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Why this installation?
It is my way of dealing with the tension between reality and imagination. And it is my attempt to stop the time for a fraction of a second, and take time to look at it quietly... Performing artists are trained to reproduce such an emotional state in an instant.
A photographic image is a guillotine, separating us from the past and the future, and at the same time bringing both back together in the moment of exposure. The result is "frozen choreography". These images of this motionless theatre will survive the performer for many years to come...
Sabine is photographed simultaneously from the front and from the back. Torn apart by what was and what will be, in all its irrational forms. I made these images because I am fascinated by Sabine’s gift to change with the years, and by her ability to express her ever changing emotional world. Her ability to make a "truthful reproduction of emotions". It is another step in our creative relationship... Another step of holding on, and letting go...
Jiří Kylián, May 2016
images and concept Jiří Kylián | artist Sabine Kupferberg (and her duplicate) | music J.S. Bach, Kunst der Fuge, Kontrapunktus 1, Glenn Gould (piano) | photography advisor Joris Jan Bos | artistic assistant Patrick Marin | light design and technical supervision Loes Schakenbos | make-up artist (photos) Sara Meerman | project management Carmen Thomas, Kylian Productions BV
Free Fall is a production fully produced by Kylian Productions BV (NL) and made possible by Korzo producties (NL). World Première presentation 7-14 mei 2016 at Korzo theater, The Hague
On 21 March 2017 master choreographer and native son of The Hague Jiří Kylián turned 70. The Holland Dance Festival, Kylián Productions and Foundation, the Zuiderstrandtheater, Korzo theater and Productions and Nederlands Dans Theater will celebrate his birthday in style with an eclectic festival: Celebrating Kylián! Throughout the year various aspects of Kylián’s multifaceted artistry will be presented.