Kraanerg – Choreographer’s Note


Kraanerg 4This work utilises a choreographic language derived from the dancers themselves. Their capabilities have encouraged me to exploit a seemingly endless physical resource. Kraanerg has been a revelation for us, albeit a difficult one, and an important evolution in the Sydney Dance Company’s creative development.

In this work, the choreography evolved most often in silence (Graeme had of course intently listened to the score). By a process of editing my own “visiontrack”, to and against the score, I hoped to achieve a harmonic but independent energy flow. The constant image was of two great energies, one created of movement, the other of sound, flowing sometimes in parallel, sometimes at crosscurrents, and at others, in head-on collision. Roger Woodward – a “lighthouse-keeper” – was placed between two monumental forces. The music, which he had introduced to me some two years earlier, was always the departure point and will remain the backbone of the work. By not imposing the score on the initial choreographic process, I believed the dance would retain its independence and integrity.

Not long after I had completed the work, it was comforting to discover that Xenakis seemed in accordance with my instincts. After the premiere of Kraanerg in Canada in 1969, he had expressed the following: “Since the music is self sufficient, or should be, the dance should be something else … the relationship should not be exact, but blurred, relative … a peaceful coexistence (in which peaceful can also imply contradiction) between music and dance.

Graeme Murphy AO