70 minutes, no intermission
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“Arcana Swarm invites the audience to an inner journey. And again Kat Válastur proves to be a master of metamorphoses.” — Sandra Luzina, Tagesspiegel
Arcana Swarm is a group piece for seven performers and the third part of the work cycle The Staggered Dances of Beauty, which deals with scenarios and varieties of our bodies exposed in a radically changing world. In the previous works of the cycle, Kat Válastur focused on the technique of “morphing” as a transformative force, in which the body embodies the affects and effects that derive from the power tensions of the current technological, environmental and political conditions of a precarious and anthropocentric world.
In Arcana Swarm, which means mysterious swarm, the performers embody the “drive” of joy, which constantly collapses. How to perform joy when its ephemerality and fragility tend towards its own dissolution? In a visually playful set where three human size sculptures are placed, that of an anatomical heart, a human ear and a pair of cherries, the performers unfold a choreographic swing of joy that turns into horror. Images and traces of a particular “now” that bear the imprints of a critical moment.
choreographies create highly intense atmospheres. Fiction and reality merge into speculative notions, challenging the senses and the rules of ordinary perception. As part of her creative process she utilises personal diagrams, scores drawings and texts that she creates for each dance piece. In 2016 she was acclaimed as a promising talent for dance by the magazine tanz.
Her works are presented nationally and internationally at theatres and festivals. She studied dance at the Hellenic School of Dance, at the Trisha Brown Studios in New York on a Fulbright scholarship, and received a Master Degree from the (SODA) Master Program at the Inter-University Center for Dance in Berlin.