Slow Show is an intensive and agitated dance whose visible repercussions are minimal, precise, concentrated. Presented for the first time with dance students from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the performance is rooted in the principles of trance, exultation, telepathy, and unconscious memories, revealing its strength and vivacity through movements slowed to the extreme, almost imperceptible, almost invisible. The invisible is not emptiness, nor is it calmness or absence. It is here as the sign of what happens, densely, inside the bodies.
The Slow Show brings together fifty amateur dancers at Luma Arles, Parc des Ateliers. After three days of work and preparation with Dimitri Chamblas, the group will present the performance in different areas of the Parc des Ateliers, adapting each to site-specific constraints; offering new perspectives to the public: complete or fragmented points of view, close-up or at distance; mirages moving in the dust and in the sounds produced for the occasion by Eddie Ruscha, echoing the site and its history.
Designed by choreographer Dimitri Chamblas, the Slow Show premiered in Los Angeles in February 2019 as part of the Shelter or Playground performance program organized by the MAK Center of Art and Architecture at Schindler House (Los Angeles, USA). On a music specially created by Eddie Ruscha, sound waves made of samples, live electronics, real sounds and guitar, twenty-two performers, professional dancers and dance students from CalArts, inhabited the space and time of this iconic house created in 1922 by the architect Rudolph M. Schindler et built with Clyde Chase in the West Hollywood district in Los Angeles. Bodies and sounds echo through the very foundations of the site: they evoke cohabitation, distances, forms; and they traverse individual and common spaces.
Slow Show in Arles is both a workshop, and a way for Arlesians to meet through a physical practice, to experience different states and intensities, to build an ephemeral community and to offer to a large audience a collective performance.
Music and sound
mario de lopez
The Luma Foundation was established in 2004 by Maja Hoffmann to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art and photography, publishing, documentary, and multimedia. The Foundation commissions and produces artistic projects combining a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.
The Luma Foundation and Luma Arles, founded in 2014 in support of the Arles project, are currently developing an experimental cultural center in the Parc des Ateliers in the city of Arles, France, working with a Core Group of artistic consultants (Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno and Beatrix Ruf) and the architects Frank Gehry and Annabelle Selldorf.
This ambitious project envisions an interdisciplinary center dedicated to the production of exhibitions and ideas, research, education, and archives and is supported by a growing number of public and private partnerships. Construction started after the ground-breaking ceremony in April 2014; the opening of the main building on campus is scheduled for 2020, while an artistic programme is already presented all-year round in the refurbished former railway warehouses.
Musician, artist and DJ based in Los Angeles, Eddie Ruscha develops a work that explores a diversity of mediums and disciplines. Graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1991, his work was presented as part of many international exhibitions. Eddie Ruscha has also realized an important music corpus under various names. His latest album “Who Are You”, released under the name E Ruscha V, was noticed by critics. Ruscha recently composed the soundtrack of several pieces designed by Dimitri Chamblas, presented at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles. In these performances, Ruscha uses a set of electronic musical instruments, sound effects and guitars to create amorphous musical ambiances, partly improvised, imagined merging with performances.