Programme

Kat Válastur

Eye, Lash! / Film

FilmDance

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On a stage, a person stands in a puddle. The person twirls around with a long whip.
A white person is lying on the floor. Several bouquets of flowers can be seen around them and the person is illuminated by a spotlight.
The same person stands and raises their arms in the air.
A person with blond hair kneels and presses their face into a bouquet of flowers.

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.

Cast

Concept, choreography, performance: Kat Válastur, Kat Válastur / Light design: Martin Beeretz / Assistance light: Vito Walter / Music/sound design: Stavros Gasparatos / Assistance sound: Reei Metz / Set design: Ulrich Leitner / Stage sculpture: Ursula Linke / Costume: Kat Válastur, werkstattkollektiv / Dramaturgical advice: Maja Zimmermann / Assistance choreography: Tamar Sonn / Production management: Sina Kießling / Touring & distribution: Nicole Schuchardt (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) / Film director: Ilaria di Carlo / Cinematography: Nadja Krüger / 1st AC / 2nd Camera: Ethan Folk / Editor: Sofia A. Machado

Dates

  • Past
    Premiere
    Tue 9.3.2021, 19:00 / HAU4

Credits

Production Kat Válastur. Co-production HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and December Dance (Concertgebouw & Cultuurcentrum Brugge.Funded by  Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Co-production Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Residency support Ménagerie de Verre within the framework of the studiolab.

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HAU4
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