Taavet Jansen is a choreographer, programmer and interdisciplinary artist who works simultaneously in theatre and electronic art and audiovisual scenes. He has collaborated with numerous internationally acknowledged and unrecognized artists and institutions.
‘It’s nothing really’ (2008)
Performed at the Melkweg Theater in Amsterdam
A solo performance where the main focus is on the dancer and his relationships with the surrounding traditional theatre mechanisms. Taavet uses the very conventions of theatre to question the conventions of theatre. What do we perceive in the theatre and how are we manipulated by it?
Quote from the review by Z.Gündüz:
'Technician' as performer, amplifiers as singers, cables as décor and choreography made out of ‘setting-up the technics’ were some of the original building blocks in Taavet Jansen’s piece ‘It’s nothing really’ (21-5-07, Amsterdam). ‘It’s nothing really’ was a performance created from the point of view of a ‘technician’ that introduced new perspectives of looking at technology, technical equipment as well as the notion of performer. This piece not only succeeded in transforming technical equipment into performers in a clever and humorous way, but also blurred the boundaries between ‘performer’ and ‘technician’. In sum, ‘It’s nothing really’ raised the question: ‘for whom the spotlight shines?’.
It’s nothing really was performed at the Melkweg Theater in Amsterdam, Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Tallinn and Koko Teatteri in Helsinki.
Download: Review by Zeynep Gündüs (PDF)
‘Amateur and Meat are playing live in Milky Way’ (2008)
‘Amateur and Meat…’ was made in collaboration with Anja Müller. It was a performative concert intending to blur the boundaries between a concert and a dance piece.
Performed at the Melkweg Theater, Amsterdam, Baltoscandal Festival 2008 in Estonia and the Tanztage Festival Berlin 2009
Download: Review by Alena Alexandrova (PDF)