In the two-part evening directed by artistic director Helge Letonja and the Frantics collective, Of Curious Nature (OCN) reflects on the emotional challenges of today’s generation.
Endtropy | Frantics Co.
In “Endtropy” Frantics Co. explores the human pursuit of perfection and the paradox of its unattainability. The ongoing optimization of one’s self requires a high level of effort and energy. Expectations of flawlessness and perfection distort one’s view of reality. The title alludes associatively to the concept of entropy borrowed from the nature of the universe, which indicates the “measure of disorder” in a system where particles always strive for order and stability. The protagonists’ struggle for absolute control over their own selves and their adoration as icons, however, starkly exposes the dark side of competition. With the ensemble, Frantics exaggerates the superficialities of a perfectly styled world to the grotesque.
A Late Summer Night’s Dream | Helge Letonja
What would we be without our dreams? They are the engine, driving force, and place for healing and self-discovery (Helge Letonja).
In his detailed and emotionally expressive movement language, Helge Letonja creates a choreographic symbol with “A Late Summer Night’s Dream” that addresses the urgent search for connection and physicality. A gathering of young people in the forest. As a place of promise, it stimulates the senses with its ancient connections and deep-rooted symbioses. The desire to immerse oneself in its mysterious world and forget oneself unfolds a whirlwind of entanglements. In search of touch and devotion, the group immerses itself in the charged atmosphere of a late summer night, with individuals becoming ensnared by each other. Ecstatic and nightmarish states alternate until the night passes and the window of time for plunging into a seductive dream world closes again.
The Spanish composer Miguel Marin, who has been awarded multiple times for his compositions in the realm of dance, creates the music for both pieces. Marin employs electro-acoustic elements in his evocative soundscapes to create a immersive experience. With his music, he enhances the immersion into the dancers’ world of movement.
Concept, Choreography: Frantics Dance Company | Choreographic assistance, training management: Mariko Koh| Dance: Lys Cabral Sampietro, Casey Hess, Tereza Hloušková, Myles Langston Hunter, Xavier Lott, Andrea Scarfi, Dipesh Verma, Alice Zucconi | Music: Miguel Marin | Stage: Carolina Collado I Costume: Marie Siekmann | Light design: Laurent Schneegans
A Late Summer Night’s Dream
Concept, Choreography: Helge Letonja | Choreographic assistance, training management: Mariko Koh | Dance: Lys Cabral Sampietro, Casey Hess, Tereza Hloušková, Myles Langston Hunter, Xavier Lott, Andrea Scarfi, Dipesh Verma, Alice Zucconi| Dramaturgical advice: Anke Euler | Music: Miguel Marin | Light design: Laurent Schneegans | Costume: Nicole Reiher | Costume Production: Nicola Essig, Jenny Podehl & Dominice Steffen
Technical management: Nathaniel Johnson | Light adaptation | Management: Kerstin Witges I Production management: Henriette Koch, Médoune Seck | Press relations: Anja Michalke I Graphic design: Andrea Dilzer | Photo: Marianne Menke |Film/Media: Médoune Seck | Social media: Lucia Afonso
A production by TanzRAUM Nord gUG with Parktheater Iserlohn and steptext dance project, funded by the Senator für Kultur Bremen, the Waldemar Koch Stiftung Bremen and the Karin und Uwe Hollweg Stiftung Bremen.