Arcana Swarm

                           What is joy when its ephemerality and                                 fragility tend towards its own                                       dissolution? In this  new work the                                   performers embody the emotional                                       complexity of joy which constantly                                   collapses. In a visually playful set                                 where three human- sized sculptures are                               placed the performers unfold a                                       choreographic swing of of joy that turns                             into horror. “Arcana Swarm” is a new HAU                             production 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. For this piece, Válastur works                                 again with the technique of “morphing”                               as a transformative force. The body                                   shows the affects and effects that                                   derive from the tensions of the current                               technological, environmental and                                     political conditions of a precarious and                             anthropocentric world.

Concept, script & choreography: Kat Válastur/ Performance: Juan Pablo Cámara, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez, Gaetano Montecasino, Ogbitse Omagbemi, Tamar Sonn, Sarah Stanley, Tiran Willemse / Light design: Martin Beeretz / Sound desigh: Peter Breitenbach / Set design: Leon Eixenberger / Costume: Kat Válastur / Dramaturgical advice: Einav Katan-Schmid, Maja Zimmermann / Outside eye: Alexandra Balona / Yiannis Papachristos / Assistance choreography: Kévin Quinaou / Production management: HAU Artist Office / Sabine Seifert / Touring & distribution: HAU Artist Office / Nicole Schuchardt

Production: Kat Válastur / HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported by: The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its New Settings Program.
Co-production: Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Theater Freiburg. Funded by: Capital Cultural Fund (Berlin), Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Residency support: STUK Leuven, Tanzhaus Zürich, Centrale Fies / Live Works.

︎︎︎ TQW magazin Kat Valastur