About

Mechanics of Movement is live dance performance inspired by Laban movement analysis, with the Icosahedron forms the focal point of the piece, with three performers explore the underlying principles of movement​​​​​​​. ​

The Laban Icosahedron is one of the most renown physical structures in dance. It is named after Rudolf Laban (1879-1958), who applied the five regular 3D objects to “harmonic” movement sequences, names “scales”.

The Icosahedron, upon which Laban bases his scales of movement, has been used in choreography as a framework for dance routines for many decades.

“I have always been interested in bringing the dance creations to more audiences by using non-conventional sites. ”

— Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh (Concept)

“I have always been interested in bringing the dance creations to more audiences by using non-conventional sites. ”

— Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh (Concept)

Cast:

  • Concept: Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh, Oliveira Jara
  • Choreographer: Anas Nahleh
  • Dance: Emran Alamareen, Oliveira Jara, Anas Nahleh, Raneem Nahhas
  • Original score: Zaid Sajdi
  • Visuals and installation: Ren

“My colleagues and I approach dance production in a way that regards the site as a flexible element of the performance, allowing it to become replaceable with a similar site in a different location, hence enabling works to move from place to place.”d

— Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh (Director)

The Process

In 2019, Studio 8 took part of the In/Out Festival curated and organized by Factory, an annual festival by the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts and created a live dance performance with a sculpture.

This performance was developed in spaces away from the confinements of theaters, with the intention to make work that stood  “for real life…actual contact…real experiences”. It was great experiences to expand our rehearsal and performance space to include parks, exhibition halls, galleries, stairs, warehouses, roofs, urban waste land.

The live performance took place at a vacant space in the centre of Amman and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts Park on the 22nd and 26th of October, 2019. 

We appreciate the efforts by the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts of inhabiting different public spaces, we hope our performances are more than just dancing outdoor, but live experiences that will – get amongst audiences, encircle them, lead them on journeys, play with them, and surprise them by appearing in unexpected places.

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