Eye, Lash! With the dance work “Eye, Lash!” Kat Válastur returns on stage after seven years since her last performance in a solo work. In a landscape made of flowers, metal tiles and water we witness how the choreographer and performer embodies different female archetypes and personas. The French medieval mystic Marguerite Porete, the character of Monkey, the daughter in Tarkovsky’s film Stalker, or the figure of Lady Jane Gray portrayed in a painting by Delaroche, materialize in this ‘operatic’ confession about the construction of the self and identity. Kat Válastur dives into her idiosyncratic kinetic archive and uses her imaginary and visual language to explore the kaleidoscopic experience of a female artist in contemporary times. With the help of the spirits of women of the past and present who have been oppressed, marginalized, abused, burned or decapitated she transforms the space into a zone, an enclosed world and potential home of magical power, charged with female transcendence and spirituality.
“Eye, Lash!” was originally planned as a dance premiere on the HAU2 stage in February 2021. Due to the current situation, it is not possible for HAU and the artist to present this work live. Instead, a cinematic experience has been created until the production can be seen live.
Watch the “Eye, Lash!” trailer here.