“intriguing video of Ms. Trifan’s tightly curled form"
Claudia La Rocco, New York Times
International acclaimed performance group, Natasa Trifan Performance Group explores and redefines the world of paintings through sightful virtual images and passionate unpredicted movements. In Capturing Gil-Gulim II, Natasa creates a tense standoff between seduction and repulsion.
The show displays a high, rectangular format, a “table cloth” of viscera invites the desire to touch and see. The choreography's unusual material and intricate movement patterns prompt a fascination that soon turns to fear as the spectacle of human organs - even in simulation creates a powerful reminder of human vulnerability.
Capturing Gil-Gulim II is a show inspired by by the 17th century vanitas paintings. Especially popular in this period were vanitas paintings, in which sumptuous arrangements of fruit and flowers, books, statuettes, vases and other objects were accompanied by symbolic reminders of life's impermanence. Additionally, a skull, an hourglass or pocket watch, a candle burning down or a book with pages turning, would serve as a moralizing message on the ephemeral of sensory pleasures. Often some of the fruits and flowers themselves would be shown starting to spoil or fade to emphasize the same point. None of Natasa Trifan’s “Vanitas” dances are such in the strict sense; their theme is less about the meaninglessness of existence in the face of inevitable mortality, than it is about embracing life in spite of its and brevity.
"In, CAPTURING... Trifan addresses not only ideas of painting-perspective, still life, and sculpture, but also the idea of transformation. The nude on the desert brings to mind “ the immortal particle reaching the Promised Land,” as well as the Genesis quote describing the ultimate transformation, “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Christine Jowers, Dance Enthusiast
Martin Burga long time collaborator with the group creates rich textures and luring video designs that enhance the show’s composition. Composer Petre Radu Scafaru studied at the prestigious Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with the electronic music guru Joel Ryan. His composition’s skills bring amazing harmonics with very sharp crescendos that supports the moods of the project. Oana Botez-Ban is a Princess Grace Award winner for the best costume designer of the 2007 year. Oana designs costumes for Natasa Trifan, the main dancer that emphasizes her characters and also her movements.
Capturing Gil-Gulim II received generous support from Material for the Arts, Trust for Mutual Understanding and The Romanian Cultural Institute. Private funding from Susan Mackenzie, Nancy Abraham, Melissa & Casey Gard, Stanley & Tracy Shopkorn.