lost in freaky evolution_L.I.F.E.
After living in funny eternity_, the stage piece lost in freaky evolution_ is another creation in the ongoing project L.I.F.E., in which the performers of Liquid Loft create and move in a hybrid world between stage performance and live video. A wide field of associations opens up. An array of psycho-happenings, identity and concealment spectacles, visions of the future, and, ultimately, questions of evolution are played out in dance and film. From the grotesqueness of immeasurable time, we now move on to a heart-forming odyssey which takes place at an enraptured pace and with bizarre humour. But life, for all its cheerfulness, is also a tale of loss and a fantasy. That’s life! C’est la vie! And: La vida es sueño! Are we just dreaming all this?
In lost in freaky evolution_, the human body, reassuring itself of its existence through dance, resists with relish the negative spaces of a seamlessly networked world, the expansion of the data zone. But do we ‘really’ exist, or do we only appear as phantasms in the unsteady gaze of a camera that we point at ourselves (and each other) in a selfie-ish manner? A dark narrative, derived from kaleidoscopic images and intense colour production, is hidden under the fragile layer of ambiguous gestures, all the fragments of language and sound. Only those who dare to explore the secret passages of life can hope to reach the next station. The evolution will not be televised!
Artist Talk following the show on Fri 01.12. Poet and composer Sophie Reyer in conversation with Chris Haring. In German and English.
is a performance company founded in 2005 by choreographer Chris Haring together with musician Andreas Berger, dancer Stephanie Cumming and dramaturge Thomas Jelinek. Inspired by science-fiction literature and cyborg theory, its pieces deal with the way our perception and our bodies change through visual media and the everyday use of technology. With its methods of deconstructing dance movement material and shifting acoustic levels, Liquid Loft opens up new choreographic fields of action and connects contemporary dance with other contemporary art forms. Its idiosyncratic visual and design language, the trademark acoustic stage sets and the professional realisation in dance have earned Liquid Loft international recognition and awards such as the Golden Lion for ‘Best Performance’ at the Biennale di Venezia.
Performance, choreography Luke Baio, Dong Uk Kim, Dante Murillo, Anna Maria Nowak, Hannah Timbrell Artistic direction, choreography Chris Haring Composition, sound concept Andreas Berger Light design, scenography Thomas Jelinek Assistant choreographer Breanna O’Mara Theory, text Stefan Grissemann, Sophie Reyer Stage management Roman Harrer Company management, production Cornelia Lehner Costumes Stefan Röhrle Video documentation Michael Loizenbauer Distribution APROPIC – Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent, Lara van Lookeren – Co-produced by CCAM / Scène Nationale de Vandœuvre and Liquid Loft in cooperation with Tanzquartier Wien and ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. Liquid Loft is supported by the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, and the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sports