‘The Very Last Northern Rhyno’ by Gaston Core
With the utmost aesthetic simplicity, this choreographic solo, based on urban dance, questions the very possibility of happiness in the face of the world’s chaos.
When the New York Times journalist Sam Anderson knew about the death of the last male Northern White Rhinoceros, he took a flight to Kenya to observe and narrate in detail the daily lives of the last two female representatives of this species, which would disappear from the earth once they had died. The image of these individuals in ignorance of their species’ fate gave the reporter a sense of peace, at a time of global uncertainty.
Gastón Core seeks, through a formal investigation of different styles of urban dance (Krumping, Finger Tutting, Waving, Afro …), to offer the image of the Man –the dancer Oulouy– who dances because he has discovered that, as Paul Valéry puts it, we have “too much energy for our needs”. That is, to present dance as excess, as a celebration derived from life. Dance to exhaustion, dance to the end because maybe there is nothing more that can be done.
Vanishing Point’ by Dafin Antoniadou, Constantine Skourlis, Alexandros Vardaxoglou
Dismembered and incomplete at the edges of life, the body seems to be both a destination reached and an unreachable destination at the same time. In Vanishing Point, a humanoid being awakens from the depths of an agonising memory or an otherworldly future. Is this science fiction or some nightmare made reality? The stage is turned into a mirror of existence, through which the deepest of fears are contorted, with images drawn from the human condition itself.
‘Things Move but they do not say anything’ by Poliana Lima
Confined to the spot, eight women engage in endless motion. Permanence, resistance, identity and difference are themes at the core of the choreographic structure of Things move but they do not say anything.
Exploring gestures through minimalist and repetitive patterns, the choreographer Poliana Lima composes a score made of movement and sound which builds an enduring and atmospheric journey through different physical states. From this formal exercise carried out by female dancers, tension, agony and release emerge. One may wonder if Things move but they do not say anything tackles the pressing question: what is a women’s place in the society we live in?