21 Mar 2011
Kaiser Antonino Dance Ensemble
At your place
A worldwide site specific dance project in apartments created and performed by Avi Kaiser and Sergio Antonino
photo: Avisha Finkelstein
The curiosity to explore alternative ways to perform brought Avi Kaiser and Sergio Antonino to create At Your Place. This project has the intention to avoid the theatrical system and its way of functioning. It comes as close as possible to the people who are interested in movement as a form of expression.
At Your Place is performed in private apartments, art galleries or any possible suggested space, where among four walls a precious intimacy is reached, where the conventional distance between public and dancers is abolished and the space of showing and watching becomes one. The hosts must be open to the idea of having the performance at their place and in addition invite their guests.
The artists at their end will get to know each space, so the performance becomes a unique one of a kind with a special and personal touch. At Your Place has the potential to question and challenge the conventions and to stretch the boundaries of the art of dance. At Your Place has been performed till now in: Duisburg, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Bologna, Milan, Florence, Brussels, Madrid and New York.
At Your Place is a production of the Kaiser Antonino Dance ensemble supported by the Ministerpräsident des Landes NRW.
The Kaiser Antonino Dance Ensemble was founded in 2002 by Avi Kaiser from Israel and the Italian Sergio Antonino. Since then they’ve been directing The Roof-TanzRaum in Duisburg and have been performing their productions in Germany, Italy, Poland, USA, Canada, Turkey, Austria, Israel and Belgium.
Avi Kaiser (1954, Tel-Aviv) was trained at the Bat Dor school of dance and was a dancer with the Bat Sheva dance company working with, among others, Glen Tetly and Kurt Joss. He collaborated closely with Susanne Linke from 1991 and performed in her two men pieces and choreographed with her several works (p.e. Le Coq Est Mort, Senegal 1999, ICH BIN, Opéra Paris, 2005). In 2006 he created a ballet for the opera La Favorite (Donizetti) at the Opernhaus Zürich directed by Marc Minkowski. Avi Kaiser is a guest teacher with dance institutions and companies around the world: UQAM University Montreal, the Rotterdam Dance Academy, C.N.D.C., Angers, The Paolo Grassi School, Milan, Tanzhaus NRW, Dusseldorf, and with the companies J.C.Gallotta, Grenoble and Wim Vandekeybus, Tilburg.
Sergio Antonino (1974, San Severo, Italy) received his dance education at the I.A.L.S. Center of Dance in Rome and at the S.P.I.D Professional School of Italian Dance in Milan. In 2001 he graduated at the Scuola d’arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi in Milan at the dance-theatre department. Besides various collaborations (among others with Cesc Gelabert, Dumb Type, Susanne Linke) he created several choreographies for theatre pieces directed by (p.e. Omaggio a Goffredo Petrassi, Teatro La Fenice, Venice, 2004). In June 2005 he presented the choreography Millimetri at the Dance-Biennale in Venice. He is artist in residence of the city of Duisburg and the Lehmbruck Museum for Contemporary Art.