Dancer of the future
A pulsing Rave in Stop-Motion.
Black and white photographs showing a posing Isadora Duncan mark the starting point for this duet. Instead of reconstructing the natural harmonic flow of movement described by Duncan in her manifesto „The Dance of the Future“, in this piece the single image-fragments are examined for their queer potential. Turned into porous surfaces, more than 2000 years of western tradition in depicting the female body start to shimmer through.
In the contrast between clearly-visible antiquated movement vocabulary and the contemporary bodies that perform it, the seemingly natural feminine gestures reveal themselves as a cultural construct. Uncoupled from sex and gender facial expressions and poses are deciphered as learnable codes imprinted into our Western Bodies.
The piece is adaptable to the specific room. Not least because the Duncan redefined the performance space for dance, rehearsing, performing and teaching in theaters, galleries, living rooms, parks and pavilions.
Concept, choreography and performance: Mirjam Sögner Performed with: Luan De Lima Music composition: Barney Khan Light design: Sandra Blatterer
Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann
Costume: Mirjam Sögner
Funded by the City of Salzburg, the State of Salzburg and the Austrian Federal Chancellery. Made possible with the kind support of Toihaus Salzburg, tanz_house Salzburg, SZENE Salzburg, D.ID Choreographic Center Burgenland, Tanzfabrik Berlin and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte. The first part of the project development was realized with the help of the dance grant from the Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs and co-produced by the Sophiensaele Berlin.
Special thanks to Bruno Listopad, Gerard Reyes, Maja Zimmermann, Anna Mülter, Tanzarchiv Leipzig, Helene Weinzierl, Jacopo Lanteri, Gabi Beyer.