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SIE On Stage 2024

The first chapter of SIE On Stage for 2024 presents a duo. Salzburg-based Brasilian/American artist Anna Bárbara Bonatto (Contemporary Dance) and Linz-based greek musician Markos Destefanos (Guitar) continue their frequent collaboration through “1007 – an improvisation in movement and sound after J.S.Bach.”

On this occasion, they draw their inspiration from a Baroque Suite originally written for solo cello, consisting of six movements: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuet I & II, and Gigue. The two performers improvise, comment, and discuss Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite BWV 1007 using different techniques of instant composition, fragmentation, and reconstruction of the original material.

This performance will be followed by a semi-formal discourse with all the attendees, discussing the presented work, leading to a more open dialogue about Improvisation in socio-political contexts.

Anna Bárbara Bonatto began dancing as a child in Brasil, and continued her training as a teenager in the USA. After completing 3 years of acting education in Los Angeles, Anna Bárbara moved to Salzburg to study at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Since graduating in 2016 most of her collaborations and performances have been based in Austria. She has had the opportunity to participate in several international festivals, including the Salzburger Festspiele, Sommerszene, Milch&Honig, Because the Night, TAKT, and New Faces New Dances. She is currently part of multiple productions both at Toihaus Theater and with the Vienna based Ensemble “Synthetic Project”.

Markos Destefanos is a Greek classically trained guitarist who focuses on exploring the plasticity of guitar sound, aiming to cultivate an intimate connection between artist and audience. He possesses a keen interest in chamber music and actively engages in interdisciplinary collaborations with other artists, participating in literature and poetry readings, theatre, dance, and sound-painting performances. He studied Classical Guitar Performance, Music Education, and History and Philosophy of Science in Athens and Salzburg. Currently based in Linz, he divides his time between performing and teaching at the State Music School Organization of Upper Austria (Landesmusikschulwerk Oberösterreich), where he leads the Department for plucked string instruments.


About SIE On Stage

SIE On Stage, formerly known as SIE Open Stage, is an experimental platform for showcasing live performances created through Instant Composition, curated by artistic director Nayana Keshava Bhat along with the INFLUX team.

Besides performances, informal artist-audience interactions are an integral part of SIE Open Stage events. The intention is to develop a deeper understanding for improvised interdisciplinary performance formats in Salzburg City.

SIE On Stage concept: Nayana Keshava Bhat
Curation team: Nayana K. Bhat, Olivia Mitterhuemer, Agnes Distelberger
Production: INFLUX
Cooperation partner: Toihaus
Funded by: Land Salzburg, Stadt Salzburg

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