Zodiac Dialogues

choreography and original drawings: Alessio Silvestrin
dancers: André Frank Bauer, Anna Kallstrom, Annabelle Lefebre, Emma Harrison,
Joel Small, Katy Geertsen, Louise Henshall, Megan Exton, Mercie Taylor, Penny Dolling
music: Karlheinz Stockhausen; Tierkreis (Zodiac)
version for two lutes by Peter Söderberg and Sven Åberg
light design: Alessio Silvestrin, Rio Hall-Jones
costume design: Alessio Silvestrin, Sara Chirichilli
length: 24 min.
premiere: LINK Dance Company, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts
(WAAPA) Geoff Gibbs Theatre, Perth 22.05.2013

Zodiac Dialogues finds its intentions in fusion with the dancers and Stockhausen’s Tierkreis. Aspects inspired by the Zodiac constellations are combined with drawings and expanding qualities of tension in configuration with individuals participating in a cyclic abstract narration of flexible expressive scale.

Stockhausen’s Tierkreis: 12 Melodien der Sternzeichen / Zodiac: 12 Melodies of the Star Signs (1975) has been originally composed for 12 music-boxes. The 12 music-boxes are containing a different melody composed for each individual star sign of the Zodiac. Each of the 12 melodies has a different central pitch which forms the ascending chromatic scale (consisting of the 12 semi-tones) throughout the Zodiac cycle. Tierkreis (Zodiac) has been arranged in transcriptions for different instruments as well.


Silvestrin’s stunning Zodiac Dialogues set to Stockhausen’s Tierkreis features Silvestrin’s own drawings of colored, patterned images, varied for each of the twelve zodiac signs, which are projected onto a front scrim. His inventive choreographic style embraces the strengths of the dancers (clad in grey pants and singlets), who are seen through the patterned images, appearing in different groupings for each sign and forming distinctive shapes, with their limbs and bodies replicating the patterns in movement. Each of the twelve sections ends in a beautiful, clearly illuminated still pose.

Margaret Mercer
Dance Australia Magazine 27.05.2013