(N)emobody

“I would never believe that a mechanical puppet can be more graceful than a living human body. But I found out that where grace is concerned, it is impossible for man to come anywhere near a puppet.

Only a god can equal inanimate matter in this respect. This is the point where the two ends of the circular world meet. [...]

Grace appears most purely in that human form which either has no consciousness or an infinite consciousness. That is, in the puppet or in the god." ‘On the Marionette Theater’ Heinrich von Kleist

 

Expressive, daring in representation, guided by values and goals rooted in the experience of ‘deep intuition’.

 

Five women represent a perfect image of different characters and recognizable situations. You think you recognize these women, but in their pursuit for absolute perfection of their own ideals, they get entangled in a distorted reality.

These individual, powerful dancers are challenged to explore the boundaries of their own physicality of the formal ideal of visual feasibility in different scenes. An aesthetic world soon makes way for an absurd and disillusioned tableau of battle, pain and conflict.

Choreography, concept  I   Joost Vrouenraets

Dance  I   Maïté Guérin, Francesca Imoda, Roshanak Morrowatian, Marika Meoli and Marcia Liu.

Photography  I   © David Peskens