URBAN POLYCHROMIA is a site specific laboratory-performance designed for public spaces.
Polychrome is “the practice of decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a variety of colors.”
(C.M. Harris, ed. Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture).
URBAN POLYCHROMIA is an artistic practice of performative re-coloring and re-shaping of urban spaces.
POLYCHROMIA is a continuous work-in-progress, a process of finding ever new relationships between space, shape and color, performers and audience, pure form and possible poetry. It is a durational group process of instant composition based on simple pedestrian movements.
The performers are interacting with urban space by creating and holding patterns of group architecture and color.

The core of p.u.r.e. work is questioning the relationship between us performing the city and the city performing us. Thus we approach the performance with a researcher or an “urban ecologist” mind. That leads us to kind of minimalist approach. We are not creating a “spectacle” on the street, not trying to garner as much attention as possible: we rather work on the quality of attention itself.
We are looking for pedestrian quality of movements, for subtle ways of emerging in urban space, changing tempo & timing of actions, setting duration against the busy activities of the street.

We economize our use of body shape as an expressive tool, seeking rather for dialog between the inner and outer than for emblematic form. We are not looking for playing characters or inventing theatrical scenes. We are doing just what we are doing: meeting each other and meeting all the human and not-human elements of the urban environment, being affected by them and responding to them as composers searching for the most clear and specific form.
 

concept/facilitation   Jagna Anderson


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21 August 2016 | URBAN POLYCHROMIA #1 | Warschauer Brücke

 
performance                 p.u.r.e. performative urban research ensemble

          Dodi Helschinger
          Jagna Anderson
          María Ferrara

& guests

          Bruno Missoni
          Janine Schneider
          Laura Sarah Dowdall
          Matthias Lutz
          Sabine Venaruzzo
          Sandie Brischler
          Sarah Menger

 

28 August 2016 | URBAN POLYCHROMIA #2: re/centering in blue | Berlin Alexanderplatz

 
performance                 p.u.r.e. performative urban research ensemble

          Dodi Helschinger
          Jagna Anderson
          Susanne Soldan

& guests

          Bruno Missoni
          Gosia Gajdemska
          Momo Sanno
          Sandie Brischler
          Sarah Menger

 

18 September 2016 | URBAN POLYCHROMIA #3: time square

 
performance                 p.u.r.e. performative urban research ensemble

          Dodi Helschinger
          Jagna Anderson
          Susanne Soldan

& guests

          Bruno Missoni
          Gabriele M. Franzen
          Janine Schneider
          Julia Jahnz
          Matthias Lutz
          Rouben