January 2017 Berlin Premiere District, A commission and co-production by HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
The fundamentals are there. There is a window only it won’t be accessible in quite the same way or we simply won’t see the view through it in this configuration.
There are doors still, of course, and they sit in the walls for the most part. The walls no longer just support the structure but enact their own participation. We will do the thing we always do of adjusting across the room, bringing all parts with us. The fit is good somehow, no matter the quantity or persuasion.
Don’t worry, we will still fuck over there in the corner. Although it might be called something else entirely, we will potentially foster other resemblances of lovemaking that might be now known as feeding, bathing or recycling. The roof is still the roof. It functions as it did only we imagine seeing small apertures, spots of deterioration where the light seeps through and takes volume. It is no longer important if this light is artificial or natural.
Inside the room, dungeon-esque encounters and ordinary domestic lingering exercise a politic that comes with care taking, danger and amnesia. Aughterlony and Rosenblit alongside Gutierrez and Self on sound, maintain a complicated relationship to order that encourages cracks and leaks inside architectures for gathering. A free-standing wall, a roaming kitchen island and decaying bodies are part of a disruptive ecology that asks for constant adjustment. Wall fixtures like hooks, rope, chain, and clamps offer possibilities of adjusting. A chair gets bound, a ladder, bones, witches on site, skins, zest of grapefruit at room temperature. The fixtures hold no opinion for who or what clings to them. Rhythmic sorcery drives the effort despite the un-governability of ingredients. Is this a construction site or a cooking show? There remains a curiosity of how each thing fits. Everything fits but at what cost? The room offers an expanded horizon, no longer obliged to rid oneself of the things that supposedly suspend and delay progress.
Concept/ Performance: Simone Aughterlony, Jen Rosenblit Composition / Soundbody: Miguel Gutierrez, Colin Self Guest Performer: Sheena McGrandles (Berlin premiere) Light Installation: Florian Bach Music Kitchen Sculpture: Nik Emch Dramaturgical advice: Jorge León, Joshua Lubin-Levy, Anna Mülter, Saša Bozic Technical Director: Marie Prédour Production Assistent: Dagmar Bock Production Management: Sina Kießling Administration: Karin Erdmann Diffusion: Alexandra Wellensiek Early Sound Research: Tami T Production: Verein für allgemeines Wohl Co-production: Gessnerallee Zürich, Arsenic - Lausanne Supported by: City of Zurich, Canton of Zurich Fachstelle Kultur und Pro Helvetia - Swiss Cultural Foundation, Tanzhaus Zurich, ImpulsTanz Wien, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fête de la Danse - Genev, Tanzhaus Zurich, George and Jenny Bloch Foundation Created in the frame of "Utopian Realities", a co-production of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Haus der Kulturen der Welt as part of "100 Years of Now", curated by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.