The title Georges tremble arose from the memory of a specific moment in Samuel Feldhandler’s childhood, in which he experienced his grandfather, Georges, unexpectedly finding the name of his father in the Room of Names at Paris’ Shoah Memorial. This ancestral visit brought old and profoundly hidden emotions to the surface, resulting in a very short moment of trembling.
Carrying on with Feldhandler’s research of how musical composition knowledge can inform a choreographic practice, Georges tremble is composed in the form of a three-part Sonata. Among other tools, the dance makes use of quotations with the desire to recall several of Feldhandler’s artistic ancestors in a relation: phrases by Dominique Bagouet, a hand gesture of Helen Humes, a step by Jimmy Slyde, how Dizzy Gillespie’s body accompanies the last note of a tune, and more. Georges tremble functions as a poetic space for a dance vocabulary to emerge not from a singular source but from a web of relationships.
Video interview Samuel & Alma Feldhandler:
is a choreographer based in Vienna. Raised in a family of musicians, he passionately looks for ways to place musical forms within a dance context and has been showing choreographic works since 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance from Amsterdam University of the Arts and a Master’s degree in choreography from DOCH in Stockholm.
Artistic direction, choreography Samuel Feldhandler Performance Mani Obeya, Yari Stilo, Elizabeth Ward Costume, stage design Alma Feldhandler Light Emese Csornai Artistic support Lise Lendais Rehearsal supervision Elisabeth Prankl-Niklas Outside eyes Alix Eynaudi, Anne Juren, Lena Schattenberg Sound Samuel Feldhandler with Paul Kotal Production Annina Kriechbaum, mollusca productions – A co-production by Kompanie Samuel Feldhandler, Tanzquartier Wien, WELD, and MARC – Milvus Artistic Research Center. Supported by Bears in The Park, the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport.