different installations.

The piece was inspired by the work of cognitive scientists Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner on conceptual integration and by the work of French philosopher Jacques Ranciere. Obviously there are also "art historical" references to Jason Rhoades, whose work I greatly admire, Keith Tyson and Joseph Beuys.

Museums and galleries are always closed during the installation of new exhibitions. I always wondered how large scale installations such as those by Jason Rhoades were actually set up and wished that it was not hidden from public view. I have also for a long time been fascinated by construction work and manual labour, which I think can be fascinating to watch. No joking!

This was a try-out. Thank you to all the people who came to see us despite the torrential rain. Shown here is an excerpt.