While the main thematic for X was emotion, in Y perfection, the main issue in Z is death. The formal idea for Project Z remains the same: it gathers 5 dancers (Einat Tuchman, Cristina Moura, Nir de Volff, David Kamplani, Jo Stone), a room concept done by Paul Gazzola, music by Beat Halberschmidt and light design by Sérgio Pessanha, long term collaborators of Angela Guerreiro's choreographic work. Inviting scientists and artists from other disciplines during the creative process is one of the goals of the project.
Death, although all but eliminated from our society’s day-to-day consciousness, remains the final reckoning, the sense-eliminator, but also a driving force for science and art. The advance of the scientific world view has contributed to the decline of religion and has left the individual in a state of appalling helplessness in the face of death, without the comfort of grants of after-life in heaven or reincarnation. Only the suppression from daily awareness and tremendous advances in medicine, technology and science have enabled our society to deal with this question in a stable way. The latest developments, however, seem to show that the sciences are coming ever closer to a new answer to this most unanswerable of questions.
Today’s humans, well-equipped in their communicative capabilities through connection to a computer or to a mobile telephone, are in a process of development, along with the extended lifespan. The feeling is one of experiencing the introductory stage of a radical change in the world, qualified by sweeping technological alterations, which promises to redefine everything: perception, body, reality and even death itself.
The theme of this performance is not to take a moralistic standpoint with regard to how life is changing in the face of technological development; rather to demonstrate art’s ability to anticipate, approach and to create a discussion on such themes. The changes which are being discussed here will take place through transformation of the body.
Artistic Direction / Choreography: Angela Guerreiro
Co-choreography / Dance: Einat Tuchman, Cristina Moura, Nir de Volff, David Kamplani, Jo Stone
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert
Assistant director: Elke Seidel
Room concept / Video: Paul Gazzola
Light: Sérgio Pessanha
Music: Beat Halberschmidt
Costume / Props: Elke Ruß
Costume Assistant: Florian Ruß
Production: DepArtment | Katharina von Wilcke, Harriet Lesch
Project Z is a part of the trilogy X, Y and Z which is based on current scientific and technological developments and deals with their (future) interventions on the human body.
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