May 15, 2015 21:00
Empty moves consists of actions and movements inspired by the words and phonemes read by John Cage at the Teatro Lirico in Milan and recorded live on December 2nd, 1977.
The notion of an alienation effect, the deconstruction of movement and a new expression of choreographic phrasing prevail over the definition and essence of the movements.
Thus the piece establishes a link with Henry David Thoreau’s text, which was the inspiration for John Cage, and a connection to the unflinching determination of the instigator of that evening in Milan.
“… Preljocaj at his best, pushing to the limits an abstract and sensual dance where the couples appear to be continually embracing. One moment they are balancing on the tips of their toes, the next extending a leg over their head, all without apparent effort. The best is yet to come in this innovative piece for four, when the dancers interlock and appear to move as one. The choreographer’s passion for the body is so evident that it is impossible to disengage oneself. Angelin Preljocaj, one of the few choreographers who create a score for their dance pieces, has a culture of movement, which he loves to share and which is highly enjoyable. Empty moves, a looping cycle of movements, ends where it begins, as close as possible to this imaginary course.”
Les Échos, 13 April 2006