Ah! Oh! A contemporary ritual
A beat, like the heartbeat of a restless animal, pulses through the dimly lit room. Six figures emerge tentatively out of the shadows. They look familiar and yet there is something alien about them: adrift in a state of forgetting. Their movements are hesitant, branded by an archaic fear but their touch betrays a desire to come into contact with one another, to be close.
In her new choreography Ah! Oh! A contemporary ritual for six dancers, the Berlin based choreographer Kat Válastur zooms into a post-apocalyptic society that bears clear traits of our current lives. This portrait tells of a society where everyone is out for themselves and yet is still driven by the desire for an overarching sense of community. Out of the ruins of the past, the lost figures venture a tentative closeness. But how to make a new start? How will this 'Newtopia' end?
Inspired by the circular formation of round dances as the expression of ritual dances from antique societies to the contemporary orient, Válastur creates a Utopian rite for the society of tomorrow. She skillfully unleashes a game of proximity and distance, doubt, hope, fear and desire on the bodies of the performers in which the small gesture of assistance ushers in the dawn of a new era.
Concept & choreography
PR & Production
Kat Valastur Shahar Levi
Leyla Postalcioglu Annegret Schalke Romain Thibaud-Rose
Enrico Ticconi Maria Zimpel
björn & björn
Production: Kat Válastur. Co production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Théâtre de Nîmes, fabrik Potsdam, CDC Uzes Danse supported by ETAPE DANSE, an initiative by Institut Francais Allemagne / Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse supported by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/DGCA, of the SACD and the city of Potsdam. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. The re-run of “Ah! Oh! A contemporary Ritual“ is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The retrospective is supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Presented in the context of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals with support of the EU cultural programme.