Really Good Music
“Really Good Music” started as a one year residency at the Royal Institute of Art (Kungliga Konsthögskolan/Mejan) in the term 2012/13 as a choreographic research on the social capacities of music. Music, in the way it is presented and asks for participation, seems to create a different sort of conviviality than theater conventionally does. It is almost as if certain styles of music are capable of providing a base for communal process of individuation of performers and audience members. But, which kind of music allows for which kind of relations?
During the course of the research year, Juli Reinartz got introduced to Afrofuturism – in music, the genre from Sun Ra to Africa Hitech. Writer and theorist Kodwo Eshun claims that the tactic of the Afrofuturist musician is to “alienate from sonic identity and to feel at home in alienation”, Afrofuturist “subjects live the estrangement that science fiction writers envision.” Through a jumble of traditional African rythms and distorted synthesized sounds, Afrofuturism creates a mess in identity dispositifs and points out to a future subject much more than to cultural belonging. Inspired by this, Really Good Music wants to ask: How can we become part of Afrofuturism? How can we make music from estrangement? And how do we relate to each other through that?
About artist’s residency.
- About Juli Reinartz
Juli Reinartz studied in the Master for Choreography at the University for Dance and Circus (DOCH). Next to her education she was, in the past years, involved in projects with Angela Schubot, the artist collective kom.post, Trajall Harrel, Jared Gradinger, Verena Billinger / Sebastian Schulz and Kerstin Schroth and, in 2013, will work together with Ingri Fiksdal. Before her education, she collaborated closely with the artist collective kom.post. Her pieces have been shown in Sophiensäle Berlin, 104 Paris, Tanzhaus NRW, Kiasma Helsinki and MDT Stockholm. Her last production “pressure and velocity” premiered in MDT in September 2012. She has been granted scholarships and prices by danceWEB, the Senat of Berlin and DAAD.
Recently, she is researching within a one year residency at the Royal Institute of Art on musical formats as a potential for choreography. She is interested in using the capacity of sound for experimenting on the relations in the theater space.