Myriam Gourfink & Kasper Toeplitz


Marine, (2001)

Date and Time: Friday June 2, 7:00 PM
Saturday June 3 5:00pm
Sunday June 4 7:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse

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Myriam Gourfink
Kasper T. Toeplitz
Myriam Gourfink

Artist Information


Work Sample



Marine is a project of resonances based on a simple but bold principle; a solo full of sensory exchanges, organizing breathing, physical and emotional tensions, and supports. In this creation embodying a plastic, elastic purification of movement millimeter by millimeter, embedded in an incredible slowness, using the body’s metamorphosing forms. Gourfink chooses to immerse herself in a universe of micro-movement of breathtaking beauty, the impulse circulates and vibrates under the impregnation of a subsonic music, passing from one member of the body to another, literally opening up space.


Myriam Gourfink
The respiratory techniques of yoga are at the source of Myriam Gourfink’s endeavors. The idea is to seek after the inner urge that leads to movement. Guided by breath, the organization of bases of support is extremely exact, while the consciousness of space is shaky. The dance becomes slow, tedious within continuous time. This knowledge of movement and space makes possible the conception of choreographies without studio rehearsal. Thanks to what it suggests of a dance situation, there is no need to move in order to feel dance : the senses and the intellect reconstitute it. As do musicians, she uses a symbolic writing system to compose the geometrical universe and poetic evolution of dance. Having studied Labanotation with Jacqueline Challet Haas, she undertook a quest, using this system as a point of departure, for the formalizing of her own compositional language. Each choreography encourages the performer to be conscious of his acts and of whatever passes through him. The scores activate his participation : he makes choices, carries out operations, confronts the unexpected within the written text, to which he responds instantly.




Kasper Toeplitz
Kasper Toeplitz is a French composer and musician of Polish origin, born in 1960. He lives in Paris. Kasper has worked with academic research organizations, such as GMEM, GRM, IRCAM, and Radio-France, as well as with experimental musicians, such as Éliane Radigue, Zbigniew Karkowski, Dror Feiler, Tetsuo Furudate, Phill Niblock and Art Zoyd . Citing Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis as influences, his early work was mostly written for traditional instruments. He received several prizes and distinctions for these works: 1st prize in composition for orchestra at the festival of Besançon, 1st prize in the Opéra Autrement/Acanthes competition, Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs in New York, prize Léonard de Vinci in San Francisco, Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, and DAAD in Berlin. He has also written for his electric guitar orchestra, Sleaze Art. He then integrated computers into his work, via the programming language MAX.
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