TANZEN BAMBOLINE performing California dreaming at the Molodoi Strasbourg,Fr on 8th march 2008.
Sterne first proposal was to make a concert, playing covers of three tracks she had selected : Tanzen Bamboline from Alberto Camerini, Rules and Regulations from british punk girl’s band Fuzzbox and "California Dreaming" from the Mamas and the Papas.
Finaly, knowing Sterne performative abilities, I suggested that the concert turn into a show consisting in performing live only the singing and the dancing, dressed in minimalist outfits bathed in red light. This decision created a bit confusion because some people still think we didn't make the cover of those tracks ourselves. As if, in order to be taken seriously, people were supposed to play music instrument on stage. What we did after, in order to more or less show the process because we were not into simulation or hidding it either and when we started to have our own compositions, it was even more making sens to play it on stage. But the freedom of body expression was missing.
The funny thing about Rules and regulations, is that by lack of informations we took the freedom to improvise random lyrics on part of the text we couldn't understand.
In this first performance at Molodoi we involved some material from a former performance entitled "we are Neodyms".
A Neodym is a chemical element, nêos and dîdymos, means litteraly, new and twin. Neodymiums are also very strong magnets that we can find in modern products such as motors in cordless tools, hard disk drives, and magnetic fasteners.
So, keeping the concept, we also kept those minimalistic outfits made of 2 X 1m/1m white velvet elastic fabric that used to be fixed with pins on right and left side of the waist.
Musicaly, we fully composed and played hand in hand.
We had no particular skills or mode d'emploi for recordings, we were just experimentating and sometimes tracks were a bit saturated but it gave something interesting to our sound.
Kalte Sterne brought the instruments and the interpret talent at Casio keyboard and guitar effect pedals. I experimented Kawai Teisco 100f she borrowed me and Korg 55 and also focused on editing. I edited all the tracks while discovering my software in the same time. I had no idea how to properly edit and mix a track, what I had was an idea of the sound I wanted to obtain, the ambiance, the structure, as for a film with several scales and movements.
One of our compositions, named "Curry" had been built on three movements at the recording, distinct movements still with kind of a continuity ; three moves that we name one after the other in the track itself.
We shared this interest of dramaturgy into music, this inventive way to arrange without model and see each track as a new story.
It was more or less amateur and naive recordings technics.
But all this had some freshness.
For exemple, for the cover of California Dreaming, we re-arranged the original track, took large freedom in reinterpretation and augmented the original version of several minutes.
California Dreaming, in the video you can see above, had been then performed as an non voluntary tribute to Nico and somehow, innocence of Twiggy the doll. Two characters not so far from each other, one suffering from Asperger and the other one, closing herself to the viewer by staging herself as a doll.
Both reflecting a state of vacancy.
Music giving souls to the dancing dolls.
Our performative work was inspired by Nô theater tradionnal canevas of synchronised slow motion dance/singing and Maurice Maeterlinck puppet theater pieces.
A collaboration from the bodies without eyes.