Margolin & Obarzanek WOW Audiences With New Artistic Project: CONNECTED
By Renee Blodgett on November 09, 2011
I recently learned about the work of Reuben Margolin in Camden Maine where he presented a joint project with choreographer Gideon Obarzanek. Reuben is known for his creation of beautiful large-scale kinetic sculptures that use pulleys and motors to create the complex movements and structures we see in nature.
His work is based on an inspiration in 1999 when he became obsessed with the movement of a green caterpillar. At that time, he set out to make wave-like sculptures inspired by its movements.
Obarzanek presented work from Chunky Move at a previous PopTech, his Australian-based modern dance company that’s known for immersing dancers in a world of motion tracking and projection technology.
The two connected at the time and discussed the idea of collaborating together, the result of which was a project called Connected, which was first performed at Australia’s Malthouse Theater in March 2011 and then in May 2011 at the Sydney Theater. Below is a shot of a rehearsal.
Additional images of Obarzanek and Margolin’s performance can be seen on Chunky Moves’ website.
Reuben’s live sculptural works – constructed from wood, re-cycled plastic, paper and steel – transcend their concrete forms once set into motion, appearing as natural waveforms in a weightless kinetic flow. Suspended by hundreds of fine strings receiving information from multiple camshafts and wheels, his sculptures reveal in articulate detailthe impulses of what they are coupled to. In Connected, it is people – athletic and agile dancers’ bodies twisting and hurtling through space, as well as people in recognisable situations.
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