Looking Up at Down – a dance performance with live music by Suzy Blok & Alexander Balanescu
Under the name of Blok&Steel Suzy Blok presented the production “Looking Up at Down”: an exceptional collaboration with the Rumanian/British composer – musician Alexander Balanescu. The festival premiere took place on 18 June 2002 at the Oerol Festival (Terschelling). The performance then toured in 2002 and 2003.
“Looking Up at Down” is a dance production featuring live music. Alexander Balanescu composed music especially for this piece, which was performed live with Alexander Balanescu on violin, Regteren Altena (cello) and Miny Dekkers (accordion). The dancers were Christopher Steel, Kenneth Flak, Kelly Hirina and Yukio Tomino/Gabrielle Uetz. The central theme of ‘Looking Up at Down’ focuses on the kind of events that leave an indelible impression and influence the course of an individual’s life. The dance and music interpret moments of loneliness, intimacy, passion, desperation or danger. These kinds of determining events, and the turning points that they effect, were transformed into the physical and theatrical dance movements that form the core of Blok&Steel’s work.
Balanescu and Blok&Steel met 10 years earlier in London where they collaborated on an assignment for the Spring Loaded Festival.
Looking Up at Down was a co-production of Satori Foundation and the Paradiso-Melkweg Production Company. This production was made possible with the financial support from the Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Paradiso-Melkweg Productiehuis, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Amsterdam, VSB Fonds and Het Kersjes van de Groenekan Fonds.