What is the future of love? In her new HAU co-production Dragana Bulut explores the commodification of love. Together with the companion robot Harmony, the two performers host the audience at the choreographic speed dating performance for a world in a crisis of intimacy. Through alternating between dating and performative scenarios, they explore the dilemmas of connection: How do dating platforms, relationships mediated by algorithms and love robots change the way we fall in love? If love needs reciprocity, can technology provide it? Or what might we scavenge from its failures? “Beyond Love” is the third part in Dragana Bulut’s trilogy probing the way the emotional spheres are choreographed by the forces of market commodification and technology. After “Behind Fear” and “Happyology – Tears of Joy”, it deals with love in the current third part.
Production: Dragana Bulut. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Supported by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
In cooperation with: TATWERK | Performative Research. Supported by: PhD research Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Realbotix. The research phase was co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen.
Febuary 08th 2023 | 7:30 pm
Febuary 09th 2023 | 7:30 pm
Afterwards: Artist Talk
Febuary 10th 2023 | 6 & 9 pm
Febuary 11th 2023 | 6 & 9 pm
HAU3 | Berlin
Concept, artistic direction, choreography, and performance: Dragana Bulut
By and with: Caroline Neill Alexander, Andrew Hardwidge
Dramaturgy: Andrew Hardwidge
Music and Sound Design: Evelyn Saylor
Lighting Design: Fabian Bleich
Stage Design: Jonas Maria Droste, Dragana Bulut
Research specialists: Dr. Yuefang Shou, Kate Devlin
Production Management: Chris Wohlrab (TATWERK)
Assistance: Beatrice Zanesco
Teasers: Mate Ugrin
Press: Nora Gores
Thanks to: Bojana Cvejic, Florian Malzacher, Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte
Dragana Bulut's work encompasses choreography and performance. In her choreographic work she understands the theater as a place of social gathering and questions the different structures of aesthetics, economy and feelings and their mutual connections. Appropriating established formats, she creates performances that are based on the tension between the immaterial and the material, the thing and the affect, exploring the space between reality and fiction. These social choreographies make visible the various, often overlooked processes of social choreography of our behavior. Bulut received her Master's degree in Solo/Dance/Authorship from the UDK Berlin and has been developing her own choreographic works since 2005, which have been shown at various institutions including HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Tanzquartier Wien, PACT Zollverein Essen and Museum Folkwang Essen. She is currently exploring the commodification of emotions in the medium of social choreography.