Stranger than L.I.F.E_living in funny eternity
‘Stranger Than Paradise’ was the name of the original project planned for the stage of Tanzquartier Wien, but due to the pandemic it was realized as a film and presented as video on demand. It is part of the ongoing project ‘L.I.F.E.’, in which the performers move between stage performance and live video. Through the use of handheld cameras on stage, the boundaries of film aesthetics and live performance are expanded creating a complex audiovisual atmospheric work.
“The body is an obsolete model; currently it is still needed, but the preparations to get rid of it are long under way – they call for melancholia, for farewell exercises. The sphinx-like glitter of the dancers hides away the old utopia of equal rights among all beings. Is the image created by the mirror an addition or a division? Does it divide the point of view offered to it, or double it? Modification and infection lie very close together: we are bio-machines, enhanced electronically, yet endangered biologically. The only thing that can save us is further technologisation, a synthesis of flesh and machine: the illusion of a human stuck within the perfect surface, it cloaks away the artificiality of the new species. We will get used to them, meaning us.”
Festspielhaus St Pölten, Austria, AT
Dance, choreography: Luke Baio, Dong Uk Kim, Dante Murillo, Anna Maria Nowak, Hannah Timbrell
Artistic director, choreography: Chris Haring
Compositions and sound concept: Andreas Berger
Lighting design, scenography: Thomas Jelinek
Costume: Stefan Röhrle
Stage management: Roman Harrer
Theory: Stefan Grissemann, Sophie Reyer
Distribution: APROPIC – Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent, Lara van LookerenProduction,
company management: Cornelia Lehner
A production by Liquid Loft in cooperation with Tanzquartier Wien, as well as ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival and CCAM I Scène Nationale de Vandoeuvre les Nancy. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sports.