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PHOTOS FROM PREMIERE (2004) &
TEATRO NELSON RODRIGUES (2006)
Isadora.Orb, The Final Metaphor is a piece based on the masters thesis by Ricky Seabra in which he designed a Module for the Arts for the International Space Station called The ISADORA Module named after Isadora Duncan. In this theater/dance piece designer Ricky Seabra and choreographer Andrea Jabor explore the poetics of sending artists into space to create works of art.
They present, for example, a history of art in space showing, the first song written in space and a replica of the first sculpture set on the moon. The piece flows between dance, object theater, story-telling and documentary. At times it becomes a manifesto against science's monopoly over space exploration.
Through metaphors of ocean and diving, depths and heights, the two artists meet virtually on a screen in a sort of live filmmaking creating poetic dialogues of image and movement. The public is always aware of how the projected images are being built as they watch the artists involved in the creative process on stage. As Seabra and Jabor delve into the poetic potential of zero gravity and orbital movement they seek to unveil 'The Final Metaphor'.
Isadora.orb cleverly mixes dance and audiovisuals.
by Kil Abreu, July 7, 2006
A song for Isadora
Firstly, the most stimulating thing about Isadora.Orb, The Final Metaphor is that it doesn't use new media just for the sake of the narcissitic exhibitionism of it's usage. It isn't exactly a theater piece, though it is built with theatricality. Nor is it necessarily performance, for it is too formal. It's an experiment which uses the clichés in vogue today but it spares itself from entering the hall of banality that pieces like this usually fall into: It is a multimedia stage event that samples elements from theater, dance, visual arts and electronic music.
This construction (in the literal sense of the word) that Andrea Jabor and Ricky Seabra bring from Rio is not concerned with erecting a fictional edifice full of details. It simply recounts an episode which, in and of itself, causes some bewilderment: an attempt by one guy to get approval for a project of a space module for artistic experimentation, The ISADORA Module, homage to the dancer who, in her childhood, claimed she was from the Moon.
What comes to fruition is a collage-narrative of the unapproved module. In this fantasy-plastique, both physical and audio, the duo from Rio creates some of the possibilities that occupying this impossible module would bring.
The charm of the piece lies in the use of explicitly technical artifices, such as projection of images, yet making them function in favor of poetic content. Even those who are bothered by the excessive use of technology in works of art cannot deny the stunning beauty, which they compose on a screen, of an experimental choreography in zero-gravity.
At this point, given the theme of the piece, what could have become a pointless exploration of a special effect becomes fun and pleasurable for the audience bringing them together under the same field of senses. And this is what theater does best: it's capacity to unite the human towards an esthetic objective but not necessarily with the same point of view, never loosing, however, a sense of the collective experience. A counterpoint to this is the beautiful and highly symbolic image in the performance: that of the monument to the fallen astronaut, that sleeps alone in a profound slumber during the long nights on the lunar surface.
Isadora.Orb, doesn't achieve, of course, it's well humored utopia of 'the final metaphor'. But it does indeed rescue us from the solitude of everyday drudgery and allows us to experience some really good moments of pleasure and poetry.
Photography by Manuel Jaskowiak & Ricky Seabra
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FORTALEZA: ISADORA.ORB, OCTOBER 18 FESTIVAL BIENAL DE DANÇA