With »Rasp Your Soul« Kat Válastur introduces the series »The Staggered Dances of Beauty« in which she reevaluates the production of mythology as a tool to process contemporary questions. The performer in Rasp Your Soul enacts a some sort of a contemporary mythological being. Inside an uncanny environment he unleashes a series of kinetic monuments as altered codes of processed cultural signs. Ruins of language from capitalist digital culture transform into mantras that initiate precarious gestures, fading slang whispers, voice interruptions, molecular kinetics. We encounter elusive identities expressing different types of realness. The space becomes a field of tension between language and the visual connotations of fluid complex demands and input from the outside.
Rasp Your Soul partly a dance piece, partly a choreographed concert, is a manifestation of the elusive. It builds up the narrative of a post-mythological space in which a humanoid with a »sensitive skin« makes us think about our flesh and bones.
A production by Kat Válastur in coproduction with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Onassis CulturalFoundation, Theater Freiburg, Kunstencentrum STUK Leuven, Stichting Châtel sur Place Amsterdam.Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NET (NPN)/ Coproduction funding dance supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. With the support of: TATWERK | Performative Forschung, Uferstudios, Tanzfabrik Berlin and ada Studio. Presented in the context of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals with support by Culture Programme of the European Union
November 2nd 2017
November 3th - 5th 2017
HAU Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin
Concept, Choreography, Script and Articulations: Kat Válastur
Performance: Enrico Ticconi
Set design and Sculpture: Leon Eixenberger
Light Design and Light Objects: Martin Beeretz
Sound Design / Music: Bryan Eubanks
Additional Sound: Kat Válastur
Choreographer’s and Production’s Assistance: Giulia Amici
Costume: Kat Válastur
Costume Assistance: Sofia Vannin
Press and Production: björn & björn
Touring and Distribution HAU Hebbel am Ufer: Nicole Schuchardt
Kat Válastur (born in Athens, Greece ) is a choreographer and performer based in Berlin. Her work is defined by the creation of a distinctive dance as well as visual language. In her creations our desires, fiction and reality merge into speculative notions creating highly intense atmospheres that challenge the senses with their shifting and intimate qualities. In 2008 she posed the question »What is there left to be danced?« and she created a series of works on the subject of time as a way of approaching the body in relation to space. She developed a spatial idea that she called »the field of forces« which the bodies inhabit. This fictional condition defined the kinetic vocabulary of each creation.