REPORT: ODYSSEY TO UTOPIA


the third volume of SALON REVOLUTIONÄR created a standard that will be quite the challenge to match. this program broke boundaries through the combination of extremes and the unconventional use of space.

the night opened with Tatsuru Arai's "Vitruvian". a piece that clashed classical elements with modern technology through the mapping and analysis of the movements and vocals of the performers.

the duality of Elisa Pluta's classical dancing and the powerful voice of Xenia Romaschova was complimented by visuals that portrayed them in a tron-like digital world. Elisa danced across the stage like white noise on a television screen and Xenia's voice filled the hall like the howling feedback of a speaker. Elisa and Xenia personified Tatsuru's technological fantasy.

then entered Wooguru, whose rhythmic stomping on sensor-connected iron plates which vibrated his every step and broke the hypnotic spell of the digital fantasy. the contrast between digital and tribal extremes was a dance in itself that induced the viewer into an odyssey of perception.

after a brief intermission, Daniel Daoudi's site-specific theatrical video performance thematizing utopia, "Melodie - Die Kunst Des Anderen" began with Stella Maxeiner taking polaroids of the audience. while each poloroid developed, she announced what the photos were. "this is a photo before our first kiss", "this is a photo of your mother", "this is a photo taken ten days before you died".

as she made her way through the audience, a projection of an artist painting a city covered the windows of the hall. as Marco Barotti beat his inflatable drum, Marion Glöggler appeared on the ceiling. hanging there, she danced with her shadow, Anna Anderegg, who eventually appeared from the other side of the window. as Anna crept down the stairs, making her way to the ground floor, Marion began her decent from the ceiling. the piece ended when the pair was finally together, exhausted from using every bit of the PLATOON KUNSTHALLE architecture.

SALON REVOLUTIONÄR was an evening filled with visual, audial, and mental stimulation. the innovation of the performances and complete utilization of the building was inspiring to say the least and we cannot wait for the next one!

 

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CONTRIBUTED BY MIMI ATOR

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