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Love in Fragments

Alexander Polzin, Sommer Ulrickson

Bringing together the art forms – and audiences- of visual arts, dance, music and theatre to explore love in all its fragmented components

Scientists have shown it takes between ninety seconds and four minutes to decide if you are attracted to someone. The research shows that it has little to do with what is said, but rather: 55% is through body language and appearance (dance/visuals), 38% is the tone and speed of their voice (music) and 7% is through what they say (text).

The Love in Fragments programme investigates aspects of love - romantic (falling in and out of), societal, obsessive, narcissistic, banal - in eight fragments. Featuring the music of Bach and Jörg Widmann (including 24 Duos for Violin and Cello by Widmann, solo cello pieces by Bach, and possibly the Zweistimmige Inventionen arranged for violin and cello by Bach). The cellist Alban Gerhardt and the violinist Gergana Gergova undertake this adventure with the choreographer Sommer Ulrickson and sculptor Alexander Polzin. Between these chosen pieces of Bach and Jörg Widmann they will investigate various themes and concepts inspired by Roland Barthes' A Lover’s Discourse, current neurological research and questioning societal norms.

The project developed organically after the four artists first met and became familiar with each other’s work. It arrived from a desire to move away from each of their individual comfort zones - concert stage, theatre, and atelier - into an area where they can combine their talents and efforts to find a common, yet undiscovered, language. By doing so, they look to invite and challenge their audiences to engage as many of the senses as possible, in order to explore a new experience in visual arts, dance, music and theatre.

Creative Team

Alban Gerhardt, cellist
Gergana Gergova, violinist
Sommer Ulrickson, choreographer
Alexander Polzin, visual artist
Dan Pelleg, performer