AUSTRALIA AT THEATER DER WELT
VENUE: Various, Hamburg
As part of the ‘Festival des Internationalen Theaterinstituts’ (ITI) taking place in Hamburg between 25 May and 11 June – Theater der Welt (TdW) is proud to host four Australian contemporary art productions.
FIVE SHORT BLASTS
Flynn & Humphrey
In international maritime language, FIVE SHORT BLASTS – five acoustic signals – mean: „I am not sure of your intentions and am concerned we are going to collide“. Inspired by Hamburg, the city on the river, the Australian artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey develop a unique and extremely personal route – at first in a rowing mini-fleet on the Alster, then on a traditional barge on the Elbe.
AN ACT OF NOW
Chunky Move / Anouk van Dijk
A glass house in a huge hall – this is the impressive setting for a thrilling dance performance from Australia. Equipped with headphones, the audience observes the dancers’ explosive body language. They are voyeurs, Big Brother or a scientific observer, but they cannot escape the dancers’ unbelievable physical performance, and are absorbed by a movement vocabulary that is… deeply moving.
LADY EATS APPLE
Back to Back Theatre / Bruce Gladwin
Looking back through history, there are countless examples of deviance inspiring art – art which would not have been possible without it. The Australian ‘Back to Back Theatre’ is one such example. Inspired by James Turrell’s land art, Diane Arbus’ photographs and Kenneth Anger’s poetic films, director Bruce Gladwin’s collective and the ensemble of ‘intellectually disabled people’ have developed their own unmistakable style.
LADY EATS APPLE is an enchanting, visually overwhelming triptych about the Garden of Eden, humanity’s long journey over thousands of years and the urban jungle of the present. In fantastical visual worlds, Back to Back Theatre tells of the human limbo between life and death and the fundamental fear of recognising that, in the infinity of creation, man is just as mortal as every animal and plant.
Beginning in the early evening hours, when the sun slowly sets, the city and its sky’s inhabitants become the actual performers of a site-specific production that snakes from the Baakenhöft throughout the city. Optical impressions become tangible through binoculars, acoustic impressions are a unique soundscape of noises, local birds and music on headphones; video art is in the mix. Unusual locations and ornithological niches characterize the route, while the audience itself becomes a flock and encounters the city in intimate detail – organic matter, digital portals, architectural textures, and living bodies illuminated by a disappearing sun – an immersive walk of a special kind.