Kat Válastur / adLibdancesOh! Deep Sea - Corpus III
the whole life passes before your eyes
29 November - 1 December 2012 // HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
With the premiere of Oh! Deep Sea – Corpus III, the choreographer Kat Válastur brings her long-term, four-part project to a close. Four performers share on stage a choreography, which aspires to connect the fragments of a biography displaced in time and space. The work sets a kinetic status in which being is seeing as broken images put back together in order to unfold the force and grace of mortality.
With Oh! Deep Sea – Corpus III, Kat Válastur ends her cycle of choreography based on Homer’s Odyssey. 2,500 years after the epos was written, the Greek choreographer uses the ancient classic that describes the king’s odyssey after the Trojan War to pose very modern questions on human existence. In her expressive, yet minimalistic choreography, she reflects on these questions while liberating them from the narrative plot.
The fourth and final part is inspired by Ulysses’ journey as a living being into the underworld. Time and place become meaningless. But how does a living person experience this state? With razor-sharp precision, Válastur dissects autobiographical stories, memories and images in the finest sequences of movement. In the spectator’s eye, she manages to create the illusion of an early film on the bodies of the four performers, anatomized into individual chapters and recurring images so that new stories are continually created. But, for all their immediacy, they disappear just as abruptly, giving way to another episode. A whole life passes before your eyes...
Premiere: 29 November 2012, 8 pm
Further performances: 30 November & 1 December 2012, 8pm and in spring 2013
HAU Hebbel am Ufer / HAU 3 • Tempelhofer Ufer 10 • D-10963 Berlin • www.hebbel-am-ufer.de