Ivana Müller - PARTITUUR

Created for children, Partituur invites kids to run, jump, and play as they participate in this inventive performance game. Given headphones, instructions, and a box of props, it’s up to them to determine the work’s direction and their role in it.

Partituur is suitable for children ages 7 & up.

made by

Ivana Müller

 

in collaboration with

Jefta van Dinther,

Sarah van Lamsweerde,

Martin Kaffarnik

 

design of the monster costume

Liza Witte

 

performance coordinators

Albane Aubry, or

Sarah van Lamsweerde, or

Ivana Müller, or

Gerco de Vroeg

 

touring technicians

Martin Kaffarnik, or

Ludovic Rivière, or

Jérémie Sananes, or

Fanny Lacour

 

production

I'M COMPANY
(François Maurisse &
Gerco de Vroeg)

 

coproduction

Tweetakt Festival, Utrecht (NL)

 

with the financial support of

Performing Arts Fund NL

 

duration one session takes approx. 45 minutes; possibility to program several sessions per day

 

existing languages American English, French, Dutch, Flemish, Croatian, Norwegian, Italian, Czech, German, Slovenian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese / new translations on request

 

performance space flexible, in consultation with the company

availability open

touring party 2 pax

freight  1big suitcase (wireless headphones + two senders either hired by the company or by organizer)

Partituur (meaning ‘score’ in Dutch) is the first and so far the only project by Ivana Müller made for children, commissioned in 2011 by the Tweetakt Festival in Utrecht. It is a performative system/game for participants from age 7+, a social choreography in which there are no spectators and performers in the classical term of the word but in which everybody ‘simply’ takes part. 

 

The roles of the participants shift constantly, the borders of where the show begins and where it ends, move according to who is ‘watching it’ and who is ‘doing it’. Everyone participates in the creation of a unique score each time the game is running.

 

‘To play by the rule, or to invent my own strategies?’ ‘Am I now fictional or real?’ ’Should I do it like everybody else, or should I find my own way?’ ‘Am I now allowed not to tell the truth?’… Questions of identity, personal and collective choices, representation, engagement and desire are constantly being proposed through the playful set of instructions / suggestions coming from the headphones that every participant receives on entering the space of Partituur.

 

Every participant gets a fictional name and some individual tasks that will get the show going in a new direction. In other words, Partituur takes a new shape depending on choices, reactions and positions that each member of this instant community, made of children and adults, make.

 

Partituur is one of the rare conceptual pieces of choreography essentially made for children that manages to create a playful environment for reflection. The ‘play’ is made for 15-25 participants and it lasts for 30 minutes. It has been performed so far in 11 languages*, by more than 200 different performing communities.

 

* The piece is always translated to and recorded in the language context in which it is performed. So far, Partituur exists in Dutch, Flemish, Croatian, Norwegian, Italian, French, German, Czech, American English, Slovenian and Portuguese.

 

THINKING INSIDE BOXES AND OUTSIDE OF THEM (Brian Seibert in The New York Times, 6 October 2014)

"(…) In a third-floor studio of New York Live Arts on Saturday, a dozen or so children, along with the adults who accompanied most of them (and this lone, interloping critic), were outfitted with headphones and name tags. For the next 35 minutes, in a space furnished with numbered cardboard boxes and shapes outlined in tape on the floor, we listened to fun, kitschy music and friendly voices asking questions and issuing instructions.

 

Most of the questions were about us. What do you like? What would you like to be? And the answers took the form of motion: take two steps forward, jump, run. Since everyone was listening to the same directions and watching everyone else, the answers were public. Everyone would know if you would rather do theater or construction. One segment of instructions was explicitly about looking at others and making judgments: Guess who is the youngest, who is the teacher’s pet. Or, unimaginably, who hasn’t seen the film “Frozen”? (…)"

MLADI LEVI FESTIVAL: "The title of the play is suggestive, because the performance is indeed a score, though not a musical one. Using audio instructions, it guides the participating children (and occasionally an adult or two) through performing and at the same time watching the performance that they are creating themselves according to the "musical score". All leitmotifs of children’s social games, which are almost absent from today’s courtyards, resonate in the play, as well as the emergence of certain statuses within groups; when groups are being formed, when common interests are being found, when it is necessary to make decisions: what are we, where do we belong and who is with us, whether we are scared of monsters or do not believe in them, what is our attitude towards the world – humor, cooperation, observation?"

NEW YORK LIVE ARTS / CROSSING THE LINE FESTIVAL: "Müller’s only project made for children to date, Partituur presents a performative, systematic game for participants from the ages of seven and up. A social choreography breaking the classical terms of “spectator” and “performer,” the work includes participation by all. In Partituur, the roles of the participants are constantly shifting, and everyone takes part in the creation of an individual score unique to each performance. Using headphones and a list of instructions as tools, each “partituurist” assumes decisions, reactions and positions that inform the overall shape the specific performance takes. Commissioned in 2011 by the Tweetakt Festival in Utrecht, Partituur is a rare conceptual piece of choreography, essentially intended for children yet creating a playful environment lending itself towards reflection." 

DATES

15 - 19 October 2019

HetPaleis, Antwerp (BE)

2018

16, 17, 19 December 2018

Festival Ad Hoc / Le Volcan, Scène nationale, Le Havre (FR)

28 April 2018

SESC Palladium, Belo Horizonte (BR)

25 April 2018

Festival Vivadança, Salvador (BR)

21 April 2018

Festival Movimento Internacional de Dança, Brasilia (BR)

14 and 15 March 2018

Le Merlan, Scène nationale, Marseille (FR)

11 March 2018

Teatro Viriato, Viseu (PT)

10 March 2018

Centro de Arte, Ovar (PT)

10 March 2018

Festival Ribambelle, Caen (FR)

1 and 2 February 2018

Le Rive Gauche, Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (FR)

2017

16 and 17 September 2017

Schauspiel Leipzig, Die Spinnerei, Leipzig (DE)

19 and 20 August 2017

Mladi Levi festival, Ljubljana (SLO)

27 and 28 May 2017

CCN2 / Le Grand Rassemblement, Grenoble (FR)

28 and 29 March 2017

Le Palace / festival Kidanse, Montataire (FR)

2016

21-26 September 2016

Le Tandem, Scène nationale, Douai & Arras (FR)

24 and 25 September 2016

Contemporanea Festival, Prato (IT)

11 and 15 September 2016

Short Theatre, Rome (IT)

23 and 24 April 2016

Arsenic, Centre d'art, Lausanne (CH)

30 January 2016

Le Gymnase - CDCN, Roubaix (FR)

23 and 24 January 2016

Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon (PT)

22 and 23 January 2016

Teatro Municipal - Rivoli, Porto (PT)

2015

14, 15 November 2015

Théâtre de Poche, Hédé-Bazouges (FR)

5, 6, 7 November 2015

Le Prisme, Elancourt (FR)

26 April 2015

Le Carreau du temple, Paris (FR)

2014

22-30 November 2014

Nanterre-Amandiers, Nanterre (FR)

14, 15 October 2014

L'Echangeur, CDCN, Château-Thierry (FR)

4, 5 October 2014

Crossing the Line Festival, New York (USA)

19 July 2014

Centre Pompidou, Metz (FR)

3 June 2014

Pap-rna, Pilzen (CZ)

1 June 2014

Tanec Praha, Prague (CZ)

20, 21 May 2014

Festival Nouvelles, Strasbourg/Bischwiller (FR)

16 April 2014

Cultuurcentrum De Grote Post, Oostende (BE)

25, 26 March 2014

La Méridienne, Luneville (FR)

16 March 2014

Chassé Theater, Breda (NL)

1, 3, 4 March 2014

L’Amphithéâtre, Pont-de-Claix (FR)

27, 28 February 2014

L’Amphithéâtre, Pont-de-Claix (FR)

2013

9 - 20 December 2013

Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR)

5, 6 December 2013

CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape, Rillieux-la-Pape (FR)

25, 26 May 2013

Le Manège de Reims, festival Waouh, Reims (FR)

8 - 12 April 2013

Théâtre d’Arles, Arles (FR)

11, 12 March 2013

Maison du Savoir, Saint Laurent de Neste (FR)

4 - 7 March 2013

Pôle Sud, Strasbourg (FR)

15 - 18 January 2013

Le Carré - Les Colonnes, Saint Médard en Jalles (FR)

2012

10 - 13 December 2012

CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape, Rillieux-la-Pape (FR)

24, 25 November 2012

Cultuurcentrum, Genk (BE)

15-24 November 2012

Teaterhuset AvantGarden, Trondheim (NO)

16 September 2012

Terni Festival, Terni (IT)

10 April 2012

Théâtre de Vanves, Vanves (FR)

16, 17 March 2012

CCN de Montpellier, Montpellier (FR)

23 February 2012

Spinrag KinderMuzeFestival, Kortrijk (BE)