Ian Kaler

Points of Departure

  • Film
  • Performance
  • Dance
  • 2021/2022
  • English

For his new solo, the dancer and choreographer Ian Kaler has invited artistic companions to choreograph for him and with him. The production consists of three parts that are both independent and related. The opening video prologue with images of Ian Kaler and a falcon in the woods (cinematography by Diara Sow and edited by Dafne Narvaez Berlfein) is inspired by the mythological figure of the harpy. The idea of working with a falcon comes from conversations with the set designer Stephanie Rauch, who also created an extraordinary abandoned suburban car park meets edge of the forest scenario for the production. For the second part, Kaler has invited Jen Rosenblit to write and direct a monologue. The starting point was work conducted on a teenage character with fragments of inner monologues, stories, memories and journal entries somewhere between autobiographical and fictional narratives. In the final part, the choreographer and movement director Stephane “Peeps” Moun shares techniques from his practice with Kaler, which is marked by elements of house dance, hip-hop, tap dance and jazz dance. Together, they work to merge Kaler’s own movement vocabulary with Peeps’ methods and approach in order to co-choreograph a hypnotic movement sequence that is as power as it is subtle. The electronic live soundtrack by the Berlin music producer rRoxymore alias Hermione Frank provides a through line and accompanies Ian Kaler through the performance. The lighting designer Thomas Zamolo accompanies “Points of Departure” live. In addition, the streaming version of the work develops an epilogue which takes the shared practice in the piece as the point of departure for a further developing poetic dialogue.


After this date available at the HAUthek until 14.11.2021


    • Premiere
      Mon 8.11.2021, 19:00


Concept, Artistic Director, Performance: Ian Kaler / Music composition, production and performance: Hermione Frank aka rRoxymore / Film version, Performance Steinitzer Treppe: Stéphane „Peeps“ Moun, Ian Kaler / Voice over: Jen Rosenblit / Direction Part one “Harpy”: Ian Kaler / Concept Part One “Harpy”: Stephanie Rauch, Ian Kaler / Cinematography Part One “Harpy”: Diara Sow / Camera Assistance Part One “Harpy”: David Schwier / Video Editing Part One “Harpy”: Dafne Narvaez Berlfein / Hawk Trainer Part One “Harpy”: Ilka Simm / Text and Direction Part Two: Jen Rosenblit / Choreographer, Movement Director Part Three: Stéphane “Peeps” Moun / Set Design “Points of Departure”: Stephanie Rauch / Lightdesign, Technical Direction “Points of Departure”: Thomas Zamolo / Acting Coaching “Points of Departure”: Catarina Campos Costa / Voice Training “Points of Departure”: Marian Hudek / Outside eye “Points of Departure”: Chris Standfest / Coordination Set Design“Points of Departure: Ben Clark / Live Camera “Points of Departure” Vienna: Dafne Narvaez Berlfein, Nils Olger, Barbara Wilding / Final Cut / Editing POD Film: Dafne Narvaez Berlfein / Drone Pilot “Points of Departure”: Daniel Plath / Production management “Points of Departure”: Martina Neu (Berlin), das Schaufenster (Vienna)

Production: Ian Kaler. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, PACT Zollverein, NO NorrlandsOperan.Funded by: Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin). Supported by: Stadt Wien Kultur, BMKÖS.