Old goddess in a new dress
An arrow bores itself into a tree in a wood. The impact makes the arrow vibrate endlessly, which causes wrinkling on the stagnant water. At that moment, Diana, goddess of the hunt and protectress of fauna and flora, drops dead on the ground.
In Diana, Even a new, mythical world comes into being. Diana is both hunter and prey, she is killed and reborn. Kat Valastur's choreography for four female dancers and four female polyphonic singers unites myth and history in a new image of woman.
Kat Valastur is considered to be one of the most interesting choreographers at this moment in the Berlin contemporary dance scene. In her trail-blazing creations she developed a very exclusive dance language. At NEXT 2019 she presented Arcana Swarm, in which she zoomed in with seven dancers on the origin of mythology.
In Kat Valastur's work the bodies of the performers become carriers of the timeless collective subconsciousness. They represent what humanity has forgotten, rejected and lost. The opposites between past and present are cancelled. Existential and physical time meet and there is a space in which the mythical takes shape again. Valastur's choreographies are conceived as layered labyrinths or webs of meaning. At NEXT 2022 she also shows Eye, Lash !
- After the performance, there will be an extra open presentation of Ne Mosquito Pas in the Arena Theatre at the Theatre. Here you can walk in and out freely.
Happynest, detheatermaker, Next and arts centre Buda engaged three Flemish and three French young artists in a trajectory in which they share knowledge, practice, questions and doubts. As a finale, they will work in residence and with Ne Mosquito Pas - Simon van Schuylenberg and Charlotte Nagel - on a short solo of their own. In it, performing artists question their own relationship to success and failure by working with elements they themselves experience as 'failed' within their practice. They explore ideas that ultimately never made it into a performance. The 'deleted scenes', in the broad sense of the term, from their previous works form the starting point for a short (solo) performance in which they perform a negative un(aan)appropriate second-hand version of their artistic practice, in which a categorical distinction between good and bad taste is declared as unusable. The accompanying motto to this is: "If at first you don't succeed failure may be your style" (Quentin Crisp).
Concept, choreography: Kat Válastur.
Performance: Xenia Koghilaki, Malika Lamwersiek, Ogbitse Omagbemi, Tamar Sonn.
Singers: Pleiades Vocal Group (Aliki Atsalaki, Stella Grigovits, Vassula Delli, Eirini Kyriakou).
Lighting design & technical director: Martin Beeretz.
Stage design: Leon Eixenberger.
Lighting design assistance: Vito Walter.
Assistant stage design: Cecilia Nercausseau Gibson.
Sound design: Cesar B.
Choreographic assistance: Lena Klink.
Costumes: Marie Gerstenberger/ werkstattkollektiv.
Dramaturgical advice: Filippos Telesto, Yiannis Papachristos.
Production management: Sina Kießling.
Touring & Distribution: Nicole Schuchardt.
Production : Kat Válastur.
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, NEXT Arts Festival, Points communs / nouvelle scène nationale Cergy-Pontoise / Val d’Oise.
Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Kortrijk - Schouwburg
Sat 26 November 2022
20:15 - 21:15
- €21 / €19 / €6 (-26)