Remote 2.0

Remote 2.0 is an interactive dance and music performance for flute, percussions, bass guitar, and dance. The original larger-scale version was created in 2018 and was based on a collaboration between several euregional partners.
The artistic leaders were dancer Audrey Apers and composer Paul Pankert.
The dancer’s movements are analysed by sensors, with the resulting data influencing electronic sound filters that transposed, distorted, deconstructed, and ampliefied the sounds of the various instruments as required in real time. The musical expression is no longer exclusively in the hands of three musicians and is now significantly influenced by others. The inspiration for this piece came from the Naomi Alderman’s dystopian novel The Power, which deals with power, manipulation, heteronomy and the abuse of power. A brief flute melody is repeated several times and electronically manipulated more and more insistently as an introduction. Threatening sounds from the bass guitar create a first demonstration of power. The flute’s expressive phrase that follows can hardly hold its own against recurring sound elements from the bass and percussion instruments. The central section is a passacaglia, a variation form in 3/4 time commonly used in baroque music; it depicts the subtle and then increasingly obvious abuse of power described in the novel that ultimately leads to the complete destruction and downfall of the social structure. This is followed by the Bach chorale Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir. Water-filled glasses, bowed with a violin bow, create a threadlike fragile sound for the principal theme. The novel ends with a ruined and hopeless society; this is musically represented by a recurring five-bar bass line whose monotony is brightened by a few percussion elements. A descending and disillusioned melody in the bass flute appears above the bass line, but finally disappears into nothingness. 

Paul Pankert, Composition

Hiroshi Wakamatsu, Choreographie

Clara Grosjean, dance

Achim Bill, Perkussion
Anne Davids, Flöten
Vedran Mutić, E-Bass
Centre Henri Pousseur, Live Elektronik


27 November 2021 @19:30: Danshuis De Ingang, Hurstweg 8, Gent (B)
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04 June 2022 @20h00: Alter Schlachthof, Rotenbergplatz 19, Eupen (B) 
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